SAN DIEGO — A stubborn fire on the dry slopes of Palomar Mountain continued to burn Tuesday as 1,245 firefighters, many of them from out of state, battled to contain the 9,000-acre blaze that has swept into inaccessible canyons and timberland not touched by fire in more than 100 years.
Rob Bruggema, a spokesman for the California Department of Forestry, said the fire, which began Saturday at about 3 p.m., was about 40% contained Tuesday. "But we have absolutely no idea when the fire will be 100% contained," he added.
However, firefighters were thankful for Tuesday's slightly cooler temperatures and more of the same that is forecast for today. Firefighters hope the gradual cooling trend will slow down flames that have raced up and down the numerous rugged canyons feeding the fire.
Additionally, the blaze is traveling to higher elevations where temperatures are cooler and there is more moisture, raising optimism among fire officials that the worst is behind them.