Gate Fire

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Gate Fire
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The Gate Fire burning as seen from the Lyons Peak West cam.
LocationSan Diego County, California
Coordinates32°39′00″N 116°48′19″W / 32.65°N 116.80527°W / 32.65; -116.80527Coordinates: 32°39′00″N 116°48′19″W / 32.65°N 116.80527°W / 32.65; -116.80527
Date(s)May 20, 2017 (2017-05-20) – May 23, 2017 (2017-05-23)
Burned area2,056 acres (8 km2)
CauseUnder investigation
FatalitiesNone reported
Non-fatal injuries1
Gate Fire is located in southern California
Gate Fire
Location in Southern California

The Gate Fire was a wildfire that burned in the Dulzura area southeast of Jamul along Highway 94 in the southern part of San Diego County, California in May 2017. Within the day, the fire spread from an initially reported 10 acres (4.0 ha) to then 1,500 acres (610 ha) in a matter of a few hours, as the fire was pushed by strong winds and dry grasslands mixed with chaparral. [2] The wildfire resulted in evacuation of 500 campers from the Pio Pico RV Resort and Campground. Highway 94 was also closed to the public due to the fire.[3] The fire was named the Gate incident due to its proximity to a landmark pink gate in the Dulzura area.[4]


Around 11:20 am on May 20, the fire was first reported burning with a moderate-to-rapid rate of spread near Highway 94 and Otay Lakes Road. Initially reported at 10 acres, the fire soon ballooned from 500 to then 800 acres by 5:55 pm that day.[5] Road closures were put into effect on Highway 94 from Honey Springs Road to Highway 188, and on Otay Lakes Road. [6] A Red Cross shelter was set up at Otay Ranch High School for evacuated residents and campers from the Dulzura and Thousand Trails campground area.[7] A Chula Vista police officer who was directing traffic near the Gate Fire was struck by a vehicle and seriously injured as a result.[8]

The Gate fire was declared 100% contained on May 23, after consuming a total 2,056 acres. [9]


On May 20, California officials launched a criminal investigation into the cause of the Gate fire, citing a video posted on Instagram showing the fire igniting with a group of people running away from the scene.[10][11] The investigation into the exact cause of the fire remains undetermined.


  1. ^ "Gate Fire". CAL FIRE. Retrieved May 20, 2017.
  2. ^ "CALFIRESANDIEGO at scene of a vegetation fire Hwy 94 south of Jamul. IC reports 10 ac and rapid rate of spread". CAL FIRE San Diego. Retrieved May 20, 2017.
  3. ^ Winkley, Lyndsay (June 15, 2016). "Gate fire evacuation orders lifted, criminal investigation ongoing". The San Diego Union-Tribune. Retrieved May 22, 2017.
  4. ^ "Gate Fire in Dulzura area fully contained". ABC 10 News. Retrieved May 20, 2017.
  5. ^ "GATE FIRE NOW 300-400 ACRES: EVACUATIONS ORDERED". East County Magazine. May 20, 2017. Retrieved May 20, 2017.
  6. ^ East County New Service (May 20, 2017). "GATE FIRE NOW 300-400 ACRES: EVACUATIONS ORDERED". East County Magazine. Retrieved May 20, 2017.
  7. ^ Raftery, Miriam (May 21, 2017). "CRIMINAL ARSON PROBE LAUNCHED INTO GATE FIRE". East County Magazine. Retrieved May 21, 2017.
  8. ^ "Chula Vista police officer hit while directing traffic away from 'Gate Fire'". Fox 5. Retrieved May 20, 2017.
  9. ^ "Gate Fire 100 percent contained, investigation continues". CBS 8. Retrieved May 23, 2017.
  10. ^ Fox News (May 22, 2017). "Wildfire in California: Gate fire under criminal investigation, authorities say". Fox News. Retrieved May 22, 2017.
  11. ^ Raftery, Miriam (May 21, 2017). "CRIMINAL ARSON PROBE LAUNCHED INTO GATE FIRE". East County Magazine. Retrieved May 21, 2017.