Harris Fire

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Aerial View of Harris Fire 10-23-07 1 pm.jpg
Aerial view of the Harris Fire on October 23, 2007, 12:05 pm
Location Potrero, San Diego, California
Cost $21 million[1]
Date(s) 21 October 2007 - 9 November 2007
Burned area 90,440 acres (366 km2)[1]
  • 253 residential structures
  • 2 commercial properties
  • 293 outbuildings
Injuries 40 firefighters[1]
Fatalities 5 civilians[1]

The Harris Fire burned in a northwest direction from its starting point at Harris Ranch Road in the town of Potrero, in the far south of San Diego County, a few miles north of Tecate, Mexico. On October 23 the fire approached eastern Chula Vista.[2]

Many communities were evacuated, with evacuation centers set up at a nearby high school and community center.[3]

Thomas James Varshock, 52, of Potrero, died on his property during the Harris Fire on Sunday. His teenage son suffered burn injuries, as did four firefighters of the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection who attempted to rescue them.[4] The fire may also have caused the deaths of four migrant workers near the U.S.–Mexico border.[5] An estimated 1,210 firefighters battled this fire.[6]

The Harris Fire also affected northern Mexico, near the town of Tecate.[7]

The Harris Fire burning on Mount San Miguel on the morning of October 23, 2007


  1. ^ a b c d "Harris Fire". CAL FIRE. Retrieved 22 August 2015. 
  2. ^ Anne Krueger, Leonel Sanchez and Ray Huard (22 October 2007). "Harris fire burning unchecked, heads for Otay Lakes and Chula Vista". Signonsandiego.com. 
  3. ^ Neely, Liz and David Hasemyer and Karen Kucher (October 22, 2007). "Harris fire roars unchecked in East County - 700 residents flee Barrett Junction". SignOnSanDiego.com. San Diego Union Tribune. Retrieved 2007-10-22. 
  4. ^ "Heroics in failed San Diego fire rescue". United Press International. October 23, 2007. Retrieved 2007-10-23. 
  5. ^ "4 charred bodies in Calif. migrant camp". AP via Yahoo! news. October 25, 2007. Archived from the original on 2007-10-28. Retrieved 2007-10-25. 
  6. ^ "Harris fire update 8:16pm October 23, 2007". SignOnSanDiego.com. San Diego Union Tribune. October 23, 2007. Retrieved 2007-10-23. 
  7. ^ "KPBS Google Map". Google.com. October 24, 2007. Retrieved 2007-10-24.