UPDATE: Late Wed. afternoon:
Cal Fire is monitoring a brush fire that is about a half-mile inside Mexico near the U.S.-Mexico border. The blaze is about a half-acre in size and is burning east of Potrero, south of state Route 94 below Bell Valley, a Cal Fire spokesman said.
Firefighters said the fire appears to be burning away from the border.
SAN DIEGO, CA. Wednesday, August 26th – hot, dry, records being set. Did you know that there is a large fire burning in or near Tecate, Mexico. That’s about a 40 mile drive away – or 30 miles from downtown San Diego as the crow flies. I just watched the nightly news on several local San Diego TV stations. Not one word about the Tecate fire – although plenty of coverage of a fire in Los Angeles.
Why? And why does this continue to happen? Large fires burning – sometimes out of control – just across the border, but there’s no coverage about them on this side of the border.
Is it simply an American bias? Is it racism?
Isn’t it dangerous? What about true-Americans living just a few miles away from the Tecate fire? Reportedly, Cal Fire trucks, equipment and firefighters are currently patrolling on Highway 94. Don’t civilians who live close by deserve to know about a fire that is burning just a few miles away – although across an international border?
Just two weeks ago, I was visiting a friend who lives in Potrero, very close to the border. Off in the east there were huge billowing dark clouds – they weren’t clouds – they were smoke from a large fire burning south of the border. But, again, not one word from San Diego media.
It just does not make sense to not inform people who may live close to a large fire.