October 24, 2007

Fires burn reservations

Tribal grounds not spared

Church and homes burn, Rincon casino threatenedFlames burned through Indian reservations in San Diego County's backcountry yesterday, scorching historic buildings and homes and threatening a casino.

The Poomacha fire began in a house on the La Jolla Indian reservation early yesterday and quickly spread west, blackening more than 7,000 acres there and at the nearby Rincon and San Pasqual reservations.

“We've lost a lot of our older buildings we had, that have been here for years and years,” said Rincon tribal councilman Bo Mazzetti. “Our church, our Catholic church, we lost that.”

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