After letting up briefly mid-afternoon, one head of the Harris fire is again roaring toward homes on Millar Ranch Road in Spring Valley. It’s currently blazing toward a red tiled home that has a fire engine stationed out front.

That scene has repeated itself here all day — each home with its own five-person protective force. The crews are like lifeguards for the homes, watching the fire from a distance to make sure that no embers leap onto the roofs. Right now the flames are raging through a dense stand of shrubs, and a steady stream of helicopters is making water drops. They are precise, negotiating two sets of power lines and a thick, choking black smoke. When CalFire says the Harris Fire’s flames won’t be fully out until Nov. 4, hot spots like this are part of the reason.


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