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Baja California Wildfire Threat

Updated on 3 November 2019

The Situation:

Recent wildfires in Baja California – Tecate, Rosarito, Tijuana, Ensenada – have led to

several road closures along the Tijuana-Ensenada Free Highway since 20 October. Some of

these closures have lasted from a few hours to nearly 20 hours. This alert is sent to raise

awareness of possible impacts to overland travel.

As of 2 November 2019, Mexican authorities say two people have been killed and 35 homes

damaged by two wildfires burning in the northwestern border state of Baja California. In

Rosarito, a fire that closed the highway burned approximately 60 acres and was 95%

contained as of the last report. In Ensenada, a fire approximately 18 miles southeast of the

city center destroyed 25 acres and was 100% under control, according to authorities. Two

were reported dead and around 30 homes were destroyed as a result of the two fires.

Over the last two weeks, various fires have also destroyed land and homes throughout


No rain is reported in the forecast for Baja California.

Possible Effects:

  • Smoke, heavy at times which may cause reduced visibility

  • Possible road closures, especially along the Tijuana-Ensenada Free Highway

  • Possible power outages in homes and places of work near current fires

  • Evacuation warnings if new fires begin

Mitigating Factors to Apply:

  • Remain vigilant to rapidly changing situations and make travel adjustments as you see fit

  • Heed any evacuation warnings

  • Monitor local news and weather media for updates

  • Allow extra time for travel

  • Avoid traveling through areas with reduced visibility

  • Keep electronics charged

  • Enroll in Safe Traveler Program from your preferred embassy to receive alerts

DISCLAIMER and Hold Harmless

Disclaimer: LSDS gathers information from multiple sources and offers insight and perspective to travelers. Sources cannot be validated for accuracy in every instance. Travelers assume all risk associated with their travel and are responsible for the decisions associated with travel and for their own safety. Users of this reference document agree, to hold harmless LSDS (LLC) its employees and clients associated with any risk or injury incurred during travel.


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