Higher humidity and cooler temperatures are aiding firefighters, Cal Fire reports. The Vallecito Lightning Complex is now 22,828 acres and 90% contained. The suppression costs are up to $6,400,000 and firefighters still have a mile of containment line to construct. There have been a total of 4 injuries to firefighters.
As of this evening, all roads in the fire area have been opened and all evacuation orders have been lifted.
August 18, 2012 (San Diego's East County) -- The following presentation is available to anyone wishing to offer it to an organization that wishes to support improved fire safety for our region through adoption of an emergency resolution.
Click here to view the presentation.
Click here to view the resolution, which is initially being presented to the San Diego County Democratic Party's Council of Clubs and Central Committee, but can be adopted by any organization.
August 17, 2012 (San Diego)--The San Diego FBI warns of a new Citadel malware platform used to deliver ransomware named Reveton. The ransomware lures the victim to a drive-by download website, at which time the ransomware is installed on the user’s computer. Once installed, the computer freezes and a screen is displayed warning the user they have violated United States federal law. The message further declares the user’s IP address has been identified by the Federal Bureau of Investigation as visiting websites that feature child pornography and other illegal content.
Update August 17, 2012: All evacuation orders have been lifted. The Lightning Complex Fires are now 85% contained at 22, 836 acres. Flash floods and rainfall are forecast, with mud slides possible in recently burned areas.
August 17, 2012 (La Mesa) – La Mesa Police have issued a warning that a man in a “beat up” white small or medium pickup truck attempted to lure a 16-year-old female student into his vehicle. The girl was walking to Helix High School at 8 a.m. today in the 7500 block of University Ave. when the suspect pulled up next to her, got out of his truck and told her, “Hey, get in my car.”
August 17, 2012 (Lemon Grove)--Mary England, Council Member in the City of Lemon Grove, announced this week that she will not seek reelection and is retiring from Lemon Grove public office.
"I am honored to have served the people of Lemon Grove as their elected official for the past 12 years. Throughout these past years we have made remarkable strides in the development and infrastructure of our city," stated England.
By Miriam Raftery
August 16, 2012 (San Diego’s East County) – Amid blistering heat and wildfires blazing across our region, here’s news that may inspire a chill down your spine.
A recent issue of Al Qaeda’s publication, Inspire, has surfaced on jihad forums inspiring Western terrorists to start forest fires in the U.S.
Industrial-scale Wind turbines have caused numerous fires due to explosions, fuel oil leaks and lightning strikes. Should they be prohibited in wildfire-prone East County?Submitted by miriamg on Thu, 08/16/2012 - 20:11
August 16, 2012 (San Diego) -- Little Saigon Foundation presents San Diego Lantern Festival 2012 August 17- 19 at Hoover High School, 4474 El Cajon Blvd., San Diego. The event is from 5 – 11 p.m. on Friday and 10 a.m. – 11 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. The multicultural event features a display of 6,000 lanterns and brings neighbors, businesses and community groups together.
The event includes carnival rides and games, a kids talent contest, Chinese chess competitions, Lion dance and martial arts performances and more. The 2nd annual Miss Asia San Diego Pageant will also be held.
- Paul Ryan is Mitt Romney’s pick for Vice Presidential nominee (Washington Post)
- A brief introduction to the potential second lady:
- Flood won’t delay start of solar farm near Blythe:
- New homes burn faster, but states resist sprinklers (Reuters)
- For unpaid college loans, Feds doc Social Security (Smart Money)
- Right wing extremism terrorism as deadly a threat as Al Qaeda? (CNN)
- Blind mice given sight after device cracks retinal code (Bloomberg)
- Thousands rally in Tunisia for women’s rights(Reuters)
- Magnitude 7.3 quake hits eastern Russia (UT San Diego
- China’s ghost towns and shopping malls (BBC)
- Sewage-munching microbes may generate electricity (Reuters)
- Hundreds of dead fish found in Lakeside’s Lindo Lake Park (10 News)
- County’s top job filled with no public notice (KPBS)
- Have your schools done a Poway? (Voice of San Diego)
- Violence continues at San Diego juvenile hall (CityBeat)
- Lemon Grove to put 2 medical marijuana ordinances on November ballot(UT San Diego)
- Protective order issued against Border Patrol agents (10 News)
- City Council receives mostly low grades on environmental issues (Voice of San Diego)
- E. County tribal officer arrested for assault (UT San Diego)
- La Mesa bank teller thwarts robbery (UT San Diego)
- New trolley routes coming next month ((UT San Diego)
- Assembly passes corporate tax hike (Sacramento Bee)
- 3 park officials disciplined in vacation buyout scandal (Sacramento Bee)
- Despite falling gas prices, California’s gas prices soar in wake of refinery fire (Sacramento Bee)
- Chevron facility deemed hazardous (UT San Diego)
Exclusive: Bond insurer sues California over development agencies (Reuters)
August 16, 2012 (Dehesa) – Charles Robert Cook, 35, of San Diego died August 13 of respiratory failure at Sharp Memorial Hospital five days after he was seriously injured in a head-on collision.
He was traveling westbound on Dehesa Road in El Cajon when a Honda CR-V crossed the center divider and struck his vehicle head-on.
August 16, 2012 (La Mesa) – La Mesa resident Dorothy Stephens, 85, was walking in a crosswalk with a friend on August 13 around 7:30 p.m. when they were struck by an oncoming truck.
Despite efforts by paramedics to revive her, she died before a medical helicopter arrived. Cause of death was multiple blunt force injuries.
August 16, 2012 (San Diego’s East County) – A thunderstorm capable of producing flash floods, deadly lightning and wind gusts to 60 mph has been spotted near Dulzura, moving south, the National Weather Service warns. The storm is northeast of Tecate; Otay is also under a warning for the severe weather.
“This is a dangerous storm,” the NWS warns. If you are in its path, immediately move indoors, preferably in a strong building away from windows. Do not drive through flooded roadways. “Turn around…don’t drown,” the NWS advises.
In addition, a strong thunderstorm has been spotted 9 miles west of Palomar Mountain and 11 miles southeast of Temecula, moving west, capable of 50 mph gusts and heavy rain.
By Brian Lafferty
Catching up on a few I missed.
August 16, 2012 (San Diego) – This review of The Dark Knight Rises is one of the toughest I’ve ever written during my tenure at East County Magazine. I spent what seemed like hours trying to figure out how to start writing about one of the year’s most anticipated films. After many false starts, I realized I needed to just get to it.
By Brian Lafferty
August 16, 2012 (San Diego) – Tod Browning is a director whose career I lament as much as I admire. He began as a comedic actor who appeared in dozens of shorts (almost all of them directed by Edward Dillon) for Mutual Film Company. Then he turned his eye to directing, where he slowly established himself as a reliable helmsman of mostly crime and mystery films. He’s best known, however, for his work in the horror genre. In 1931 he directed the now-immortalized Dracula starring Bela Lugosi. After many years pounding the pavement, he seemed destined for even more greatness.
Then he directed Freaks.
By Nadin Abbott
August 11, 2012 (El Cajon)--The mood at the Cuyamaca College Water Conservation Garden was relaxed. People came to have good food, drink, and listen to some of our local politicians debate in a friendly forum.
Participants were Congressman Bob Filner (D-50th), currently running for Mayor of San Diego, California Senator Joel Anderson (R-36th District), Assemblyman Brian Jones (R-77th District) and County of San Diego Supervisor Dianne Jacob.
Update August 16, 2012 8 a.m. - The fires are now 60% contained; acreage remains at 15,525. Moderate fire growth will continue today and a return to monsoonal flow will begin this morning, says Roxanne Provaznik with Cal Fire. Direct fireline tactics remain difficult due to terrain. Three firefighters have been injured; cost to suppress the fire is up to $3,870,000. Evacuations and road closures remain in effect.
Update Augusut 15, 2012 9 p.m. -- Fires have scorned 15,525 acre and are 35% contained. The two largest blazes are the Wilson Fire (8,000 acres and 50% contained) and the Stewart Fire (7,000 acres and 40% contained).
Story and photos by Nadin Abbott
August 15, 2012 (Ranchita)-- The mood was tense as firefighters made a stand on Old Wilson Road and Montezuma Road this afternoon. Hand crews were about to do what Public Information Officer for Cal- Fire Tom Piranio called "burning the fuel back to the main fire."
By Chief Ken Mimlott, Director of CAL FIRE
August 16, 2012 (Sacramento)0Due to the menace of wildfires and their potential to destroy life, property, and natural resources, as well as predicted fire weather and other factors, and utilizing the authority vested in me by Section 4423.1 of the Public Resources Code, I hereby proclaim:
1. All RESIDENTIAL “DOORYARD” (FORM LE-62 a and b) BURNING PERMITS within State Responsibility Area and Local Responsibility Areas under contract to CAL FIRE in the counties listed above will be SUSPENDED beginning 08:00 hours August 15, 2012. Previously issued “Dooryard” permits will no longer be valid.
Note: organizers assure that the fires are nowhere close to Julian, and burning away from the town.
August 16, 2012 (Juian) – The San Diego Astronomy Association (SDAA) and the town of Julian bring Starfest to Menghini Winery, 1150 Julian Orchards Lane, Julian, August 16 – 19.
The three day event will include numerous speakers, vendors, a Swap Meet and food. The stars will be the highlight come nightfall and telescopes will be set up throughout the viewing area.
FROM THE FIRE CHIEF'S CORNER: AFTER THE FIRE CONSIDERATIONS--REPLACING VALUABLE DOCUMENTS AND RECORDS
By Sam DiGiovanna, East County Magazine’s in-house Fire Chief
August 16, 2012 (San Diego’s East County)--Below is a checklist of documents that are commonly lost in a fire. Under the type of document is the institution or agency to contact for a replacement. Do not forget to take any medications.
If you are asked to evacuate, please do so immediately… Don’t become part of the existing problem!
August 15, 2012 (Riverside)--The Buck Fire in Riverside County, meanwhile, has scorched 3,000 acres and is still only 5% contained. Two civilians and three firefighters suffered injuries in the Buck Fire, including one major injury to a civilian.
Dozens of homes have been evacuated and hundreds of firefighters are battling the blaze in the Aguanga area about 15 miles from the San Diego County Line.
By Brian Lafferty
Catching up on a few I missed.
August 16, 2012 (San Diego) – Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs introduced the first Disney Princess. Later Disney Princesses included, among others, Cinderella, Aurora (Sleeping Beauty), Belle (Beauty and the Beast), and Rapunzel (Tangled). It took seventeen years after Toy Story in 1995, but Pixar finally decided to get in the game with Brave, their newest film and first to feature a female leading character.
August 15, 2012 (Alpine) -- In a collaborative effort to increase high school sports media coverage in the East County of San Diego, the Grossmont Union High School District, in cooperation with the San Diego Section of the CIF, has awarded the live sports broadcast rights to media entity MY 1079 FM. The station will provide live broadcasts of a "Game-of-the-Week" for the Grossmont District schools. The current agreement is for the 2012-2013 scholastic year. Sports will include football, basketball, baseball, and more.
August 14, 2012 (San Diego) -- Up until presumptive Republican Presidential nominee Mitt Romney named Wisconsin Congressmember Paul Ryan as his running mate on August 10, the safe bet seemed to be that Romney was going to base his general-election strategy on “a referendum, not a choice.” For one thing, that’s Politics 101: as pioneering American political scientist V. O. Key said in the 1960’s, Americans vote on issues but “retrospectively and negatively.”
Aug. 15, 2012 (Miramar Naval Air Station) – Today, the 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing (MAW) has been requested by the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE) to assist with the wildfires burning in eastern San Diego County."
By Miriam Raftery
August 14, 2012 (Ocotillo) – Like a mirage rippling across the desert, they came.
A caravan of vehicles rumbled into the Ocotillo Express wind construction site on Saturday, filled with area residents and tribal members from across the southwest prepared to form a blockade to halt the project that is destroying their community. They came from as far away as Yuma, Arizona, and Los Angeles to take a stand in the sand.
But on this sweltering August morning, the bulldozers were silent—and the protesters claimed victory.
August 15, 2012 (San Diego’s East County) – Firefighters have achieved 15% containment of the Vallecito Lightning Complex. Firefighting costs have topped $2 million. A threat continues to exist to the 69KV electrical distribution lines in Grapevine Canyon that serve the communities of Borrego Springs, Warner Springs, and Ranchita. Mandatory evacuations remain in effect in Ranchita and San Felipe. No structures have been lost.
A fire information line has been set up at (619)590-3160.
FIRES TO MERGE OVERNIGHT: EVACUATIONS IN RANCHITA AND SAN FELIPE AREAS AMID "EXTREME" FIRE CONDITIONS
By Miriam Raftery
Update 11:15 p.m. -- Scanner traffic indicates fire jumped Grapevine Canyon. S-2 is closed. A new evacuation site for large animals for Ranchita residents is established at Creek Hollow Ranch in Ramona, 25279 Creek Hollow Drive, per the County emergency website. (Love Ranch, named in an earlier post, is NOT being used for large animal evacuations.)
By Miriam Raftery
August 14, 2012 (San Diego's East County) 9 p.m. -- Multiple fires in the Vallecito Lightning Complex have scorched 5,925 acres, with only 10% contained, Cal Fire's Roxanne Provaznik reports. Firefighters have 22.7 miles of containment line to construct.