Alpine fire

JENNINGS FIRE AT 400 ACRES: PARTIAL REOPENING OF I-8

Three firefights injured battling blaze

By Miriam Raftery,  photo by Jonathan Goetz

July 11, 2017 (Alpine/Lakeside./Flinn Springs) -- The #JenningsFire that began at 1:40 p.m. near Lake Jennings in Lakeside has swelled to 400 acres, Cal Fire reports.  Forward spread of the fire has been stopped.

Mandatory evacuations are in effect for 15000 Viewside Lane along the south side of I-8 in Alpine and is a structure threat to five homes. 

An evacuation center is open at Joan MacQueen Middle School located at 2001 Tavern Road in Alpine.

An earlier announced evacuation center at Granite Hills High has been closed.

ALPINE FIRE PROTECTION DISTRICT RECEIVES GRANT FUNDING FOR NEW RESCUE EQUIPMENT

 

East County News Service

December 7, 2016 (Alpine) –  The Alpine Fire Protection District (AFPD) has been awarded a $35,000 grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety (OTS) for Rescue Extrication Equipment.  The AFPD will use the funds to purchase modern life-saving equipment capable of safely assisting firefighters in extricating victims trapped in motor vehicle collisions. 

ALPINE FIRE IMPROVES ISO INSURANCE RATING; HOMEOWNERS AND BUSINESS COULD SEE LOWER INSURANCE RATES

 

Source: Alpine Fire

September 11, 2016 (Alpine) – The Alpine Fire Protection District (AFPD) recently improved its rating from a national insurance risk company, which may result in lower insurance coverage rates residents and business owners in the District.  The District was recently notified by the Insurance Services Office (ISO) that after a recent re-evaluation of the AFPD a rating of 2/2Y will be effective September 1, 2016.

FIRES HALTED ALONG I-8 IN EAST COUNTY

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

By Miriam Raftery and Nadin Abbott

Photos by Daren Sefcik, Jeff Holz, and Delia Cooley

May 3, 2014 (San Diego’s East County) – Multiple fires along I-8 broke out this morning between East Willows Road and Japatul this morning, as ourViejasAlerts reported earlier.  The fires are believed to have been caused by a malfunctioning catalytic converter from a vehicle.

The largest forced closure of a viewpoint in Japatul and charred 12-14 acres. 

ALPINE COUPLE’S HOME DESTROYED IN CHRISTMAS EVE FIRE

 

By Miriam Raftery

December 31, 2013 (Alpine) – Residents of Alpine are pulling together to help a young couple whose home on Arnold Way was destroyed by a fire on Christmas Eve.

Shara Halverson and her boyfriend, Sean Barrett were away visiting friends when their home caught fire.  They have no renters insurance and lost almost everything in the flames, though they are grateful for small miracles.

FIRES NOW 40 ACRES AS CREWS BATTLE BLAZES

Photos by Tamar Carter

September 26, 2013 (San Diego’s East County) – Three fires burning in East County have now charred a total of 40 acres.  All three started off I-8 at Dunbar Lane in Alpine, Greenfield Drive in El Cajon, and Los Coches in the Lakeside/El Cajon area.

“Forward spread is stopped,” Mike Mohler with Cal Fire told East County Magazine at 7:45 p.m.   “Residents should be informed that there are still open fire lines and engine lines will remain in the area through probably mid-day tomorrow.”

No evacuation orders are currently in place and residents have been allowed back home, he added. Earlier, 10 news reported some residents on Lotus Lane had been advised to evacuate.  No structures have been damaged.

3 FIRES BURNING IN EAST COUNTY

 

September 26, 2013 (San Diego's East County) --Fires are burning off I-8 at Dunbar Lane in Alpine, Greenfield in El Cajon, and Los Coches Road behind Vons in the Lakeside/El Cajon area. The first blaze began about 5:30.  10 News has a live video http://www.10news.com/video/live_video

An eyewitness told 10 News that as she passed Greenfield, she saw a string of small flames popping up.  She said she got repeated busy signals trying to call 911.  

"Right now the total acreage is around 30 acres," Mike Mohler of Cal-Fire reported.  "Firefighters are making good progress but we still have a long way to go."  Homes are threatened and residents have been advised to leave some homes on Lotus Lane.  Mohler said authorities are investigating the possibility of arson, or a vehicle malfunction. 

FIRE SHUTS DOWN HIGHWAY 80 IN FLINN SPRINGS

Update: ECM writer Nadin Abbott is at the scene; authorities except this incident to last another 3-4 hours and the fire fully extinguished. 

February 25, 2013 (Flinn Springs) -- A fire at atowing facility has shut down Olde Highway 80 at Flinn Springs, CHP's incident page reports and IPN confirms.

"It is on or near...[a towing facility] 15289 Old Highway 80," Russ Park, who shot the photo at left, told ECM.  The blaze is at least 100 yards off the main road.  Park confirmed an early IPN report, with both indicating the fire originated at a pile of junked cars. IPN reports propane tanks nearby.  Visibility on I-8 is also now affected.

Burning tires are sending billlows of black smoke visible across the area, the Alpine Community Network reports.

2 LANES REOPENED ON I-8 EAST AFTER CREWS SLOW BRUSH FIRES IN ALPINE

Update:  3:40:  Cal Fire has cancelled resources not yet at the scene; fires have totalled less than half an acre, per latest estimate.  Two lanes of I-8 east have been reopened, CHP reports.

Update 3:25 p.m.: Multiple small fires are burning on both sides of Alpine Blvd., Cal Fire's Roxanne Provaznik reports.  The fire is spreading slowly and there are no immediate threats to structures. 

LUCKY DOG: FIREFIGHTERS SAVE FALLEN ANIMAL IN DRAMATIC ALPINE RESCUE

 

 

 

Photos by Captain Brian Boggeln

 

 

 

 

September 22, 2011 (Alpine) – A dog that fell and became wedged inside a rocky, 15-foot deep crevasse in the 2600 block of Big Wheel Way is free and in good health, thanks to the extraordinary efforts of Alpine firefighters. 

BERNICE SAFFORD, 82, KILLED IN ALPINE CAR ACCIDENT; HUSBAND SERIOUSLY INJURED


September 16, 2011 (Alpine) – The San Diego Medical Examiner’s office has identified Bernice Helen Safford, 82, as the victim killed in a car accident yesterday afternoon in Alpine. According to Officer Brian Penning at the California Highway Patrol, Safford’s husband, who was a passenger in the vehicle she was driving, was also seriously injured and remains hospitalized.

 

 

ALPINE FIRE POSED CHALLENGES FOR FIREFIGHTERS

By Miriam Raftery
 

December 14, 2009 – A structure fire in Alpine reported shortly before 6 p.m. this evening has been extinguished, a dispatcher for Heartland Fire has informed East County Magazine. The fire at a two-story home the 1600 block of Peutz Valley Road posed challenges to firefighters, who found a locked gate at the scene, according to Incident Protection Network.