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East County Wildfire & Emergency Alerts


Update May 11, 2018 12:45 p.m.: Crews have found wreckage of an airplane but have not been able to identify the plane, nor whoever was aboard.  Anyone with information is asked to notify the Sheriff.

Update May 11, 2018 10 a.m.:  Morning firefighting crews are nearing the site; the fire is now 10 acres, Cal Fire reports.

Update: 9:55 p.m. from Cal Fire: Incident commander reports the fire is 3 to 4 acres, burning at a slow rate of spread on the north side of Volcan Mountain. There are no homes in the area of the .

May 10, 2018 (Ranchita/Julian) -- Cal Fire confirms that a brush fire is burning near Volcan Mountain in steep, inaccessible terrain tonight.  The Sheriff's Department has confirmed to ECM news partner 10 News that deputies can see flames near Ranchita, near Volcan Mountain, between Warner Springs adn Borrego.  A plane has been reported down, according to HAM radio reports and calls to authorities though the crash is not yet confirmed.

Brett Staulbaum, a ham radio operator in Shelter Valley, relayed this message to ECM warning of a possible risk to the nearby Shelter Valley area:

Fire on Volcan Mountain.

It has been reported. We could not call because of the no cell tower situation, but km6jur in La Mesa was able to contact authorities for us. They already had reports...

Just heard CDF TAC20, 151.1825, that it is an aircraft down situation.

Glad Paula noticed this on the way home from game night!

Stay aware Shelter Valley, it is windy and the fire is to our West...

Brett km6ecc

Paula km6mnk

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And so it begins, a possible start to a very rough fire season.