“Precious moments were lost and that caused the fire to get out of control…Lives have been lost that may have been saved if they had been able to get water out of Lake Morena and not burned 6,000 acres in less than 12 hours.”—Karen McIntyre, Campo
By Miriam Raftery
Photos: Karen McIntyre displays photos of Lake Morena before and after the City of San Diego drained away over 97% of the water.
July 8, 2016 (Campo)—At a heated meeting of the Campo-Lake Morena Community Planning Group, residents vented anger over the loss of homes and lives during the Border Fire. Some fault the City of San Diego for draining Lake Morena, claiming lack of water delayed firefighting aircraft responses.
The residents are demanding changes—and some are talking about legal remedies to take back control of their local water supply.