January 17, 2010 - CAL FIRE and the San Diego County Fire Authority have filled thousands of sandbags and are gearing up for the expected stormy weather with heavy equipment and manpower on hand to help in the event of emergencies.
Sandbags were filled at the following locations and remain available to the public, though the majority have already been picked up. CAL FIRE hopes to receive more from the County, according to Battalion Chief Nick Schuler. Sandbags may also be available at area hardware stores, should these locations run out:
o CAL FIRE Station 30-17304 Highway 94, Dulzura
o CAL FIRE Station 50-1587 Highway 78, Julian
o CAL FIRE Station 70-16971 Highway 76, Valley Center
o CAL FIRE Station 73-28205 North Lake Wohlford Road, Valley Center
o CAL FIRE Station 86-16310 Highway 67, Ramona
o Alpine Fire Station 17-1364 Tavern Road, Alpine
CAL FIRE bulldozers will be available for flood response throughout San Diego County should the request for assistance be made. Several four wheel drive engines will be staffed.
In addition, 18 fire crews (177 firefighters) will be available for flood fighting operations in addition to engine companies. CAL FIRE in cooperation with the San Diego County Fire Authority will have additional personnel available to respond and support water emergencies.