East County News Service
September 14, 2015 (San Diego’s East County) – Over 11,000 firefighters are battling 12 large fires across California. The fires have destroyed hundreds of homes and threaten thousands more. Several firefighters have been injured (but are recovering) and at least one life has been lost in the Valley Fire. Robert Louis Stevenson state park is closed due to the fires, which also continue to threaten giant sequoias at Kings Canyon National Park.
County Fire Chief Tony Mecham and the CAL FIRE unit in San Diego assure that stations in San Diego County are open and fully staffed; all days off for CAL-FIRE firefighters have been cancelled. He also urged local residents to be prepared in case fires occur here, warning of dangerous conditions.