Photo, left: Cal Fire Chief Joe Rinaldi discusses need to cancel parade for safety's sake.
By Nadin Abbott
Photos Tom and Nadin Abbott
July 4, 2014 (Julian) The Fourth of July parade was an unintended victim of the so called “Banner Fire” east of Julian, which destroyed two homes and injured a firefighter. The fire started at around noon and by this morning it has charred 217 acres, with 40 percent containment according to Captain Ken Bortisser of CAL FIRE.
The following road closures remain in effect: State Route 78 at Manzanita Drive, and Manzanita Drive at Lakeview Drive.
The decision to cancel the parade, announced late yesterday by the California Highway Patrol and CAL FIRE, sparked consternation among some residents.