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5-ACRE FIRE IN LAKESIDE

 

May 26, 2011 (Lakeside) – Cal-Fire, working in unified command with Lakeside Fire Protection District, has halted the spread of a 5-acre fire burning south of the San Vicente Reservoir near the Morena gate in Lakeside.

 

Ten engines, two fire crews, a helicopter, an air tanker, bulldozer and water tender have helped battle the blaze. Access was limited due to construction in the area, however the situation is under control and a request for a second air tanker has been cancelled.


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15-ACRE FIRE IN RAMONA STLL BURNING

May 26, 2011 (Ramona) – Cal-Fire reports that three small spot fires that started last night have grown to 15 acres but are now under control, with full containment expected tomorrow afternoon. The location is in the vicinity of San Vicente Road and Bunnie King Lane.


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CONTROLLED BURNS IN EAST COUNTY

May 21, 2011 (San Diego’s East County) – If you see smoke, don't panic!  Heartland Fire is conducting controlled burns today in East County.


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IT’S WILDFIRE AWARENESS WEEK: CAL-FIRE PROVIDES INFO TO HELP HOMEOWNERS PREPARE


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TWO PLANE ACCIDENTS IN EAST COUNTY

 

April 10, 2011 (San Diego’s East County) – Two separate accidents in Ramona and Valley Center resulted in damage to aircraft and injury to one pilot.


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INJURED HIKER RESCUED IN BORREGO

 

April 9, 2011 (Borrego) – A female hiker, 61, was airlifted out of Palm Canyon in the Anza Borrego Desert this afternoon after suffering a possible fractured hip, Deputy Scott Bligh with the San Diego Sheriff Search and Rescue reports.

 

Copter 12, crewed by San Diego Sheriff’s and Cal-Fire personnel, were dispatched to assist Borrego Fire personnel.


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2 INJURED IN JULIAN HOUSE FIRE

February 22, 2011 (Julian) – An explosion possibly caused by a faulty installation of a clothes dryer caused a fire reported at 6:32 p.m. at a home at 3208 Salton Vistas Drive in Julian.

“We had two injuries,” Cal-Fire Captain Mike Mohler informed ECM. “We had one male in his 60s with burns and one female also in her 60s with injuries from a collapse.”


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LOCAL FIREFIGHTERS BATTLE 15-TONS OF BLAZING HAY IN IMPERIAL COUNTY

February 18, 2011 (Imperial County) – Five Cal-Fire engines from San Diego County have been dispatched to Imperial County to help fight 15 tons of hay set ablaze by arsonists.

Three people are in custody in connection to a pair of haystack fires in the Imperial Valley. The Imperial County Sheriff's Office said 29-year-old Darryl Elmore Junior, 28-year-old Martin Arthur Archuleta, and 25-year-old Luis Alberto Vasquez face arson fire charges.


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CONTROLLED BURN IN PINE VALLEY

 

February 14, 2011 (Pine Valley) – Cal-Fire is conducted a controlled burn today and tomorrow in Corte Madera Ranch near Pine Valley.

 

Smoke may be highly visible throughout much of East County.

 

The Alpine Community Network reports a controlled burn is also underway today in the Japatul Valley area.


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CONTROLLED BURN NEAR PINE VALLEY

February 7, 2011 (San Diego's East County)-- Cal-Fire will be conducting a controlled burn today and tomorrow south of Pine Valley on the Corte Madera Ranch (south of I-8).


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1 DEAD, ANOTHER INJURED IN HEAD-ON MOTORCYCLE CRASH IN OTAY

 

 

January 30, 2011 (Otay) – Two motorcycles collided head-on around 11:02 this morning on Otay Lakes Road, just west of the Otay Glider Port.

 

“Unfortunately, one patient was pronounced dead at the scene,” said Nick Schuler with Cal Fire. “The second patient who suffered arm and leg fractures was flown to Sharp Memorial Trauma Center by Mercy Air.”


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CONTROLLED BURN PLANNED NEAR PINE VALLEY

January 30, 2011 (Pine Valley) – Cal-Fire/San Diego County Fire Authority will conduct a controlled burn starting at Corte Mader Road near Pine Valley starting Monday, January 31 through Wednesday, February 2.


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CAL FIRE TO HOLD “FILL THE BOOT” CAMPAIGN TO HELP MUSCULAR DYSTROPHY ASSOCIATION DEC. 6-8

 

December 4, 2010 (San Diego’s East County) -- CAL FIRE/San Diego County Fire Authority in partnership with the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA) will be holding its annual Fill The Boot Drive to raise funds to battle this debilitating disease. Locations and times of East County locations where you can help “fill the boot” with donations are listed below:


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ROLLOVER ON 94 CLEARED

 

December 1, 2010 (Dulzura) – A semi-truck carrying 39,000 pounds of concrete rolled over last night on Highway 94 west of Dulzura.   On person received minor injuries, Cal-Fire Battalion Chief Nick Schuler reports.


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CONTROLLED BURN NEAR PINE VALLEY NOV. 9-10

 

November 8, 2010 (Pine Valley) – Cal-Fire will be burning brush piles on the Corte Madera Ranch south of Pine Valley during the next two days. Smoke will be visible from through the eastern portions of San Diego County. Weather permitting, the burns will begin around 10 a.m. and should be completed by 2 p.m. both days as part of an ongoing vegetation management plan, said Nick Schuler, Cal-Fire battalion chief.


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INJURIES IN MEXICO FROM FIRE THAT HAS NOW BURNED 6 ACRES IN U.S. AND 500 ACRES IN MEXICO

 

Update 9 p.m. Cal-Fire is sending five engines into Mexico.

September 26, 2010 (Tecate) 6:20 p.m. – Incident Page Network reports that a firetruck was overtaken by the fire at the U.S.- Mexico border fire shortly after 4 p.m. today. Cal-Fire spokesman Mike Mohler said he also received word that a fire truck may have burned but was unable to confirm.

 

However he assured, “All the firefighters are fine; a couple of civilians in Mexico were burned or injured and were transported to a medical facility in Mexico.”


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FIRE NEAR U.S.-MEXICO BORDER

 

Update 12 p.m. - This fire continues to spread and is moving toward the border, Cal-Fire's Nick Schuler said. There are currently 10 engines, 2 dozers, and 2 hand crews at the scene.  Helicopters are on the ground staging to combat the fire if it reaches the U.S.  In addition, air tankers are staging in Ramona if needed.  The fire is now 35+ acres.

September 19, 2010 (Boulevard) 11:25 a.m. – A brush fire is burning within 1,000 feet of the U.S.-Mexico border, just south of the community of Boulevard in East County. “Currently the fire is seven to 10 acres, rapid rate of spread moving in an easterly direction,” said Cal-Fire battalion chief Nick Schuler.


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JAMACHA FIRE NOW 50 ACRES, 1 STRUCTURE DAMAGED

 

Update 3:25 p.m.  Aircraft have been released and firefighters remain on hand mopping up hotspots at the scene of the fire, which is now contained.

September 18, 2010 (Spring Valley) 2:10 p.m. - The Jamacha Fire is now 50 acres and forward spread is halted, Chief August Ghio of San Miguel Fire confirms.  The fire is under joing command of Cal-Fire, U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, and San Miguel Fire.

 

Anxious residents poured into the streets to watch the fire at the Lamplighter Village mobile home park, where flames encroached just behind the complex. Smoke is visible from throughout East County and an evacuation center has been set up at Skyline Church.


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A BUSY DAY AT THE RAMONA AIR ATTACK BASE

Story and photos by Dennis Richardson

September 4, 2010 (Ramona) -- Aerial firefighters continue battling the Cowboy Fire, which is currently 65% contained with full control predicted Monday night. If not for this Ramona air field,  brush-covered open spaces in our backcountry would be even greater threats to residents throughout San Diego County.


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KIDS PLAYING WITH FIRE: CAUSE OF MONTE BLAZE

 

August 26, 2010 (Lakeside) - Fire investigators have determined that two juveniles playing with fire caused the Monte Fire, which started on August 21st and burned 926 acres. The blaze briefly threatened homes near the fire’s origin and nearly caused the death of two rock-climbers who were rescued by a Sheriff's helicopter in the nick of time.

 

Recently, there has been a rash of fires caused by children playing with matches or lighters in the backcountry, Cal Fire's Roxanne Provaznik said.


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ALLEGED ARSONIST ARRESTED

 

Eloy Bazan suspected in Lakeside blazes

 

July 30, 2010 (Lakeside)--An arrest has been made in connection with a series of recent vegetation fires in the Lakeside area. The most recent fire occurred last night  near I-8 and Los Coches Road at approximately 10:45 pm. Fire crews were able to quickly extinguish the fire; there was no damage to structures and no one was injured.


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240 LOCAL FIREFIGHTERS BATTLE BLAZES IN L.A. AND NORTHERN CALIFORNIA; CAL-FIRE CALLS IN OFF-DUTY FIREFIGHTERS IN SAN DIEGO COUNTY

By Miriam Raftery
 

July 31, 2010 (San Diego) – “Countywide, there are approximately 240 firefighters from San Diego at fires in the north,” Cal-Fire battalion chief Nick Schuler told East County Magazine today. That includes the Crown Fire southwest of Palmdale in Los Angeles County, which has scorched 13,918 acres and is 62% contained. In Kern County, another large blaze has charred 1,658 acres and is 85% contained.
 

About 220 of the 240 local firefighters deployed in northern regions are Cal Fire personnel, including 128 inmate firefighters. Cal-Fire employees a total of 500 people in San Diego County, Schuler said.


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FIRE DAMAGES CHURCH PROPERTY IN JULIAN

 

 

East County News Service

 

July 28, 2010 (Julian) – A fire during the night destroyed a triple-wide mobile home on the property of Whispering Winds Catholic Camp and Conference Center at 17606 Harrison Park Road in Julian. Firefighters from Cal Fire and the Julian Volunteer Fire Department responded to the fully-involved blaze at 2:53 a.m.


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DOG DIES, 4 HIKERS RESCUED ON CEDAR FALLS TRAIL DURING 100 DEGREE HEAT

 

July 18, 2010 (Ramona) – Cal-Fire rescued four dehydrated hikers and a dog, but were unable to save a second dog that collapsed and died on the trail to Cedar Falls near Ramona on Saturday. The group had hiked more than two miles in temperatures over 100 degrees.

 

The tragedy illustrates the need for hikers to know safety tips for themselves--and their dogs.


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$5,000 REWARDS OFFERED TO STOP ARSONISTS

 

Cal-Fire provides arson hotline for tips to bust firebugs

 

July 2, 2010 (San Diego’s East County) -- One out of four fires is started by arson, Cal Fire reports.

 

“When an arsonist sets a fire, everyone pays,” a public service announcement issued today by Cal-Fire reveals. “Arson fires destroy homes, businesses, communities, forests, wildlands and lives." Arson costs also include fire losses, firefighting expenses and higher insurance premiums--plus arson fires tie up fire crews and equipment.


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CAL-FIRE RESCUES HIKERS & SNAKE-BITTEN DOGS

 

East County News Service

 

June 28, 2010 (Ramona) – Cal-Fire and the Ramona Fire Department came to the assistance of five hikers who became dehydrated while hiking in the Cedar Creek area of Ramona. In addition, firefighters rescued two of the hikers’ dogs, that were bitten by rattlesnakes.


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SMASHIN’ AND CRASHIN’ AT THE DEL MAR FAIR: EAST COUNTY FIREFIGHTERS SCORE WINS IN DEMOLITION DERBY

Finale at Viejas Fire-Safe Expo proves a bang-up hit with crowd
 

By Miriam Raftery
 

June 25, 2010 (San Diego’s East County) – Lemon Grove Firefighters scored a victory in the Firefighters Demolition Derby, held June 19th at the Del Mar Fair. Viejas, sponsor of the event to benefit the San Diego Burn Institute, took second in the action-packed event.

The Firefighters Demolition Derby has been a long-standing tradition in East County, dating back to the days of the old Cajon Speedway. The event disappeared when the Speedway shut down in 2005—until now, when Viejas resurrected the Derby and brought it to Del Mar. View our videos of the derby’s opening and final round segments.


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100-ACRE BRUSH FIRE BURNING EAST OF JULIAN

 

Update June 17 10 am - The Narrows Fire is now 60% contained, with full containment expected by noon today, according to Chief Schuler.

JUNE 16, 2010 (Julian) – A 100 acre brush fire burning east of Julian is 50% contained, Cal-Fire Battalion Chief Nick Schuler has informed East County Magazine. The fire started at Highway 78 and Scissors Crossing, east of S2 and north of Shelter Valley and has burned acreage on both sides of 78.


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CAL-FIRE ISSUES NO-BURN PROCLAMATION

June 16, 2010 (San Diego’s East County) – Cal-Fire has issued a no-burn proclamation for all areas within San Diego County for which Cal-Fire is responsible. This includes all unincorporated areas of the County and parklands, but excludes incorporated cities.


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CAL FIRE TO CONDUCT LIVE-FIRE TRAINING WED. & THURS: SMOKE VISIBLE IN EAST COUNTY

 

 

 

 

June 15, 2010 (McCain Valley) -- If you see smoke rising over East County's backcountry tomorrow and Thursday, don't panic.  Cal-Fire will be conducting a “live fire” training exercise in the McCain Valley area near Boulevard approximately one mile north of Interstate 8 on June 16th and 17th. Smoke may be visible from many areas of Boulevard and the Campo Reservation as well as to those traveling on Interstate 8.


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