Daily Archives: May 14, 2014

Fire burns out of control in Carlsbad

Fire burns out of control in Carlsbad

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CarlsbadFire CARLSBAD, Calif. — Firefighters are battling a brush fire near McClellan-Palomar Airport in Carlsbad at Poinsettia Lane and Cassia Road.

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The fire is spreading west, fanned by heavy winds.

Homes and businesses in the fire’s path are being evacuated.

El Camino Real and Pointsettia Lane have been closed to traffic as firefighters set up in the area.

Helicopters making water drops on the fire using water features at the Leucadia Golf Course to refill.

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New fires break out in North County

New fires break out in North County

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PendletonFire CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. — A fire broke out Wednesday in a remote part of Camp Pendleton, base officials said.

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The blaze is burning in a part of the base called the Naval Weapons Station in the northeast part of the base near Fallbrook, a base spokesman told Fox 5 News. It broke out at about 9:45 a.m.

As of 11 a.m., the fire had spread to about 100 acres and was being blown toward the west by strong winds.

The Naval Weapons Station and the De Luz family housing area are being evacuated. The Mary Fay Elementary School on campus has also been evacuated.

This story will be updated as more information becomes available.

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1,600-acre Bernardo Fire now 25% contained

1,600-acre #BernardoFire now 25% contained

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[trib_ndn vid=26082603]SAN DIEGO — Crews worked through the night taking advantage of calmer winds early Wednesday as they cut a containment line around a wildfire that has charred at least 1,600 acres of brushy open land west of Black Mountain.

FireTrucksBernardo PHOTOS: Bernardo Fire

The so-called Bernardo Fire erupted around 11 a.m. Tuesday off Nighthawk Lane, southwest of Rancho Bernardo, according to Cal Fire. As of 6 a.m., the blaze was 25 percent contained and most of the flames had died down, said Cal Fire Capt. Kendal Bortisser. Crews hoped to have the fire 50 percent contained by Wednesday evening, he said.

” We’ve had crews out all night long — field observers on the ground, mapping folks that have been walking the fire to determine the exact perimeter, how large it is exactly and what the containment is like,” Bortisser said. “We still have winds coming in later this morning…

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AM Briefing from Bowlersdesk.com for May 14, 2014

Hundreds of acres burned and thousands of San Diegans evacuated to safety as hot dry Santa Anna winds fuel a fire dangerously close to homes. Late last night the evacuation orders were lifted and people were allowed to return to their homes. However the fire, called the Bernardo Fire, is still only 5% contained. Yesterday Poway Unified School District administrators evacuated students from Del Sur, Stone Ranch and Willow Grove elementary schools Students at Del Norte High School and at Oak Valley middle school stayed in classrooms as precautions. However as of this morning all schools in the Poway Unified School District are open.

San Diego Fire-Rescue Department Chief Javier Mainar says “It is unusual in May to have wind-driven fires like this that are such a challenge to contain”

As the morning comes the atmosphere will warm up and winds are expected to grow in speed. Today the National Weather Service is expecting temperatures to top 100 and wind speeds to gust as fast as 65-miles-per-hour. We will get an update on the fire as soon as the sun comes up.

This morning at University of San Diego’s Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace and Justice is hosting a forum on energy and climate change. Participating are speakers from Scripps Institution of Oceanography, California Center for Sustainable Energy, California Independent System Operator, California Air Resources Board, General Atomics, Sempra Energy, San Diego Gas and Electric, Climate Action Reserve and the University of San Diego Center for Sustainability.

San Diego City Council’s Infrastructure Committee is meeting at 9:00 about a report on the city parks and modernization of the border crossing.

At 1:30 this afternoon in El Cajon’s courthouse Anargyros Karabournitois is being arraigned and accused of trying to mark cards at the Barona Casino.

Then in Vista’s courthouse also at 1:30 Luis Bolanos is being sentenced for bringing a gun to Palomar College then telling Sheriff’s Deputies he wanted to get into a shootout.

This evening at 5:30 the fundraiser “Eat. Drink. Read.” is raising money for the San Diego Council on Literacy.

And finally at 6:00 PM San Diego City Council’s Public Safety and Livable Neighborhoods Committee is meeting about the cameras that SDPD officers are going to start wearing. They’ll be at Cherokee Point Elementary School.

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Gov. Brown warns of long and severe fire season

Gov. Brown warns of long and severe fire season

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SAN DIEGO — As flames tore through a swath of San Diego County from 4S Ranch to Rancho Santa Fe, Gov. Jerry Brown Tuesday urged Californians to prepare for what could be a long and severe fire season.

“Fire season, first of all, is starting much earlier and will last much longer,” Brown said at a San Diego news conference to tout revisions to his proposed state budget.

SAN DIEGO -- The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation and San Diego County officials finalized a contract that will allow up to 100 county jail inmates to be assigned to state fire camps, state officials announced Friday. The announcement comes on the 10th anniversary of the start of the Cedar Fire, the most destructive wildland blaze in state history. The fire killed 15 people and destroyed more than 2,200 homes before it was extinguished weeks later. According to county officials, the state prison realignment plan that shifted the responsibility for some inmates to the county resulted in a shortage of low-level security state inmates at the four fire camps in San Diego County. State officials said housing some of the county's offenders in state fire camps would not only bolster the state's firefighting force, but would also provide additional beds in the county's lockups. "This agreement with San Diego County is a win for everyone,'' said California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation Secretary Jeff Beard. "Housing county offenders in conservation camps will provide additional space to the county, contribute to the state's trained firefighting workforce, protect public safety and provide rehabilitation.'' Under the contract that was finalized earlier this month, up to 100 county offenders will join about 4,000 other inmates in the state Conservation Camp program, which assigns low-level male and female offenders to assist with fire suppression and other emergencies, such as floods and earthquakes, according to state officials. San Diego County will pay the state $46.19 per inmate per day, which covers housing and supervision costs, along with the costs of Cal Fire training, officials said.“Citizens should take fire danger very seriously, listen to alerts in the media and follow directions,” he said. “When people say evacuate, don’t wait — be sensible.”

Fire season is lasting much longer than it used to, historically, due to climate change, according to the governor.

He used the press event to caution legislators from spending too much money now that the state is on a firmer financial footing.

“That’s another reason why we want to restrain spending, because there’s going to…

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Wind-driven wildfire scorches hundreds of acres

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[trib_ndn vid=26082603]SAN DIEGO — A Santa Ana-stoked wildfire tore over swaths of brushy open land west of Black Mountain Tuesday, charring hundreds of acres alongside rural neighborhoods and forcing thousands of residential evacuations in…

Weather conditions ripe for more fires

Weather conditions ripe for more fires

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[trib_ndn vid=26082970]SAN DIEGO – Weather conditions in San Diego County are ripe for more brush fires to spark Wednesday, according to Fox5 meteorologist Aloha Taylor.

“Just because we’re seeing things subside tonight, the fire threat is going to continue into Wednesday,” Taylor said Tuesday evening.

Aloha-TaylorHigh wind warnings will remain in effect until 4 p.m. Wednesday especially in the foothills of the county, where gusts could reach speeds of 65 mph, National Weather Service experts said.

Residents can expect the heat to stick around until Thursday evening with the temperatures peaking at 103 in western valleys.

Watch Aloha Taylor’s complete weather report above.

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