Daily Archives: May 19, 2014

AM Briefing from Bowlersdesk.com for May 19, 2014

Life is returning to normal as firefighters finish off the still burning blazes that scorched San Diego. Last week a dozen separate fires blacked San Diego County.

Three fires on base at Camp Pendleton burned 21,900 acres. Two of the fires still burn. The Las Pulgas Fire is 75% contained and the San Mateo Fire is 97% contained.

Off base in the North San Diego County city of San Marcos the Cocos fire is 87% contained and all evacuations have been lifted. According to Cal Fire 39-homes are lost but thankfully no injuries.

In Carlsbad 8-homes single family homes, two multiple unit apparent buildings, two commercial buildings, and a trailer were lost in the Poinsettia Fire. Fortunately this fire is 100% contained, has been since Saturday.

The city is accepting donations to help those affected on their web site at http://www.readycarlsbad.org .

San Diego’s wounded and endangered opera company is holding a press conference today at 10:00 AM. The 50-year-old opera company is suffering with financial difficulties and controversies around its former artistic director haunt the cultural institution. Their closure was thought emanate but there are optimistic rumors around today’s press conference.

San Diego City Council is meeting this afternoon at 2:00. They’re talking about what the City Charter says about removing elected officials from office. Then at 6:00 PM in a special evening public hearing the council is meeting about next year’s $2.97 billion budget. The new budget extends library house, allocates pay for more police and fire recruits, helps fund a temporary fire station in Skyline and more.

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Harmony Grove residents return to devastation

Harmony Grove residents return to devastation


SAN MARCOS, Calif. – The residents of Harmony Grove Spiritualist Association home are coping with heartbreak after the Cocos Fire devastated their property.

More than a dozen homes at the 13-acre community nestled in the hills of Escondido were destroyed Thursday night.

“All of the memories are gone,” said Margaret Thomas, her mother-in-law has lived in Harmony Grove for almost 80 years.  The majority of the people who lost their homes are retirees.

Harmony-Grove-victimsI don’t really think it has hit all of us yet as to what has really happened and what we’ve lost because you think I’ll go home and get that and then you realize I can’t go home,” fire victim Yvonne Birdsell said as she held back tears.

Most household items were unrecognizable in the ash and rubble.  Several statues, gardening items, and two brick fireplaces were still standing.  Residents spent the weekend searching for their…

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Camp Pendleton fires almost fully contained

Camp Pendleton fires almost fully contained


CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. — Firefighters continued make progress Sunday toward containing three fires that have blackened 21,900 acres on Camp Pendleton and Naval Weapons Station Fallbrook.

The largest of the fires, the fast-moving Las Pulgas Fire, had burned about 15,000 acres since it erupted for unknown reasons at about 3:15 p.m. on Thursday near a sewage plant in Camp Las Pulgas. The blaze was 75 percent contained Sunday afternoon, according to officials.

Camp pendleton fires View of C.P. Fire from de Luz housing

The first fire reported, the so-called Tomahawk Fire, broke out at Naval Weapons Station Fallbrook at the eastern outskirts of Camp Pendleton at about 9:45 a.m. on Wednesday and later spread to the Marine base. It was 100 percent contained Sunday and had blackened about 5,400 acres.

The most recent blaze to break out at Camp Pendleton, dubbed the San Mateo Fire, began spreading just before 11:30 a.m. on Friday…

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Donations pour in for family who lost home in wildfire

Donations pour in for family who lost home in wildfire


SAN DIEGO – Communities around San Diego County have come together to donate goods to a family that lost their home to the recent wildfires.

Donations Pour In For Family Who Lost Home In WildfireStanley Sekerke’s home at 404 Washingtonia Drive in the Coronado Hills neighborhood burned down Wednesday after the Coco’s Fire broke out in San Marcos. He and his family rented the home there for the last four years.

He and his pregnant wife, Amanda, with their four young children were able to escape before the wildfire torched all their possessions.

Family friend, Jessica Jones, told Fox5, the family didn’t have insurance and lost everything in the fire. She posted information about the family on social media and received quite the response.

“Watching people come together to help people they don’t even know. I just wanted to help my friends, but these people don’t know them and that’s amazing,” Jones said.

The community support has been overwhelming…

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More than 40 homes destroyed in San Diego fires; most in San Marcos, Carlsbad

Over 40 homes destroyed

California firefighter’s “selfie” goes viral

FIre fighter selfie goes viral!