Stories for October 21, 2007
All 36,000 residents of Ramona were ordered to evacuate tonight because of a wind-driven brush fire in northeast San Diego County that has scorched at least 5,000 acres.
Winds are pushing flames and smoke from two wildfires in San Diego County. The Harris Fire is 14,000 acres and 5 percent contained, there have been multiple structures destroyed. There were four firefighters injured earlier in the day when the fire burned over their engines. At least thirteen civilians have been burned on this fire. The communities of Potrero, Tecate, Dulzura and parts of Deerhorn Valley have been evacuated. The fire is burning to the northwest and being driven by Santa Ana winds.
Listen to the San Diego County press conference for an update on this emergency situation.
(Updated 6:20 p.m. October 21) Erratic Santa Ana winds continue to push two wildfires out of control in rural eastern San Diego County. One civilian is reported dead at least 8 are injured, and four firefighters are in hospital with burn injuries.
There are three shelter sites set-up for folks who have been evacuated by the twin fires. For people affected in the East County, there are two site: Steele Canyon High School on Campo Road in Spring Valley, and the Campo Community Center on Sheridan Road in Campo.
Jan Hedlund of Potrero fled her home this morning after being awakened by friends who came to get her because of the fast- moving fire. Hedlund says several firefighters in Potrero are standing by to fight the blaze. But Hedlund told reporter Amita Sharma strong winds are intensifying and that's made it difficult for firefighters to use all of their tools to put out the fire.
(Updated 4:50 p.m. October 22) There are two fires burning out of control in the rural areas of eastern San Diego County. We have reports of one fatality related to the fire.The fires and thick smoke are being pushed westward by dry Santa Ana Winds.
The so-called Harris Fire fire began in Potrero, near the Mexican border with the town of Tecate. The winds are pushing the flames west, across the 94 freeway and into Dulzura. KPBS Reporter talked to Matt Streck with Cal Fire about the latest information.
Two major wildfires are burning on opposite sides of San Diego County.A 2,500-acre fire is burning in southeast San Diego. It has killed at least one civilian and burned four more. Four firefighters are also hurt. There are emergency evacuations in place.