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Stories for October 21, 2007

Ramona Evacuated

Oct. 21
KPBS Public Broadcasting

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.

San Diego Wildfire Update 9 p.m.

Oct. 21
By KPBS News and KPBS Public Broadcasting

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.

Breaking News: County Officials Hold Press Conference (Raw Audio)

Oct. 21
By KPBS News and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Listen to the San Diego County press conference for an update on this emergency situation.

Santa Ana Winds Blowing S.D. Wildfires Out of Control

Oct. 21
By KPBS News and KPBS Public Broadcasting

(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.

S.D. Red Cross Bracing for the Worst

Oct. 21
KPBS Public Broadcasting

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.

Potrero Resident Says High Winds Hampering Firefighting Efforts

Oct. 21
By Amita Sharma and KPBS Public Broadcasting

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.

Breaking News: Wildfires Blaze Across San Diego County

Oct. 21
By KPBS News and KPBS Public Broadcasting

(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.

High Winds Pushing Harris Fire West

Oct. 21
By Andrew Phelps and KPBS Public Broadcasting

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.

Breaking News: Two Major Wildfires Burning in San Diego County

Oct. 21
KPBS Public Broadcasting

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.