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Lessons Learned From May Wildfires

Officials Investigating SDSU Dorm Fire Say Possibly Arson

Dec. 11
By City News Service
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San Diego police are investigating a fire at a San Diego State University dorm that may have been intentionally set. All 11 residents were able to get out safely.

Brian Fennessy Becomes San Diego's 17th Fire Chief

Nov. 12
By City News Service
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Brian Fennessy, 56, will be in charge of reducing response times, building new fire stations, recruiting and retaining firefighters, and developing more diversity in the ranks.

Extreme Fire Weather In Store For Southern California

Nov. 11
By Associated Press
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The National Weather Service has issued red flag warnings for Los Angeles and Ventura counties. There's less of a threat in San Diego County.

San Diego Leaders Honor Outgoing Fire Chief

Nov. 10
By City News Service
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Retiring San Diego Fire-Rescue Department Chief Javier Mainar was given two standing ovations Tuesday when he was honored by the City Council for his 35 years of service.

Controlled Burns Planned For Mount Laguna Area

Nov. 3
By City News Service

The U.S. Forest Service Wednesday is scheduled to begin a series of controlled burns in the eastern San Diego County highlands.

Mission Valley Gets A Fire Station

Nov. 2
By Nicholas McVicker, City News Service
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After nine years of operating a temporary fire station in Mission Valley, the city of San Diego celebrated the grand opening of an $11.1 million permanent facility.

San Diego County Prepares For Floods Ahead Of El Niño

Oct. 19
By Susan Murphy
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The torrential rains and devastating mudflows that struck last week north of Los Angeles could be a harbinger of El Niño’s coming wrath in San Diego County, emergency officials warned.

Interior Secretary, Congressman Lobby For Wildfire Funding Plan In El Cajon

Oct. 14
By Dwane Brown
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Interior Secretary Sally Jewell and Rep. Scott Peters back creating a funding plan to treat wildfires more like natural disasters.

Cal State San Marcos Offers Small Business Disaster Preparedness Training

Oct. 9
By Alison St John
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Cal State San Marcos launched its first course this week to train small businesses and non-profits on what to do to prepare for disasters.

San Diego County Unveils New Firefighting Helicopter As Hot, Dry Temperatures Set In

Oct. 8
By Susan Murphy
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Just in time for the peak wildfire season, San Diego County leaders and fire officials unveiled a new firefighting helicopter on Thursday at Gillespie Field in El Cajon.

San Diego Firefighters, Foundation Seek Funds For Life-Saving Equipment

Oct. 6
By Matthew Bowler
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San Diego’s Fire-Rescue Department along with the Fire Rescue Foundation are fundraising for a kit called the Personal Escape System.

Attorney: Ratepayers Shouldn't Have To Foot SDG&E Wildfire Costs

Oct. 1
By Erik Anderson
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Mike Aguirre is asking state regulators to keep San Diego Gas & Electric from charging ratepayers for leftover costs from the 2007 wildfires.

New Online Map Reveals Very High Fire Risk In San Diego County

Sept. 30
By Susan Murphy
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Is your home located in a high wildfire risk area? A new online wildfire hazard map of San Diego County allows you to enter your address and assess your fire danger.

New Chief Prepares For San Diego Fire Season

Sept. 28
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Veteran firefighter Brian Fennessy plans on increasing racial and gender diversity within the ranks as the new chief of the San Diego Fire-Rescue Department.

SDG&E Seeks Customer Money To Help Pay 2007 Wildfire Costs

Sept. 25
By Erik Anderson
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San Diego's investor-owned utility is asking regulators to let it pass on 90 percent of the outstanding expenses from a 2007 wildfire to customers. That could amount to $380 million.

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