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Lessons Learned From May Wildfires

San Diego Fire Chief Announces Retirement After 35-Year Career

Sept. 3
By City News Service
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Javier Mainar, who became chief six years ago, said at a news conference he will step down Nov. 12.

New Technology To Help Fight San Diego County Wildfires

Aug. 24
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Firefighters continue to fight wildfires across Northern California and the Pacific Northwest. As San Diego County prepares for wildfire season, we look at new technologies that will help firefighters and residents.

San Diego County Launches Spanish-Language Emergency App, Website

Aug. 17
By Jean Guerrero
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Officials unveiled Spanish versions of an app and website with information on ongoing emergencies such as fires, floods and earthquakes. They also feature guides on preparing for and recovering from disasters.

Fire On Camp Pendleton 80 Percent Contained

Aug. 14
By City News Service
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The fire has blackened about 1,800 open acres on Camp Pendleton. No structures are threatened.

Brush Fire Burns 1,300 Acres At Camp Pendleton

Aug. 13
By City News Service
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The Horno Fire broke out on the Marine base at about 1 p.m. Thursday. Authorities said it is now 70 percent contained.

Large Helicopter Tanker Returns To San Diego Region

Aug. 13
By City News Service
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The helicopter, an Erickson Skycrane, has a 2,500-gallon capacity to carry and drop water and can be in the air within 20 minutes, according to SDG&E.

Brush Fire In Fallbrook Fully Contained

Aug. 10
By City News Service
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Crews Monday gained full containment of the smoldering remnants of a weekend brush fire that blackened about 55 open acres and briefly threatened homes near Fallbrook.

San Diego County Sends Firefighters North

Aug. 6
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Firefighters from San Diego County have been redeployed around the state to help contain about 20 wildfires.

Supes Back Penalties For Drone Operators Interfering With Firefighting

Aug. 4
By City News Service
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The San Diego County Board of Supervisors voted Tuesday to support state and federal legislation that would establish penalties for operators of unmanned aircraft that interfere with firefighting efforts.

Brown Declares State Of Emergency For California Wildfires

July 31
By Associated Press
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Brown says in a declaration issued Friday that the severe drought and extreme weather "have turned much of the state into a tinderbox."

Fire Near Palomar Mountain Holding At 170 Acres

July 28
By City News Service
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The forest service said the fire was about 75 percent contained, and crews have completed a contingency fireline between Palomar Divide and High Point roads.

Number Of Wildfires In California Up, But Damage Is Smaller

July 28
By Associated Press
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So far this year, state firefighters have responded to nearly 3,900 blazes — a 41 percent increase from the same period last year, according to Cal Fire. The fires have burned 28 percent less area than last year.

Girl Scouts Camp Helipad To Be Used For Firefighting, Rescue Helicopters

July 27
By City News Service
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The helipad 200 yards from the Upper Lake at Camp Winacka will allow Cal Fire to pre-position firefighting choppers and provide a landing area close to where they fill up with water.

Brush Fire Near Palomar Mountain Burns 170 Acres

July 27
By City News Service
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A fire that blackened close to 170 acres of brush in a steep, remote area north of the Palomar Observatory was about 50 percent contained Monday morning.

Brush Fire Near Palomar Mountain 20 Percent Contained

July 24
By KPBS News, City News Service
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The wildfire of unknown origin broke out off Palomar Divide Road in Cleveland National Forest shortly after 4 p.m. Friday. More than 500 firefighters were battling the blaze on Sunday.

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