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Homeland Security Office Working To Update San Diego's Emergency Plans

Feb. 25
By Claire Trageser
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Many city of San Diego departments have incomplete emergency plans. The city's Office of Homeland Security is working to update those plans, but changes won't come until after this summer.

San Diego Trying To Fill Emergency Preparedness Gaps

Feb. 24
By Claire Trageser
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An audit released last summer found that many San Diego city departments had outdated or inaccurate information in their plans for what to do in case of an emergency. Now the city is working to update its plans.

San Diego Remains In Drought's Grip

Feb. 9
By Susan Murphy
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An atmospheric river of rain drenched Northern California over the weekend, but San Diego remains in the grips of a historic drought — receiving less than half of an inch of precipitation since Jan. 1.

Temporary Fire Station Coming To San Diego's Skyline Area

Feb. 2
By Matthew Bowler, City News Service
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A groundbreaking for the $400,000 project took place Monday. The temporary station will serve as a placeholder until a permanent facility can be built for the neighborhood.

Report: San Diego Fire Hasn't Implemented Improvements

Jan. 27
By City News Service
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Nearly four years after a respected consultant issued recommendations for improving the San Diego Fire-Rescue Department, few of the ideas have been carried out.

Brief Fire Forces Evacuation Of San Diego Fire-Rescue Headquarters

Jan. 6
By City News Service

The blaze erupted shortly after 10 a.m. in a seventh-floor utility room in the 25-story structure in the 1000 block of Second Avenue in downtown San Diego.

San Diego's Nighttime Helicopters To Fly Countywide

Dec. 16
By Susan Murphy
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The city of San Diego’s two nighttime flying helicopters are available to the entire county for firefighting and rescues under a new deal between the two governments.

Smoke From Controlled Burn To Be Visible From Ramona

Dec. 8
City News Service

Brush pile burns scheduled to begin Monday morning in San Diego Country Estates near Ramona are expected to send smoke into the air that may be visible in surrounding areas.

Roundtable On SDPD Deadly Shooting, Toothless Water Restrictions, Small Fire Crews

Dec. 5
By Pat Finn, Mark Sauer
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A lawsuit over a deadly 2012 police shooting is given life by a federal judge. The city's "mandatory" water restrictions have no teeth, as yet. And the San Diego Fire-Rescue Department is trying two-person crews to improve response times — over objections.

San Diego’s Harbor Police Department Gets New Training Vessel

Dec. 1
By Dwane Brown
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The new $380,000 tactical trainer helps first responders prepare for fires or possible terrorist attacks.

Wildfire Warning Continues In San Diego County Wednesday

Nov. 26
By City News Service

A red flag warning is in effect for inland valley and mountain areas until 6 p.m. Wednesday because of strong winds coupled with single-digit humidity levels.

Beware Of Exploding Turkeys

Nov. 25
By Erik Anderson
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Deep-frying is a popular, but dangerous way to fix a Thanksgiving Day turkey. Firefighting trainees at Chula Vista’s Southwestern College share tips to avoid disaster.

4.5-Acre Brush Fire In Julian Contained

Nov. 25
By City News Service
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The National Weather Service issued a red flag warning is in effect for inland valley and mountain areas, including Julian, until 6 p.m. Wednesday, saying current dry, windy conditions could contribute to extreme fire behavior.

As Winds Flare Up Across San Diego County, Fire Officials Heed Lessons From Bernardo Fire

Nov. 24
By Matthew Bowler, City News Service
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The National Weather Service issued a red flag warning and a high wind warning for the San Diego region Monday. Fire officials also got a warning - in the form of a report with 90 recommendations based on their performance during May's Bernardo fire.

Fire Warning For San Diego Valley, Mountain Areas Extended Through Tuesday

Nov. 17
By City News Service
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Strong northeast winds coupled with drier than normal conditions threatened to fuel a wildfire in the valleys and mountains of San Diego County Monday and Tuesday, meteorologists said.

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