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Lessons Learned From May Wildfires

Firefighters In San Diego County Battle 'Gopher Fire' Near I-15

Firefighters In San Diego County Battle 'Gopher Fire' Near I-15

Nov. 13
By Tom Fudge

Fire stops freeway traffic and threatened homes in northern San Diego County.

Crews Break Ground On Hillcrest Fire Station Replacement

Crews Break Ground On Hillcrest Fire Station Replacement

Nov. 1
By City News Service

The 65-year-old facility at Ninth and University avenues is too small for modern fire trucks.

Red Flag Fire Warning Reminds San Diegans Of Past October Wildfires

Red Flag Fire Warning Reminds San Diegans Of Past October Wildfires

Oct. 19
By Susan Murphy

San Diego’s most destructive wildfires have occurred during the month of October — typically the time of year when vegetation reaches its driest point and strong Santa Ana winds blow in.

Cameras Keep Watch Over Fire-Prone Regions Across San Diego County

Cameras Keep Watch Over Fire-Prone Regions Across San Diego County

Oct. 10
By Susan Murphy

The high-tech instruments that measure seismic motion and monitor climate hazards are also equipped with cameras that allow fire officials to keep watch over remote fire-prone regions.

Reveal: More People Living In Areas At Risk For Wildfires

Reveal: More People Living In Areas At Risk For Wildfires

Oct. 10
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Brooke Ruth

Reveal, a program of the Center for Investigative Reporting, found that since 1990, 8.5 million more homes are in wildland-urban interface areas, areas where homes and wildland meet and where the potential for wildfires are higher.

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Camp Pendleton Brush Fire Burns 190 Acres, Poses No Threat To Structures

Sept. 29
By City News Service

A brush fire burning on the grounds of Camp Pendleton was 30 percent contained Thursday.

Infrastructure That Supports Response To 911 Calls Is Getting An Up...

Infrastructure That Supports Response To 911 Calls Is Getting An Upgrade

Sept. 27
By Brooke Ruth, Alison St John

The update will allow the system to accommodate more users in a disaster and improve coverage.

17-Year-Old Arrested For Spring Valley Fire

17-Year-Old Arrested For Spring Valley Fire

Sept. 5
By City News Service

A teenage boy has been arrested for the Aug. 17 brush fire in Spring Valley that threatened homes, caused evacuations, charred 25 acres of brush and lead to the injury of a firefighter.

Investigators Working To Determine Cause Of Brush Fire Near Jamul

Investigators Working To Determine Cause Of Brush Fire Near Jamul

Sept. 1
By City News Service

Authorities said the spreading of Thursday's fire was halted within 90 minutes after burning about 10 acres of backcountry terrain.

News In Numbers: Half Of San Diego County Extremely Vulnerable To W...

News In Numbers: Half Of San Diego County Extremely Vulnerable To Wildfire

Aug. 29
By Ingrid Lobet / inewsource

More than half the land in San Diego County is at high or very high potential for difficult-to-control wildfire, according to data gleaned from maps prepared by the U.S. Forest Service.

Crews Extinguish Brush Fire In University City

Crews Extinguish Brush Fire In University City

Aug. 19
By KPBS News, City News Service

A small brush fire crept toward an apartment complex in University City today, but no structures were burned and no injuries were reported, according to the San Diego Fire-Rescue Department.

More Californians Are Refusing To Evacuate Despite Fire Danger

More Californians Are Refusing To Evacuate Despite Fire Danger

Aug. 19
By Associated Press

Even though the state considers it a criminal offense to ignore mandatory evacuation orders, leaving or staying when fire approaches is often a personal decision. And many homeowners are staying put.

At Least 96 Homes Destroyed In Blue Cut Wildfire

At Least 96 Homes Destroyed In Blue Cut Wildfire

Aug. 19
By Associated Press

A preliminary assessment found 96 single-family homes have been destroyed in Southern California's huge wildfire, a spokesman said Friday.

Wildfire Warning For San Diego County Mountains Extended Through Fr...

Wildfire Warning For San Diego County Mountains Extended Through Friday

Aug. 18
By City News Service

A protracted hot spell combined with gusty winds and low humidity levels prompted the National Weather Service today to extend a "red flag'' wildfire warning for local mountain and desert locales by 24 hours, to 9 p.m. Friday.

Southern California Wildfire Brings Destruction And Uncertainty

Southern California Wildfire Brings Destruction And Uncertainty

Aug. 18
By Associated Press

A ferocious wildfire had swallowed up many homes as it spread across 40 square miles of mountain and desert northeast of San Diego. Exactly how many, however, and to whom they belonged, remained uncertain.

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