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Lessons Learned From May Wildfires

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.

Fire Near Lake Morena County Park 100% Contained

July 24
By KPBS News, City News Service
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The brush fire, which crews fought from the air and ground, took about a day to fully contain, according to Cal Fire.

Barrio Logan Scrap Yard Fire Raises Concerns About Safety

July 24
By Erik Anderson
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Barrio Logan residents are concerned after a fire broke out at a scrap recycling yard in their neighborhood on Wednesday night.

U.S. Forest Service, San Diego County At Odds Over Air Tankers

July 21
By City News Service
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The San Diego County Board of Supervisors voted unanimously Tuesday to get the White House to resolve a dispute between the county and U.S. Forest Service over landing air tankers at the Ramona Airport to aid in firefighting efforts.

Thunderstorms, Lightning Hit San Diego

July 18
By KPBS News, City News Service
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Thunderstorms rumbled across San Diego County Saturday as the remnants of Hurricane Dolores weakened and moved offshore from Baja California.

Fire Near Lake Henshaw Fully Contained

July 17
By City News Service
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The wildfire blackened about 25 acres south of Lake Henshaw and destroyed a home and three outbuildings.

Cal Fire Stops Blaze Near Palomar Mountain At 25 Acres

July 16
By KPBS News, City News Service
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Ground and air crews attacked the brush fire that broke out about 11:30 a.m. Thursday on state Route 76, south of Palomar Mountain. By 1:15 p.m., Cal Fire reported the blaze had been stopped at 25 acres.

SDG&E Gives $1M To Fire Safety Groups

July 16
By City News Service
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The Fire Safe Council of San Diego County — a nonprofit made up of federal, state and local agencies that promotes fire safety education and encourages preparedness — received $20,000.

Molotov Cocktail Started Brush Fire Near Escondido

July 9
By City News Service
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The fire broke out shortly after 8 p.m. Wednesday in a riverbed and rapidly spread toward homes in the vicinity of Platanus and Gracilor drives near the Castle Creek Country Club.

Fire Crews Put Out Blaze In Lakeside

June 30
By City News Service
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The brush fire started about 9 a.m. Tuesday off of state Route 67, near Slaughterhouse Canyon, in Lakeside, according to Cal Fire. Northbound lanes of Route 67 were closed at Vigilante Road.

Emergency Rule Eases Process To Cut Down Drought-Stricken Trees

June 29
By Susan Murphy
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With extreme drought and an infestation of bark beetles decimating California’s forests, the state Board of Forestry and Fire Protection has adopted an emergency regulation for removing dead trees.

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