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Lessons Learned From May Wildfires

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.

Fire Crews Knock Down Brush Fire In Chula Vista

June 26
By KPBS News, City News Service
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The fire started about 4 p.m. off Otay Lakes Road, near Woods Drive, and burned 80 acres.

Southern California Fire Officials Boost Staff In Preparation Of Dry Weather

June 26
By City News Service
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With widespread dry lightning and strong winds forecast for the upcoming week, state firefighting officials have increased their readiness across Southern California.

Mexican Authorities Investigate Deadly Nursing Home Fire

June 26
By Jean Guerrero
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The Baja California state prosecutor is investigating a fire that killed 17 people at a Mexicali nursing home this week. Mexicali's mayor said the Tuesday morning fire may have been intentionally set.