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July 2014 San Diego Wildfire Map

Santa Ana Winds, Triple-Digit Heat To Increase Fire Risk In San Diego

Sept. 29
By Susan Murphy
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Fire danger is expected to increase starting Thursday and continuing through Sunday as hot temperatures and weak to moderate Santa Ana winds arrive to San Diego County, according to the National Weather Service in San Diego.

Wildfire Victims Might Be Eligible For Quick Tax Refunds

Sept. 25
By City News Service
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Special tax rules allow San Diego County residents who suffered damages in the May wildfires to claim a loss in either the year the disaster occurred or in the prior year.

Third Firefighting Helicopter OK'd By San Diego County Supervisors

Sept. 23
By City News Service
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The San Diego County Supervisors authorized the acquisition of a third helicopter to help ground-based firefighters battle wildfires.

Man Arrested In Fast-Growing Wildfire In Northern California

Sept. 18
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A man has been charged with deliberately starting a Northern California wildfire that has shown explosive growth and driven nearly 2,800 people from their homes.

Wildfire Warning System Gauges Severity Of Santa Ana Windstorms

Sept. 17
By City News Service
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The new system gauges the potentiality and probable intensity of wildfire events by examining offshore wind flows and other factors, relying on three decades of Southern California weather data to pattern forecasts.

California Dealing With Unprecedented Fire Season

Sept. 16
Katie Orr / Capital Public Radio
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Dry, hot weather is leading to an unprecedented fire season throughout California.

Supervisors Bulk Up With 'Aerial Muscle' Ahead Of San Diego's Peak Fire Season

Sept. 3
By Dwane Brown
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Some of the largest wildfires in California history have happened in the San Diego area during October.

Trio Of Brushfires Near Route 15 Ramp To Northbound Interstate 5

Sept. 2
By KPBS News

San Diego Fire Department crews and one National City Fire Department engine were sent to the scene to battle the three small fires, but the response forced the closure of the transition ramp onto Interstate 5.

SDG&E Contracts For Use Of Firefighting Helitanker, Second Helicopter

Sept. 2
By City News Service
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The Erikson Air-Crane and a second helicopter will be on standby for use by fire agencies through autumn, a period generally marked by high wildfire risk.

Report: Overtime Consumes One-Quarter Of SDFD's Personnel Budget

Aug. 25
By City News Service
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The San Diego Fire-Rescue Department should consider hiring additional personnel instead of relying on overtime to fill staffing vacancies, according to a city auditor's report.

Teen Suspect In Cocos Fire To Stand Trial

Aug. 21
Associated Press
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A judge on Wednesday ruled that a 13-year-old girl is competent to stand trial on allegations that she deliberately started the Cocos wildfire that destroyed three dozen homes in the San Marcos area.

141K Commercial Smoke Detectors Recalled

Aug. 20
By City News Service
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The 33 models of alarms are designed for commercial use in schools, hotels, motels, apartments and dormitories, as well as homes.

Firefighters Gain Upper Hand On Blaze Near Yosemite; Some Evacuees Return Home

Aug. 19
SCOTT SMITH, Associated Press
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Flames erupted Monday near the town about 16 miles from Yosemite, forcing evacuations of more than 1,000 people. Some residents are now being allowed to return home, but it's unclear how many.

Small Brush Fire Quickly Stopped In Otay Mesa

Aug. 16
By KPBS , City News Service
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The 20-acre brush fire was reported about 4:30 p.m. Saturday on Kuebler Ranch Road near Otay Mountain Truck Trail. It may have been started by people target shooting in the area.

Jury Deadlocks In Ex-Con's Trial For Oceanside Arson Fire

Aug. 8
By City News Service

The man is accused of fueling a fire in the San Luis Rey River bed during a spate of blazes across San Diego County in May. His lawyer will try to get the arson charge dismissed next week to avoid a retrial.