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July 2014 San Diego Wildfire Map

San Diego County Opens Recovery Office For Fire Victims

May 17
Midday Edition
By Susan Murphy
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San Diego County Planning and Development Services officials are working to reach people whose homes were destroyed or badly damaged in the recent wildfires.

Mobile Traffic To San Diego Websites Exploded During Wildfires

May 19
By Claire Trageser
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Many, many more people used smartphones and other mobile devices to get information and updates during last week's fires.

Cocos Fire Destroys Dozens Of Homes In San Marcos Spiritual Retreat Center

May 16
By Jill Replogle
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The 2,520-acre Cocos fire burned most of the more than 30 homes and buildings at a spiritual retreat center in San Marcos.

Crews Make Progress On 3 Camp Pendleton Fires; Evacuation Orders Lifted

May 17
By KPBS
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Crews battling three fires that have burned nearly 22,000 acres on Camp Pendleton have made significant gains in extinguishing them. All evacuation orders on the base were lifted Saturday night.

Cal Fire: Get Ready San Diegans For A 'Prolonged Fire Season'

May 18
By Laura Wingard
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The wildfires that blew through San Diego County this past week destroyed 65 homes, scorched some 27,000 acres and possibly led to one man's death. A Cal Fire official said the region was fortunate it wasn't worse and should expect a "fairly prolonged fire season."

FBI Warns Of Potential Scams In Aftermath Of San Diego County Fires

May 18
By Laura Wingard
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The public should check out charities asking for disaster relief for the fire victims, and homeowners who suffered losses should make sure scammers don't come after them, said FBI spokesman Darrell Foxworth.

Carlsbad Officials Urge 'Curious' Public To Keep Out Of Burned Areas

May 17
By Susan Murphy
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Carlsbad officials are asking the public to stay away from fire-damaged areas and structures, after receiving reports of people exploring and taking photos.

Bernardo Fire That Started Tuesday Fully Contained

May 17
By KPBS , City News Service
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The first wildfire to erupt in San Diego County last week blackened nearly 1,600 acres between Rancho Peñasquitos and Rancho Santa Fe, prompting the evacuation of 5,000 households.

Poinsettia Fire Now 100% Contained; Body Found Not Yet Identified

May 17
City News Service
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Fire crews today fully contained a 600-acre wildfire in Carlsbad that destroyed or damaged dozens of homes and businesses and possibly killed a transient this week.

Crews Gain Quick Control Of Brush Fire In Santee

May 17
City News Service
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Fire crews gained quick control on a brush fire that started Saturday morning just after 8:30 a.m. near Sycamore Canyon in Santee.

Three Oceanside Fires This Week Caused $250K In Damage

May 17
City News Service
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Oceanside fire officials announced today they had put down three fires over the past few days, two of which caused about $250,000 in damage to a downtown hotel and a mobile home.

Crews At Camp Pendleton Battling Three Large Brush Fires

May 16
By KPBS , City News Service
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Firefighters worked much of the week to stamp out two blazes that had blackened more than 14,500 acres on the Marine base when a third fire broke out Friday afternoon.

Carlsbad's Poinsettia Fire 90 Percent Contained

May 16
By KPBS
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The 600-acre wildfire in Carlsbad, one of San Diego County’s most destructive blazes this week, started Wednesday and was 90 percent contained by Friday night.

Man Pleads Not Guilty To Sparking 105-Acre Oceanside Fire

May 16
By KPBS

The River fire erupted east of College Boulevard in Oceanside early Wednesday afternoon. Police arrested an arson suspect by about 3:15 p.m. Wednesday but didn't make it public until Friday.

Lessons Learned In Past Wildfires Paying Off

May 16
By Amita Sharma
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State and county officials say lessons learned in battling past wildfires are paying off now.