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Tease photo for San Diego Fire Chief Announces Retirement After 35-Year Career

San Diego Fire Chief Announces Retirement After 35-Year Career

Sept. 3
By City News Service

Javier Mainar, who became chief six years ago, said at a news conference he will step down Nov. 12.

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New Technology To Help Fight San Diego County Wildfires

Aug. 24
By Midday Edition
By Evening Edition

Firefighters continue to fight wildfires across Northern California and the Pacific Northwest. As San Diego County prepares for wildfire season, we look at new technologies that will help firefighters and residents.

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San Diego County Launches Spanish-Language Emergency App, Website

Aug. 17
By Jean Guerrero

Officials unveiled Spanish versions of an app and website with information on ongoing emergencies such as fires, floods and earthquakes. They also feature guides on preparing for and recovering from disasters.

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Fire On Camp Pendleton 80 Percent Contained

Aug. 14
By City News Service

The fire has blackened about 1,800 open acres on Camp Pendleton. No structures are threatened.

Tease photo for Brush Fire Burns 1,300 Acres At Camp Pendleton

Brush Fire Burns 1,300 Acres At Camp Pendleton

Aug. 13
By City News Service

The Horno Fire broke out on the Marine base at about 1 p.m. Thursday. Authorities said it is now 70 percent contained.

Tease photo for Large Helicopter Tanker Returns To San Diego Region

Large Helicopter Tanker Returns To San Diego Region

Aug. 13
By City News Service

The helicopter, an Erickson Skycrane, has a 2,500-gallon capacity to carry and drop water and can be in the air within 20 minutes, according to SDG&E.

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Brush Fire In Fallbrook Fully Contained

Aug. 10
By City News Service

Crews Monday gained full containment of the smoldering remnants of a weekend brush fire that blackened about 55 open acres and briefly threatened homes near Fallbrook.

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San Diego County Sends Firefighters North

Aug. 6
By Midday Edition
By Evening Edition

Firefighters from San Diego County have been redeployed around the state to help contain about 20 wildfires.

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Supes Back Penalties For Drone Operators Interfering With Firefighting

Aug. 4
By City News Service

The San Diego County Board of Supervisors voted Tuesday to support state and federal legislation that would establish penalties for operators of unmanned aircraft that interfere with firefighting efforts.

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Brown Declares State Of Emergency For California Wildfires

July 31
By Associated Press

Brown says in a declaration issued Friday that the severe drought and extreme weather "have turned much of the state into a tinderbox."

Tease photo for Fire Near Palomar Mountain Holding At 170 Acres

Fire Near Palomar Mountain Holding At 170 Acres

July 28
By City News Service

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.

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Number Of Wildfires In California Up, But Damage Is Smaller

July 28
By Associated Press

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.

Tease photo for Girl Scouts Camp Helipad To Be Used For Firefighting, Rescue Helicopters

Girl Scouts Camp Helipad To Be Used For Firefighting, Rescue Helicopters

July 27
By City News Service

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.

Tease photo for Brush Fire Near Palomar Mountain Burns 170 Acres

Brush Fire Near Palomar Mountain Burns 170 Acres

July 27
By City News Service

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.

Tease photo for Brush Fire Near Palomar Mountain 20 Percent Contained

Brush Fire Near Palomar Mountain 20 Percent Contained

July 24
By KPBS News, City News Service

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.