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July 2014 San Diego Wildfire Map

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.

Man Charged With Starting Massive Rim Fire In California

Aug. 7
Associated Press
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The Rim fire raged for two months across 400 square miles of land. It ranks as California's third-largest wildfire and the largest in the Sierra Nevada's recorded history.

U.S. Forest Service Running Out Of Money To Fight Fires

Aug. 6
Kevin Freking / Associated Press
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The money set aside for firefighting will run out by the end of August, so the federal agency is putting on hold as much as $500 million in fire prevention projects.

More Than 25 Percent Of California's Firefighting Budget Already Up In Smoke

Aug. 1
Ben Adler, Capital Public Radio
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Cal Fire has spent $47 million, out of a total budget of $209 million, in just the month of July.

Girl Accused Of Arson In Cocos Fire To Undergo Mental Exam

July 30
By City News Service
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A girl accused of igniting the Cocos fire in the San Marcos area will undergo a mental competency evaluation at the request of her attorney before returning to court.