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Multiple Brush Fires In East County Under Control

Sept. 26
10News
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The multiple brush fires that burned along I-8 in East County are now under control.

Wildfire Gauge Could Save Future Homes From Fire

Sept. 25
Laurel Morales / Fronteras Desk
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Over the last decade wildfires have destroyed about 3,000 homes a year, according to the International Code Council, a safety advisory group.

California Rural Fire Fee Bills Arriving For Second Year

Sept. 16
Max Pringle / Capital Public Radio
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Rural Californians have started receiving bills for the second year of the state’s fire prevention fee. The legislature passed the $150 fee in 2011 to pay for operations like emergency evacuation planning, fuel reduction and code enforcement.

Cellphones To Play Key Role During San Diego County Emergencies

Sept. 16
By Susan Murphy
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San Diego County officials are set to announce plans to use a new federal emergency alert system to reach people on their cellphones during emergencies.

Agreement With Utility Makes Helitanker Available To San Diego Fire Crews

Sept. 13
City News Service
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Under renewed agreements, a San Diego Gas & Electric-owned helitanker will be available for firefighter efforts in San Diego County.

Wildfire Forces Evacuation Of Lyons Valley

Sept. 9
City News Service
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A wildfire blackened hundreds of acres today in rugged, hilly terrain southeast of El Cajon, forcing evacuations of back-country homes and sending a column of thick smoke high into the air.

Preventing Wildfire In San Diego County

Aug. 29
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The threat of devastating wildfires is a fact of life in California. CalFire says it has a prevention plan. But critics in Southern California say using prescribed burns to clear vast tracts of land isn't the answer.

California National Guard Battling Wildfires Across The State (Video)

Aug. 21
By Beth Ford Roth
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As several wildfires burn across the state, the California Air and Army National Guard are teaming up with CAL FIRE and U.S. Forest Service firefighting crews to battle the blazes.

High Speed Computer Network Expanded In San Diego's East County

Aug. 14
By Erik Anderson
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San Diego County officials celebrate expansion of backcountry high-speed computer network

Critics Challenge Cal Fire's Massive Wildfire Mitigation Plan

Aug. 14
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A massive "vegetation treatment" proposal to reduce wildfires is getting push back from Southern California wildland experts. The plan calls for controlled burns and other fire mitigation efforts covering tens of millions of acres across California. But critics say the proposal will not work in San Diego. We'll find out why.

San Diego Emergency Response Times Fall Short Of Goal

July 29
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A VOSD investigation found that first responders are late to high-priority emergencies an average of twice an hour every day.

Crews Assess Damage After Chariot Fire Burns More Than 7,000 Acres

July 11
By Erik Anderson
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Firefighters battling the Chariot Fire in San Diego's back country got a break from the weather Wednesday. Now, crews are scouring the more than 7,000 charred acres to assess the damage.

Federal Furloughs May Threaten Wildfire Response

July 8
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Sequestration begins to bite into the budgets civilian military contractors today. Federal furloughs may threaten emergency responses in California and force many San Diegans to rethink their lifestyles in response to the budget axe.

Two Of Fallen 'Hotshot' Firefighters Were Marine Corps Veterans

July 2
By Beth Ford Roth
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Two of the 19 firefighters who lost their lives in the Yarnell Hill fire were former Marines. Both William Warneke, 25, and Travis Turbyfill, 27, were Marine Corps veterans.

Arizona Firefighter Deaths A Tragic Reminder Of Wildfire Dangers

July 2
By Susan Murphy
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The Arizona wildfire that claimed the lives of 19 firefighters is a tragic reminder of the danger of firefighting. San Diego firefighters have been training for similar life-threatening situations and bracing for a tough summer and fall.