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In 2007, Qualcomm Stadium Became A Refuge For 15,000 Wildfire Evacuees

In 2007, Qualcomm Stadium Became A Refuge For 15,000 Wildfire Evacuees

Oct. 18
By Andrew Bowen

Some 15,000 people fleeing wildfires in 2007 sought shelter in Qualcomm Stadium, since renamed SDCCU Stadium. Officials say the effort was proof the city can manage massive evacuations — with the help of volunteers and donations.

Remembering The Migrants Who Lost Their Lives In The 2007 San Diego...

Remembering The Migrants Who Lost Their Lives In The 2007 San Diego Wildfires

Oct. 17
By Marissa Cabrera, Maureen Cavanaugh

Among the 10 people killed in the Witch Creek and Harris fires a group of immigrants from Mexico who were in the U.S. illegally who died as they made their journey across the U.S.-Mexico border.

First Person: The 2007 Wildfire Took Our Home But 'We Had Our Faith...

First Person: The 2007 Wildfire Took Our Home But 'We Had Our Faith, Our Friends And Our Family'

Oct. 16
By Brooke Ruth

Jay and Kendra Jeffcoat were on a family vacation in Colorado when they learned their Rancho Bernardo home burned down in the Witch Creek fire in 2007.

San Diego Firefighters Amass New Technology To Prep For Wildfires

San Diego Firefighters Amass New Technology To Prep For Wildfires

Oct. 16
By Amita Sharma

To help ensure the region does not see an encore of the 2007 wildfires, the San Diego Fire-Rescue Department has created an arsenal of data and technology.

Surviving The 2007 Wildfires: After Suffering Critical Burns, Firef...

Surviving The 2007 Wildfires: After Suffering Critical Burns, Firefighter Finds A New Life

Oct. 16
By Kenny Goldberg

Ten years after she nearly burned to death in the Harris Fire, former firefighter Brooke Linman is ready for her closeup.

10 Years Ago: Firestorms Ravaged San Diego County

10 Years Ago: Firestorms Ravaged San Diego County

Oct. 16
By Erik Anderson

The 2007 firestorms were the last major conflagration to scorch San Diego County. Those firestorms have left lasting marks on the community.

Stone Brewing To Donate Portion Of Sales To California Wildfire Vic...

Stone Brewing To Donate Portion Of Sales To California Wildfire Victims

Oct. 13
By City News Service

Escondido-based Stone Brewing's distributing division, Stone Distributing Co., announced Friday that it will donate a portion of its sales throughout this month to benefit people affected by the devastating fires in Northern California.

Roundtable: DACA Demands, Feinstein's Run, Hep A Continues, La Mesa...

Roundtable: DACA Demands, Feinstein's Run, Hep A Continues, La Mesa School Board

Oct. 13
By Pat Finn

President Trump said he wanted to make a deal with Democrats to save DACA and then seemed to make a deal impossible. Dianne Feinstein will keep running. Hepatitis A keeps making people sick. And the La Mesa-Spring Valley School District appoints a novice to fill a vacant seat.

Teams Report First Progress Against Wine Country Wildfires

Teams Report First Progress Against Wine Country Wildfires

Oct. 13
By Associated Press

A fifth day of desperate firefighting in California wine country brought a glimmer of hope Friday as crews battling the flames reported their first progress toward containing the massive blazes, and hundreds more firefighters poured in to join the effort.

Searchers Look For Bodies In Northern California's Charred Ruins

Searchers Look For Bodies In Northern California's Charred Ruins

Oct. 12
By Associated Press

Teams with cadaver dogs began a grim search Thursday for more dead in parts of California wine country devastated by wildfires, resorting in some cases to serial numbers stamped on medical implants to identify remains that turned up in the charred ruins.

Investigators Look Into Downed Power Lines, Exploding Transformers ...

Investigators Look Into Downed Power Lines, Exploding Transformers As Possible Cause of Fires

Oct. 12
KQED

State fire investigators are looking into a possible connection between failures in Pacific Gas & Electric Co.’s electrical infrastructure and the devastating wildfires sweeping through Northern California.

New California Crime Laws Reduce Court Fees, Some Sentences

New California Crime Laws Reduce Court Fees, Some Sentences

Oct. 12
Ben Bradford / CPRN

California will have lower court fees, and more possibilities for lighter sentences and parole, especially for young people in the juvenile justice system, under 11 measures signed by Governor Jerry Brown on Wednesday.

Chula Vista Looking To Fill Nine Vacancies In Police Force

Chula Vista Looking To Fill Nine Vacancies In Police Force

Oct. 12
By City News Service

As Chula Vista deals with a police officer shortage and a growing population, city officials Thursday said they are looking to fill nine vacancies in their police force.

El Cajon Mayor, Faith Leaders Meet To Talk Community-Police Relations

El Cajon Mayor, Faith Leaders Meet To Talk Community-Police Relations

Oct. 12
By Tarryn Mento

San Diego County faith-based leaders said they were hopeful after meeting with the El Cajon mayor to talk about a citizens' review board and community relations.

Deadly California Wildfires Keep Growing In Size And Number

Deadly California Wildfires Keep Growing In Size And Number

Oct. 11
By Associated Press

Fueled by the return of strong winds, the wildfires burning through California wine country exploded in size and number Wednesday as authorities issued new evacuation orders and the death toll climbed to 21 — a figure that was expected to rise higher still.