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If you've noticed a balmy feeling in the air around San Diego County this afternoon, it's because of a subtropical system moving into our region from Baja. The low pressure system is forecast to bring a chance of showers, along with some gusty winds, tonight through Saturday. National Weather Service forecaster Stan Wasowski says we could see a few drops of wet stuff in some areas of the county.
A brush fire near Ramona was contained by noon today. Cal Fire reported that it started around 9:50 a.m. near Highway 78 and Haverford Road, and scorched about 25 to 30 acres. Cal Fire had earlier estimated that it burned 50 acres, but downgraded that number. One firefighter suffered minor injuries. No property was damaged.
San Diego courts and all city, county and federal government offices will be closed tomorrow for Thanksgiving. County, state and federal offices and courts will also be closed Friday.
Another Santa Ana wind condition is headed for San Diego County. Forecasters says the winds could be as strong as those that pushed last month's fire storms.
Five people were shot to death last night at a house in Temecula. Authorities say it could have been a murder-suicide. KPBS News spoke with Sergeant Dennis Gutierrez from the Riverside County Sheriff's department.
Firefighters battling blazes throughout San Diego County are getting a break from the weather this afternoon. Calmer winds and cooler temperatures are helping, but there's still a long way to go.
A mandatory evacuation is ordered for the following areas within the City of Del Mar:
Caltrans reports these highway closures due to fires:
Winds are pushing flames and smoke from two wildfires in San Diego County. The Harris Fire is 14,000 acres and 5 percent contained, there have been multiple structures destroyed. There were four firefighters injured earlier in the day when the fire burned over their engines. At least thirteen civilians have been burned on this fire. The communities of Potrero, Tecate, Dulzura and parts of Deerhorn Valley have been evacuated. The fire is burning to the northwest and being driven by Santa Ana winds.
Listen to the San Diego County press conference for an update on this emergency situation.
(Updated 6:20 p.m. October 21) Erratic Santa Ana winds continue to push two wildfires out of control in rural eastern San Diego County. One civilian is reported dead at least 8 are injured, and four firefighters are in hospital with burn injuries.
(Updated 4:50 p.m. October 22) There are two fires burning out of control in the rural areas of eastern San Diego County. We have reports of one fatality related to the fire.The fires and thick smoke are being pushed westward by dry Santa Ana Winds.
The head of the San Diego-Imperial Counties Labor Council is leaving his post, an official with the organization confirmed today.
On Mondays we talk about news in the tech world with Brian Cooley, Editor-at-Large at CNET.com.
The price of gasoline surged back up this week, ending a stretch of 15 weeks of falling prices. The Utility Consumer's Action Network says the average price of a gallon of gas is $2.85.
California lawmakers ended the nation's longest budget impasse Tuesday, agreeing to a $145 billion spending plan that eliminates the state's persistent deficit and addresses the myriad concerns of holdout Republicans.
The American Civil Liberties Union has a new report out that raises concerns about the government's ability to watch and record what citizens are doing.
A group of San Diego area hospitals are suing the county again. The dispute centers on medical bills run up last year by prisoners of the sheriff's department. The hospitals say the sheriff's department has to pay the bills of detainees who get treatment before they're booked in jail.
Walmart will pay nearly $4 million in overtime wages to 50,000 workers throughout California. It's part of a settlement reached between Walmart and the California Labor Commission. The mega retailer says the underpayment was due to payroll processing errors.
The president of the University of California system announced today he'll be stepping down next summer. Robert Dynes says he'll be leaving because of changes in his personal life.
California's Insurance Commissioner is praising car insurance companies that have changed rate structures nearly a year ahead of a state-imposed deadline. About 10 percent of the state's car insurance companies have changed their policies to base rates on drivers' records rather than their zip codes.
San Diego area hospitals are enlisting star power to bring attention to local health issues. Chargers runningback LaDainian Tomlinson will be promoting healthy living and disease prevention for the next five years. The record-setting football player says for him, the fight against disease is personal.
The high humidity and thunderstorms in the East County are unusual weather for San Diego, but not unexpected for this time of year.
Imperial County suffered the most casualties in California during a scorching heat wave a year ago. That's according to a new study by the state Department of Public Health Services. The study looks at heat-related deaths statewide during a two-week period in July of 2006.
Electricity began flowing today through San Diego Gas & Electric's new high-voltage transmission line. Officials say the line will provide enough energy to power 500,000 homes and businesses.
An internal probe turned up no evidence of illegal behavior at City Hall involving construction of an office tower near San Diego's Montgomery Field. But the report faults staffers for their handling of the project.
Fourth graders at a Southeast San Diego school got some hands-on engineering experience on Wednesday. Chemical company DuPont helped about a hundred youngsters at Walter Porter Elementary build and race cars made of lifesavers and straws.
San Diego Mayor Jerry Sanders is calling for a reduction in city sewer rates. The reduction is part of a settlement of a lawsuit filed by consumer advocates. They say the city overcharged residents and needs to make amends.
Tony Gwynn is getting ready for his trip to Cooperstown. The eight-time batting champ will be inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame July 29th. He talked today about some of the festivities taking place at Petco Park this weekend.
Nurses at Sharp hospitals in San Diego have averted a strike set for today. The union and hospital officials brokered a labor deal over the weekend.
Hundreds of homeless veterans enjoyed free meals, shelter and medical treatment today. The 20th annual Stand Down event helps veterans get off the street and apply for housing and jobs.
California's attorney general has found a San Diego County sheriff's deputy was justified when he fatally shot a man two years ago. The decision is the final evaluation of five fatal officer-involved shootings in Vista in 2005. The victims were all Latino men and the shootings caused community outrage.
The debate over sewage treatment in Mexico continues to heat up in Washington. The disagreement is between San Diego Democratic Congressman Bob Filner and members of the International Boundary and Water Commission.
The San Diego County Sheriff's Department received glowing praise today. The department paid the privately-run Office of Independent Review to look into 25 shootings involving deputies between 2003 to 2005. Three of the shootings took place in Vista within a five-day period.
The National Weather Service says there's a high risk of wildfire in Southern California on Wednesday. They've issued a Red Flag Warning for the mountains and forests, meaning humidity has dropped below 10 percent in those areas.
As many as 65 inmates were involved in a disturbance at an Otay Mesa jail early this morning.
California farmers say their fall harvests are beginning to accelerate, but their numbers of farm workers are not. Growers in some counties report financial losses due to the lack of migrant farm workers.
A large government study says baby boomers that are a little overweight run a greater risk of dying early. The study published in the New England Journal of Medicine involved more than a half million people.
Marine Corp officials are calling back 2,500 reservists to meet the demands of war in Iraq and Afghanistan. The involuntary return is just the latest sign that American forces are under strain, and the military is having trouble recruiting.
Accused drug kingpin Francisco Javier Arellano-Felix arrived on U.S. soil this morning in San Diego. He was immediately whisked away to a downtown federal detention center where he will be booked.
The Escondido City Council voted last night to draw up an ordinance that would punish people who provide jobs and housing to illegal immigrants.
Marine Corps officials say a new warplane coming to the Miramar Air Station will mean civilian use of the airport won't be possible. The Joint Strike Fighter or F-35, would play a critical role in national defense. Miramar officials say the development comes as no surprise. But it could affect an advisory measure on the November ballot.
Federal officials have arrested one of Mexico's top drug kingpins who was a leader of Tijuana's violent Arellano-Felix cartel. KPBS Reporter Amy Isackson has details.
Military prosecutors have indicted a San Diego based Marine officer on suspicion of assaulting three Iraqi civilians during a combat deployment last spring.
The cost of living in San Diego went up about four-percent in the past year. The U.S. Department of Labor says increases in gas prices, medical care and housing led the increase.
Officials say a retired reactor at the San Onofre nuclear power plant has leaked several thousand gallons of radioactive water. But officials say the leak poses no threat to the public. They say water containing tritium has been leaking from the reactor. But officials don't know when the leak started or how long it's been going on.
It's possible that smokers will not be able to light up anywhere within the walls of Qualcomm Stadium in the near future. The San Diego City Council tentatively approved an ordinance prohibiting smoking inside the home of the Chargers.
Camp Pendleton will open the first West Coast barracks for Marines and sailors wounded in Iraq and Afghanistan.
A long overdue investigative report looking into San Diego's pension system debacle will be presented to the City Council tomorrow.