San Diego Wildfire Update
From politicians to law enforcement personnel, we speak with people and agencies affected by October 2007 wildfires in San Diego.
Tom Fudge: It just happened four years ago, the devastating wildfires of 2003 in San Diego County. But here we are again. This year's firestorm hasn't taken as many lives and it apparently hasn't burned as many homes. But by acreage this fire is even bigger than the Cedar Fire, and related fires of 2003. It appears as though 350 thousand acres have gone up in flames.
Today, the fires continue, although they are not nearly as threatening. Winds have shifts, causing Santa Ana conditions to be slowly diminished. Now the Eastern edge of the Harris Fire may be posing the largest threat. The fire on Camp Pendleton has expanded to 17 thousand acres. But no buildings have been destroyed by it in recent hours.
Thirteen air tankers and 14 helicopters have been enlisted into the fire fight in San Diego County. The most significant, and the saddest news of late, is the discovery of two burned bodies in a Poway home. That brings the fire death toll to three.
- Bonnie Dumanis , San Diego district attorney .
- Steve Poizner, insurance commissioner for the State of California .
- Stan Wasowski , a forecaster with the National Weather Service in San Diego.
- Monica Munoz, media services manager for the San Diego Police Department .
- Mike Cannone, spokesman for the USPS .
- Cheryl Cox , mayor of Chula Vista.
- Lori Saldana , assemblywoman representing California's 76th Assembly District.
- Bill Brick, senior meteorologist for the San Diego County Air Pollution Control District .
- Pat Abbott, retired geology professor at SDSU and author of Natural Disasters .
- Dan Sullivan, executive vice president of human resources for Qualcomm .
- David Peters, marriage and family therapist in private practice.
- Art Gonzalez, president and CEO of Tri-City Medical Center .