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Lessons Learned From May Wildfires

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Two County Residents Appointed to State Wildfire Safety Advisory Board

Oct. 30
By City News Service

Gov. Newsom appointed UC San Diego researcher Jessica Block, 41, and San Diego State University adjunct professor Alexandra Syphard, 49, to the board, which also includes advisers from Castaic, San Francisco and Elk Grove.

A Cal Fire truck at the Vista Fire on July 17, ...

25,000-Plus Without Power In North, East County Because Of Safety Shut Offs

Oct. 30
By City News Service

An additional 15,369 addresses faced potential precautionary power-downs in Jacumba, portions of Lakeside, Palomar Mountain, Ranchita, and unincorporated areas east of San Clemente, portions of San Marcos and Warner Springs.

Woodbridge firefighter Joe Zurilgen passes a bu...

Californians Struggle After Latest Blackout Hits 1.5 Million

Oct. 30
By Associated Press

Californians on Wednesday found themselves facing winds, wildfires and darkness from yet another power outage that hit more than 1 million people.

Julian Union High School District may be forced...

Longer Wildfire Season Could Mean Extended Academic Year For Some San Diego Schools

Oct. 30
By Joe Hong

As wildfire-related closures become more common, one superintendent expressed concern that the district may not meet state requirements for the minimum number of school days.

Power lines at an SDG&E facility in North Park ...

SDG&E Talks Power Safety Shut Offs In Face Of Red Flag Warnings

Oct. 30
By Matt Hoffman

While the power safety shut-offs might be controversial for some, SDG&E has its reasons.

Firefighters try to save a home on Tigertail Ro...

Firefighters Battle California Blazes Before Windstorms Return

Oct. 29
By Associated Press

Crews fought Tuesday to drown, slash and smother wildfires that have incinerated dozens of homes in Northern and Southern California before returning windstorms can blow them back into furious life.

Cal Fire firefighters respond to a brush fire i...

Strong Santa Ana Winds Expected To Raise Fire Risk

Oct. 29
By City News Service

Strong Santa Ana winds are expected again in San Diego County beginning late Tuesday, raising the threat of wildfires through Thursday evening.

The sign for the Cal Fire San Diego Unit Headqu...

Santa Ana Conditions To Raise Local Wildfire Hazards Again This Week

Oct. 28
By City News Service

The conditions — featuring winds out of the east and northeast at 50 to 80 mph, combined with humidity levels as low as 5% — are likely to be the strongest of the season so far and create "an extreme fire-weather environment."

Firefighters try to save a home on Tigertail Ro...

California Wildfires Erupt In Los Angeles, Burn In Wine Country

Oct. 28
By Associated Press

Firefighters battled destructive wildfires in Northern California wine country and on the wealthy west side of Los Angeles on Monday, trying to beat back flames that forced tens of thousands to flee their homes.

Woodbridge firefighter Joe Zurilgen passes a bu...

Millions Remain Without Power In Northern California As Fires Spread

Oct. 28
By Associated Press

As nearly 200,000 people remain under evacuation order from threat of wildfire, some of the millions of people in Northern California on track to get their electricity back may not have power restored before another possible round of shut-offs and debilitating winds.

An image of hot Santa Ana winds flowing over Ba...

3 Die in Wildfires In Mexico’s Baja California

Oct. 26
By Associated Press

Mexico’s civil defense agency said Friday that fires near Tecate, near Tijuana and between the coastal towns of Rosarito and Ensenada had forced 1,645 people to evacuate their homes.

A Pacific Gas & Electric worker passes a home o...

State Allocates Funding to Cities, Counties Affected by Power Shut-Offs

Oct. 25
By City News Service

Newsom announced the establishment of the Local Government Public Safety Power Shutoffs Resiliency Program, which will provide funding to local governments to maintain power service to high- risk areas affected by power shutoffs.

Cal Fire firefighters respond to a brush fire i...

California Regulators Say Ratepayer-Financed Wildfire Fund Can Move Forward

Oct. 25
By John Carroll

The California Public Utilities Commission voted unanimously Thursday to approve a funding mechanism for a wildfire fund. Utilities across the state can tap into it to help pay for damages caused by wildfires.

A map showing the location of the Miller Fire i...

Brush Fire in Valley Center Prompts Evacuations

Oct. 25
By Christopher Underwood, City News Service, Shalina Chatlani

The fire ignited early this afternoon and has burned at least one home, according to Cal Fire.

Armando Espinoza delivers paper products to a c...

Roundtable: Blackouts Return To California Fire Zones

Oct. 25
By Bennett Lacy, Mark Sauer

Preemptive power outages return to California for the second time this month; Governor Gavin Newsom asks for an investigation into high gas prices; and critics accuse the San Diego City Council of election shopping in its move to place the hotel tax vote on the March primary ballot.