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County to Open Erosion Control Center in Alpine for Valley Fire Businesses, Residents

County to Open Erosion Control Center for Valley Fire Businesses, Residents

The County will open a new erosion control center in Alpine Thursday to help businesses and homeowners in the areas burned by the Valley Fire by giving out free sandbags, fiber rolls and items to stabilize properties before winter rains arrive.

The Erosion Control Homeowners’ Assistance Center will be located at San Diego County’s Alpine Road Station at 2914 Tavern Road and is being opened specifically for unincorporated residents and businesses inside the burn areas.

Starting Thursday, the center will be open to those business and property owners from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays and from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sundays.

Through this weekend, appointments will not be required. Appointments will be required starting Monday. People can make an appointment to pick up erosion control materials by calling the County’s Stormwater hotline at (888) 846-0800.

In addition to the free sandbags, fiber rolls and stakes, people can get brochures showing how to properly install the items so that rains don’t damage properties by washing people’s soil away.

County Department of Public Works staff will also be at the center to advise people about how to protect their properties, homes, garages, sheds and other structures.

Staff will also be able to go to people’s properties to visually inspect and offer information about the best practices to protect structures.

SDG&E Wildfire Resilience (Drive-Thru) Safety Fair – September 26, 2020

There is a very informative event coming up that is hosted by SDG&E. The 2nd Annual Wildfire Safety Fair will be on Saturday, September 26, from10am to noon. This event is FREE! Preparedness backpacks and buckets will be provided on a first come, first served basis while supplies last. (Please see all the details below)
Come & join us for our 2nd Annual Wildfire Safety (Drive-Thru) Fair!
This fair will be taking place at Viejas Casino in the East End Parking Lot (past casino).

 

Fire season is around the corner and we want you and your loved ones to remain safe. Learn what you can do to protect your family and property as well as how to become more resilient. We’ve listened to feedback from your community and want to share safety tips that are relevant. You’ll receive information about stocking an emergency kit, developing an emergency plan and designing or modifying the space around your home to resist wildfire. You can also learn about our Generator Grant Program, Public Safety Power Shutoffs and speak to our Meteorology and Fire Science and Climate Adaption team about what SDG&E is continually doing to keep the region safe. See below for drive-thru dates and locations.

 

Due to social distancing and public health concerns as a result of COVID-19, SDG&E is implementing enhanced community outreach efforts in 2020. As an alternative to annual Community Safety Fairs, we are offering drive-thru events to provide preparedness information to communities at risk for wildfires. We are asking participants to please wear protective face coverings or masks to these events.

 

We’ll have staff there to provide information on:
Assistance Programs
Aviation Services
Emergency Management
Energy-efficiency programs
Engineering · Environmental Services
Infrastructure Projects & Construction
Medical Baseline Program
Vegetation Management
Many other industry experts

 

Don’t miss out on this important event. Preparedness backpacks and buckets will be provided on a first come, first served basis while supplies last. One backpack per car only.

 

Admission is free and includes displays, information, music, fresh kettle corn and drinks while in the comfort of your car. If adverse weather conditions arise, this event may be postponed or canceled.

Get information on fairs in other cities at sdge.com/fairs

New SDG&E ALERTS App for Public Safety Power Outages, Cameras, Weather & More

I would like to share with Alpine residents a new and helpful APP that’s out called “SDG&E Alerts”.  You can register 4 different locations, see info regarding a PSPS (Public Safety Power Shutoffs) in those locations as well as all the different websites available (cameras, weather stations and more). Pretty helpful! Check it out! Just go to your App Store on your phone to find it!

 

ALPINE FIRE #VALLEYFIRE INFORMATION – September 2020 (ALL UPDATES HERE)

***PLEASE NOTE THAT ALL UPDATES ON THIS FIRE WILL BE POSTED BELOW**

Please remember to also follow our Facebook Page at https://www.facebook.com/AlpineCommunityNetwork  and our Twitter Page https://twitter.com/AlpineACN to get the MOST ACCURATE AND UP TO THE MOMENT INFO 🙂

***WAYS TO STAY INFORMED**** As you know, I am doing everything I can to keep you all updated with the most current information on the #VALLEYFIRE so please IF YOU HAVE FRIENDS & FAMILY IN THE ALPINE (and Backcountry area) please SHARE OUR website and FACEBOOK PAGE (We also have a TWITTER PAGE) and PLEASE PLEASE also – VERY IMPORTANT – Follow the San Diego County Wildfires page on Facebook – They have an INCREDIBLE TEAM and have up to the minute information that is invaluable!

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UPDATE 9-11-20 9:30am
GOOD MORNING ALPINE! #ValleyFire Southeast of Alpine is now 17,665 acres and 39% contained!!! Our hero firefighters ROCK!! 😊
Below is the current update on road closures and evacuation warnings, etc:

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#VALLEYFIRE UPDATE 9-10-20 9:30am
The fire remains at 17,665 acres and 32% CONTAINED! Woooo-Hoooo! 😍 Expect interior burns for at least a week on this fire. All interior burns are heavily staffed by fire crews.
There is a very informative event coming up that is hosted by SDG&E. The 2nd Annual Wildfire Safety Fair will be on Saturday, September 26, at 10am. This event is FREE! Preparedness backpacks and buckets will be provided on a first come, first served basis while supplies last. (Please see all the details below)
Come & join us for our 2nd Annual Wildfire Safety (Drive-Thru) Fair!
This fair will be taking place at Viejas Casino in the East End Parking Lot (past casino).
Fire season is around the corner and we want you and your loved ones to remain safe. Learn what you can do to protect your family and property as well as how to become more resilient. We’ve listened to feedback from your community and want to share safety tips that are relevant. You’ll receive information about stocking an emergency kit, developing an emergency plan and designing or modifying the space around your home to resist wildfire. You can also learn about our Generator Grant Program, Public Safety Power Shutoffs and speak to our Meteorology and Fire Science and Climate Adaption team about what SDG&E is continually doing to keep the region safe. See below for drive-thru dates and locations.
Due to social distancing and public health concerns as a result of COVID-19, SDG&E is implementing enhanced community outreach efforts in 2020. As an alternative to annual Community Safety Fairs, we are offering drive-thru events to provide preparedness information to communities at risk for wildfires. We are asking participants to please wear protective face coverings or masks to these events.
We’ll have staff there to provide information on:
Assistance Programs
Aviation Services
Emergency Management
Energy-efficiency programs
Engineering · Environmental Services
Infrastructure Projects & Construction
Medical Baseline Program
Vegetation Management
Many other industry experts
Don’t miss out on this important event. Preparedness backpacks and buckets will be provided on a first come, first served basis while supplies last. One backpack per car only. Admission is free and includes displays, information, music, fresh kettle corn and drinks while in the comfort of your car. If adverse weather conditions arise, this event may be postponed or canceled.
Get information on fairs in other cities at sdge.com/fairs

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UPDATE 9-9-20 3PM

LATEST BURN MAP (click here to see larger) – Thank you to San Diego County Wildfires for sharing this info)

UPDATE 9-9-20 1PM

RED FLAG WARNING CANCELLED FOR SAN DIEGO COUNTY

The Santa Ana winds, which officials worried would push the fire to the west, started late and ended earlier than predicted. That is giving firefighters a chance to expand containment lines around the fire, which has charred more than 17,000 acres since it ignited Saturday afternoon. The National Weather Service canceled the flag warning at 12:45 p.m. It had been expected to last until 8 p.m. We will continue to have gusty winds but won’t have the concern for the strong east wind push, which will really help us get a handle on the #VALLEYFIRE. *Read more

 

UPDATE  9-9-20 2:30PM

New SDG&E ALERTS App for Public Safety Power Outages, Cameras, Weather & More

I would like to share with Alpine residents a new and helpful APP that’s out called “SDG&E Alerts”.  You can register 4 different locations, see info regarding a PSPS (Public Safety Power Shutoffs) in those locations as well as all the different websites available (cameras, weather stations and more). Pretty helpful! Check it out! Just go to your App Store on your phone to find it!

 

UPDATE 9-9-20 1:00PM

Valley Fire Update: Valley Fire Remains Stable as Santa Ana Gusts Stay Low

CALFIRE is reporting that the Valley Fire remains 17,565 acres and 11% contained Wednesday morning after the expected strong Santa Ana winds did not materialize Tuesday night, keeping the fire from spreading.

The Red Flag Warning remains in effect until 8 p.m.

Please see the evacuation map for the current evacuation order and evacuation warning locations.

As a reminder, an evacuation order requires immediate movement out of an affected area due to an imminent threat to life. An evacuation warning is given to prepare people for a potential evacuation order. Those who require additional time to evacuate, and those with pets and livestock should leave now.

However, everyone should be prepared to evacuate and should evacuate if they do not feel safe. Residents who are asked to evacuate or choose to evacuate can go to El Capitan High School at 10410 Ashwood Street in Lakeside, 92040 and Steele Canyon High School at 12440 Campo Road in Spring Valley, 91978.

Road closures continue to be in effect at:

  • Japatul Road and Lyons Valley Road/Japatul Road
  • Japatul Road at Tavern Road/Dehesa Road
  • Lyons Valley Road and Honey Springs Road
  • Wisecarver Lane at Wisecarver Truck Trail
  • Skyline Truck Trail and Lawson Valley
  • Japatul Road at Via Asoleado (also at Sequan Truck Trail)
  • Corrall Canyon at Buckman Springs (but Buckman Springs is open)
  • High Glen Road
  • Hidden Glen Road

If you need emergency assistance in evacuation, call 9-1-1. Residents in the areas impacted by the Valley Fire can dial 2-1-1 for non-emergency fire information such as evacuation orders, shelters and road closures.

For the latest emergency updates in English and Spanish, visit www.sdcountyemergency.com, and download the SD Emergency.

 

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Update 9-9-20 8am

First of all …. THANK GOD the winds were NOWHERE NEAR as bad as they were predicting! Because there was a flare up on north side of Loveland Lake that was beyond the retardant line. Fire crews hit it hard with water drops and it looks like that have got it out. (This picture is taken from the view streets (highlands) area looking across the old and new Palo Verde Ranch)

 

Official UPDATE DAY 5: (Wednesday, September 9, 2020) Valley Fire #valleyfire (Shared from San Diego County Wildfires)

“Good morning, all the control lines held last night. No fire crossed the line anywhere. There were several areas where fire flared up but it was interior of the control lines. They did have to pull firefighters off of the line at one point due to safety concerns. Things have started to calm back down. You can call last night a success for now. All eyes are on one more day of winds to see what show up today.”

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Update 9-8-20 (5:30pm)

#ValleyFire Update: There is a NEW evacuation site for horses. All horses should be brought to Lakeside Rodeo Arena, 12584 Mapleview St. Please do not bring horses to any other evacuation sites. They are at capacity. Our Emergency Response Team is standing by to help. (San Diego Humane Society)

 

TEMPORARY SHELTER CHANGES: #VALLEYFIRE
Joan MacQueen Middle School is closed due to capacity. A new shelter is being opened at
El Capitan High School,Ashwood Street in Lakeside, 92040 or go to Steele Canyon High School at 12440 Campo Road in Spring Valley if you evacuate due to the Valley Fire.

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UPDATE: 9-8-2020 (8am)

#ValleyFire [update] The fire remains 17,345 acres and 3% contained.  There was not much growth overnight. Air support cannot start until it is clear enough for them to see. We are under a RED FLAG WARNING TODAY from Noon to 8pm on Wednesday wit Max Gusts 35-55 mph. PLEASE BE PREPARED.

Check out these photos from the front line of the fire yesterday (Photos credit Ryan Grothe)

We ALL LOVE and APPRECIATE OUR FIREFIGHTERS and many are looking for ways they can thank or help them… please read this post below that was shared on Facebook from a Fire Captain that will give you a good idea of how YOU can REALLY help THEM 🙂

The newest #VALLEYFIRE Map (Click on the link to view the PDF Larger)

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UPDATE 9-7-2020:

Good morning Alpine!
#VALLEYFIRE UPDATE 9-7-20:
the fire has burned 10,258 acres and is 1% contained. CAL FIRE/SAN DIEGO COUNTY FIRE Started this morning “Because of the proactive efforts of CAL_FIRE, today we will be exercising the agreement we have with the Navy Third Fleet and the First Marine Expeditionary Force to utilize military aircraft on the #ValleyFire”. It has been stated that there will be 6 helicopters that they are adding to the fire fighting efforts! That’s awesome! Below is the current map of the #valleyfire. Here is a statement from Cleveland National Forest: “The fire remained active in the night with uphill runs and wind driven runs. Firefighters held the spread to 408 acres, bringing the total acres to 10,258. Crews are continuing to do point protection and perimeter control. Firefighters will be building line. The military has been activated, adding an additional 6 helicopters to the fire suppression efforts.
With forecasted cooler and lighter winds today, it should provide a slight reduction of fire spread. However, there are a lot of dead fuels that will continue to be receptive to fire spread. Fire growth is impacting the Lawson Valley and Carveacre areas.
There is an immediate threat to Loveland Reservoir and the surrounding water shed. We have 374 personnel, including: 5 crews, 56 engines, 6 dozers and 7 water tenders.
Please call the San Diego Sheriff’s Department for evacuation information at (858) 565-3490.
Temporary evacuation points have been set up at Steele Canyon High School, 12440 Campo Road, Spring Valley; and Joan MacQueen Middle school, 2001 Tavern Road, Alpine for evacuees. “
THIS ALERT BELOW WAS SENT OUT AND POSTED AT 11:30am:
**ALPINE RESIDENTS PLEASE STAY ALERT AND WITH BAGS PACKED IN CASE OF AN EVACUATION NOTICE. Tuesday is when we will get those Santa Ana winds – 🙁  Angie (ACN Director)
Current fire map: (click to view larger)
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ORIGINAL POST: September 5, 2020 – FIRE in JAPATUL. #valleyfire Started on Spirit Road near Carvacre. Explosive rate of spread Cleveland National Forest now says it’s 300 to 400 acres and expected to be major extended incident. It appears to be blowing west. The community of Carveacre is threatened and under evacuation orders. Multiple air and ground resources are on scene and en route. There are reports that this fire started by some sort of explosion.

Join SDG&E for a Wildfire (DRIVE THROUGH) Safety Fair at Mountain Empire High School – September 12, 2020

Join us for our 2nd Annual Wildfire Safety Fair!  We’ll be hosting a series of drive-thru Safety Fairs for anyone interested in learning more about Public Safety Power Shutoffs, safety during a power-shutoff event and how you can be prepared for the threat of wildfire. Learn more about what we’re doing to keep our community safe from wildfires.

MOUNTAIN EMPIRE HIGH SCHOOL Saturday, Sept 12, 2020 from 10 am – 12 pm (Student Parking Lot) 3305 Buckman Springs Rd., Pine Valley, Ca 91962

Don’t miss out on this important event. Preparedness backpacks and buckets will be provided on a first come, first served basis while supplies last. One backpack per car only.

Admission is free and includes displays, information, music, fresh kettle corn and drinks while in the comfort of your car. If adverse weather conditions arise, this event may be postponed or canceled.

Learn more at sdge.com/fairs

 

SDG&E Wildfire Resiliency & Operations Open House Webinars – June 25, 30 & July 2, 2020

SDG&E will be hosting a series of webinars for anyone interested in learning more about Public Safety Power Shutoffs, safety during a power-shutoff event and how you can be prepared for the threat of wildfire.

Learn more about what we’re doing to keep our community safe from wildfires.With fire season around the corner, we want to continue to share important information about what we’re doing throughout the region to mitigate the risk of wildfire.

Please select from the dates below to attend the webinar

If joining webinars via mobile device you will need to download the Teams app. Simply follow the download prompts when joining each event.

WEBINAR 1

Thursday, 6/25
5 pm – 6:15 pm

ATTEND
WEBINAR 2

Tuesday, 6/30
5 pm – 6:15 pm

ATTEND
WEBINAR 3

Thursday, 7/2
5 pm – 6:15 pm

ATTEND

The above links will be active on the day of specified webinar

We’ll have presenters from SDG&E’s Emergency Management, Wildfire Resilience & Operations, Vegetation Management and Meteorology departments to talk about Public Safety Power Shutoffs (PSPS), Community Resource Centers (CRC), Dry Brush Management, Dead Vegetation Clearing programs and the future additions of weather stations and upgrades to our weather network. You’ll also have the opportunity to ask questions during and/or after the event.Learn more at sdge.com/webinars.

SDG&E Wildfire Mitigation & Resiliency OPEN HOUSE Dates in the Backcountry – June 11 thru June 28, 2019

June 2019 – SDG&E Wildfire Mitigation & Resiliency OPEN HOUSE! Come and learn about public safety power shut-offs and how to be prepared for emergencies. Fire season is around the corner and we want you and your loved ones to remain safe. Please join us for one of our SDG&E Wildfire Mitigation & Resiliency Open Houses that are listed below. You will receive information about stocking an emergency kit, developing an emergency plan and designing or modifying the space around your home to resist wildfire. You will also learn more about puclic safety power shutoffs and speak to our Meteorology and Fire Science and Climate Adaption team about what SDG&E is doing to keep the region safe. Please see the flyer below for even more details. Our Open Houses will be from 5pm to 7:30 unless otherwise stated. The dates are: Boulevard – June 11, Potrero – June 13, Warner Springs – June 18, Ramona – June 20, Valley Center – June 25 & Pine Valley – June 27. For more info please visit www.sdge.com/wildfire-safety

County of San Diego Ramping Up FIRE SAFETY in Highest-Risk Areas

NEWS ADVISORY – June 3, 2019

Chairwoman Dianne Jacob and Supervisor Jim Desmond – San Diego County Board of Supervisors

Heavier-than-usual backcountry brush and other fuels this year could spark disaster. San Diego County leaders, joined by Cal Fire officials and others, will announce several initiatives to better protect people and property in the most wildfire-prone parts of the county. The improvements will include thousands of additional property inspections and the creation of fire breaks, with a special focus on Crest, Guatay, Palomar Mountain and other communities in the crosshairs of a potential firestorm. The Board of Supervisors is expected to formally sign off on the initiatives at a meeting prior to the media gathering. While the county has invested over $500 million since 2003 on fire protection improvements, there’s broad agreement that more needs to be done to protect the most high-risk communities. Officials also say the thick vegetation this spring, fed by months of rainstorms, has heightened the risk of wildfire.

WHEN: Tuesday, June 4, 12:30 p.m.

WHERE: County Emergency Operations Center, 5580 Overland Ave., Suite 100, San Diego. Park in the designated “media” spaces outside the entry gate, near the Medical Examiner’s Office.

WHO: Chairwoman Dianne Jacob, Supervisor Jim Desmond, Chief Tony Mecham, Cal Fire/County Fire Authority, Chief Don Butz, President, Fire Safe Council of San Diego County Kandhy Franklin, Crest Fire Safe Council.

Media inquiries: Steve Schmidt, 619-206-9108, steve.schmidt@sdcounty.ca.gov

Donna Cleary, 858-805-1395, donna.cleary@sdcounty.ca.gov

 

Wildfire Preparedness Event for the Community of Alpine – June 8, 2019

The Greater Alpine Fire Safe Council and Back Country Land Trust is having another great community education event for Wildfire Preparedness on Saturday June 8, 2019 at the Alpine Creek Town Center (In front of Barons & Kahoots) from 10am to 2pm.  Don’t miss this opportunity to learn more about emergency preparation to help you get ready for wildfire and emergencies. Organizations will be on hand to talk about their programs and answer questions. For more info please contact Bonnie J. Burchill, Sunrise Powerlink Fire Mitigation Grants Program at 1-619-722-7512 or email bonnie@sunrisepowerlinkgrants.com

Prescribed Fire Burns Planned at Cuyamaca Rancho State Park – May 13-31, 2019

SAN DIEGO COUNTY, Calif.,-The California Department of Parks and Recreation in cooperation with the California Department of Forestry and Fire protection (CAL FIRE) are planning a prescribed burn in Cuyamaca Rancho State Park between May 13 and 31, 2019. This burn is part of a forest health and recovery program including vegetation management, hazardous fuel load reduction, wildlife habitat improvement, and other ecological benefits. This treatment will enhance the health of the forest by restoring essential nutrients to the soil and reducing the chance of a catastrophic wildfire. The prescribed burn is being planned and coordinated with the San Diego Air Pollution Control District in order to minimize the smoke impacts on surrounding communities. All burning depends on weather and air quality conditions that are favorable for smoke dispersal. If the conditions, such as weather or vegetation are not conducive for burning, the burn will be rescheduled. Some public trails near the burn area may be closed the day of the burn. People traveling near the fire burn areas may see smoke from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on the day of the burn. In the unlikely event you smell smoke, County officials urge you to take precautions and use common sense to reduce any harmful health effects by limiting outdoor activities. Prescribed burns produce significantly less smoke than a wildfire does. If you see or smell smoke in your surroundings, officials recommend avoiding strenuous outdoor activity and remaining indoors as much as possible. These precautions are especially important for children, the elderly and people with respiratory and heart conditions.

Please use extreme caution while driving near prescribed fire operations due to fire personnel and equipment in the area.