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Firefighting Helicopters Positioned at Viejas During This Weekend’s Santa Ana Winds – October 3, 2014

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Federal Agency Positions Firefighting Helicopters at Viejas as Santa Ana Winds, Drought Increase SoCal Fire Risk

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The Bureau of Indian Affairs (B.I.A) has moved two of its firefighting helicopters from northern California to the Viejas Indian Reservation in San Diego County to position them for quick response as the wildfire threat increases across Southern California.

The continued drought conditions, extreme heat and Santa Ana winds forecast over the weekend have made San Diego County, and Southern California, ripe for wildfires and have prompted multiple agencies to be on high alert.

The helicopters, which can drop water buckets and firefighting crews, will remain at the Viejas Reservation until October 10 with a possible extension up to 15 days, depending on weather and other conditions.

The BIA-funded helicopter will be staffed daily for 10 hours by tribal firefighters from various reservations through the nation. If a wildfire starts anywhere in Southern California, they will be dropped into the area to help battle it on the ground.

For more info please contact Robert Scheid


Elevated Fire Restrictions on the Cleveland National Forest 7-17-14

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Release Date: Jul 17, 2014

Effective July 18, 2014 at 6:00 a.m., fire restrictions on the Cleveland National Forest will be moved to the “Elevated” level. The increase in fire restrictions is due to dryer fuel conditions, higher temperatures, and the likelihood of small fires becoming larger fires. The Cleveland National Forest fire restriction system works in conjunction with the daily Fire Danger Rating System, commonly referred to as the “Smokey Bear fire danger level.” The Fire Danger Rating System is a scientific calculation that takes into account several factors such as fuels conditions, expected weather effects on fuels, burning indices, live fuel moistures, and energy release component calculations, to establish the likelihood of a fire starting within a 24 hour period. “When you see a Smokey Bear sign that states the “Fire Danger Today is Very High,” you need to know that the likelihood of a wildfire starting, and then quickly developing into a large fire is a strong possibility,” stated Carlton Joseph, Fire Chief for the Cleveland National Forest. “The public needs to be extremely careful when recreating within the Forest during periods of high, very high and extreme fire danger.” The elevated fire restriction state fireworks are never allowed, wood or charcoal fires are not allowed except in designated areas, and smoking is prohibited except inside vehicles or buildings or within a developed recreation site.

The restrictions also require spark arrestors on off-highway vehicles, chainsaws and other internal combustion equipment and restrict welding, grinding, cutting and using explosives along with other activities that require a special use authorization. The fire restrictions levels are posted on the Cleveland National Forest web site at Find more campfire safety information at and “Know before you go!”

Contact your closest Forest Service office to find out the current information concerning fire danger across the Forest, and the level of fire restrictions currently in affect before you head into the Forest. District offices are open Monday through Friday, from 8:00AM to 4:30PM. • For the Cleveland National Forest Supervisor’s Office call (858) 673-6180. • For Alpine, Descanso, and Laguna Mountain areas contact the Descanso Ranger District at (619) 445-6235. • For Palomar Mountain, Henshaw, Ramona, Temecula Valley and Oak Grove areas contact the Palomar Ranger District at (760) 788-0250. • For the Ortega Hwy area, San Mateo, Orange County and Corona areas contact the Trabuco Ranger District at (951) 736-1811.



FIRE ALERT: Fence on Fire Behind Silver Creek Condos on Marshall Rd. 5-16-14


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Photo by Jana Tzinburg

Photo by Jana Tzinburg

12:15pm 5-16-14 – Had a little scare today here in Alpine. A fire was reported on Marshall Rd., behind the Silver Oak Condos. I happened to be driving through town when a friend who lives bear there alerted me. I drove by to check it out at the same time as more fire trucks were arriving, the smoke was WHITE and the fire appeared to be OUT. My friend, who lives in the complex, said the fence BEHIND THE CONDOS that separates the condo property and an open field was on fire. First responding fire units had it knocked down right away.  At this point there is no word on what the cause was. I will update this post when I get more info.

Alpine Fire confirmed that it was stopped at 1/4 acre, burned a fence and singed the outer edge of an apt building. Our guys were ON IT FAST!


Angela Brookshire – ACN Director


UPDATE 1:30pm 5-16-14 from Alpine Fire Protection’s Facebook Page:

Vegetation Fire in Alpine quickly extinguished!!

Alpine Firefighters quickly extinguished a vegetation fire that burned approximately 1/4 acre. The fire reported at 11:51 am off of Marshall Road destroyed a wooden fence and singed the eave of a condo complex before being extinguished. Alpine Firefighters were assisted by CALFIRE, Lakeside Fire, Viejas Fire Departments.

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Photo By Alpine Fire Dept


Comment by Amanda Mitchell via Facebook:

Whew! That was a scare of a lifetime for us in Silver Mountain and the complex next door! I wonder if the folks who live in the unit against the fence were home! Here’s a shot I took from next door”

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Fire in El Cajon at Aurora Drive & Business 8 – May 14, 2014

Photo courtesy of nbc san diego

Photo courtesy of nbc san diego

Another brush fire sent firefighters to the East County Wednesday amid a long, difficult day of battling raging wildfires in the North County.

Officials said this latest blaze sparked at Olde Highway 80 and Aurora Drive at around 5:10 p.m., near Greenfield Street. Aerial shots of the fire showed heavy flames engulfing a hillside between Rattlesnake Mountain and Lake Jennings Park Road.

Heartland Fire & Rescue said the fire burned at least one acre.

Some structures are threatened.

No further details were immediately available. Check back for updates.

Click here for a map of the wildfires burning across San Diego County.

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FIRE ALERT: Fire Near Scenic Viewpoint on Interstate 8 – May 3, 2014

Fire Alert

10:30 am May 3, 2014

There have been several reports of brush fires at I8 and Pine Valley.  multiple response at this point. I have read on the CHP website ( that 2 of the fires are now OUT but the 3rd fire that is FIRE CLOSER TO SCENIC VIEWPOINT 1 MI JEO WILLOWS ST EXIT OFF 8 West has potential to make run and they are calling in air craft. This fire could be 100 acres.

People who live in the area of East Willows and the 8 Freeway should be on alert.


I will keep you updated as I get more info. – Angie


Update: 11:40am  CHP is reporting that there is a Firefighter with an injured leg. (Per Brush Fire Party line East County San Diego Facebook Page) – “I am at the fire. At this time there does not appear to be any threat to homes. It is burning towards Viejas grade. I know there are a few homes in the direction the fire is burning- bit it appears that the fire crews have a good handle on it at this time”  VIEJAS ALERTS (Via Twitter) is also reporting that The View Point Air Attack reports that the fire is now 12-14 acres (Approximate) with a slow rate of spread.  The No. 2 lane of westbound I-8 near East Willows has been blocked while crews work to put out the fire.


Update 12:15pm (Via Viejas Alerts on Twitter) Per scanner traffic “the fire is almost boxed in with retardant.” They also estimate 20% containment.


Japatul Viewpoint Fire 5-3-14

Photo Taken Traveling Westbound From Descanso towards Alpine – Submitted By Terri Sonn


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Photos by Wende Cornelius, Cleveland National Forest

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Photo By Wende Cornelius, Cleveland National Forest

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Photo By Wende Cornelius, Cleveland National Forest



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Photo By Alpine Resident