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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!




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***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!



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:



#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


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


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, and download the SD Emergency.




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.”


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)


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.


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)




UPDATE 9-7-2020:

Good morning Alpine!
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. “
**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)


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.

The Mediterraneo Bistro in Alpine is NOW Back Open for DINE-IN! Come See Us!

August 31. 2020 – To the lovely community of Alpine, our family would like to announce that the Mediterraneo is finally back open for DINE-IN! There will still be a few restrictions, but nothing major, so PLEASE come and see us! We LOVE YOU and MISS YOU ALPINE! Reservations are strongly recommended since we have less seating! SEE YOU SOON!!!!!!! – The Mediterraneo Bistro staff and the Croce family

Call us at 619.445.9902. We are located at1347 Tavern Rd. Alpine Ca. 91901 View our full menu online at


Alpine Social is EXCITED to Offer Customers Back for INDOOR DINING on September 1, 2020

Tuesday is the day!! Alpine Social Kitchen & Tap is SO EXCITED to welcome our customers back INSIDE to dine with us. With following the guidelines the state and county of San Diego have set forth, our dining room will be at 25% Capacity. We will continue to offer outside dining but, to make a reservation for one of our inside tables please call us at 619-722-1700. To celebrate we will be offering specials all week, so please stay tuned!! Thank you for the continued support!!🧡 Chef Ronny, Lauren, Ronda and the Alpine Social Team! Alpine Social is located at 1730 Alpine Blvd., #117 (In the Ayres Center)

ALPINE TACO SHOP Celebrates 28 Years with New Website, Updated Menu & Hours, Curbside Pick-up & MORE!

This week Alpine Taco Shop proudly celebrates 28 years of service to Alpine and surrounding communities. Thank you Alpine, for your continued support! Family owned and operated, located at 1903-A Alpine Blvd (Across the street from Alpine Elementary School).

New Hours: 7 Days/Week: 10am-9pm.

We now offer curbside pickup and a contactless menu for your safety with easy off-street parking for your convenience. Our outdoor patio is still available for dining onsite and as always our friendly, prompt service you can rely on. Limited dine-in option coming soon!

New Website: Please visit the all-new, (which should be LIVE by Wednesday September 2) browse our updated menu, give us a call to place your order and let us know your mobile number and car description so we can bring your food out to you when it’s ready.

Updated Menu: Our new menu makes it easier than ever to view our breakfast options, lunch, and dinner entrees, tacos, burritos, and various a la carte items as well as affordable Family Meals! Try our new Surf & Turf Quesadilla, Surf & Turf Nachos and the local favorite, Alpine Nachos! Order Now: 619-445-8907


Gymtrix FALL REGISTRATION NIGHT – August 22, 2020

Save the date for Gymtrix Fall Registration Night! Saturday, August 22, 2020 from 5pm to 8pm! Join us for specials, Open Gym and t-shirts! We offer a variety of youth fun including recreational gymnastics, competitive team gymnastics, boys gymnastics, cheer teams, birthday parties, special events & more! Gymtrix is located at 2358 Tavern Rd. (Next to Boulder Oaks Elementary School) For more info call 619-659-8772 or email Karen Smith at Visit our website at

Visit “Gathered”: A Native Made Marketplace in the Viejas Outlets

Visit Gathered: A Native Made Marketplace, in the Viejas Outlets, for all things Native inspired and crafted, such as:
• One of a kind handmade Native American crafts from various talented artisans.
• Native American print linens, sheets, comforters, throws and blankets.
• Beads sizes 9 to 15 in a rainbow of colors and other findings for jewelry making.
• Blue Bird Flour—the only store in San Diego that carries it—5lb and 10lb bags available.
• The full line of Dixie Belle Chalk Mineral paint.

Come experience our community of Native Artisans!

5003 Willows Road #114 Suite E 104, Alpine, CA 91901
Phone: (619) 722-1020

LOST CAT: “Jinx”, Tabby & White Male, Foss / South Grade, Alpine 8-7-20


Please help find my best friend Jinx We live off of South Grade, our backyard is near Foss. He has been missing since 08/07/2020. He is 12 pounds, adult. dark tabby striped and white. White underbelly. If you’ve seen him please let me know!

NAME: Jennifer Hayford EMAIL HERE or call / text me at 619-919-7226



Alpine Country Day School Director, Marlene Zeigler, Retires After 38 Years!

August 2020 – Alpine Country Day School (ACDS) opened in June,1982, and fortunately for our community and ACDS Marlene Zeigler began her career shortly thereafter in September, not knowing the incredible impact she would have on thousands of our community’s children.

For over 38 years Marlene quietly, lovingly, and with tremendous expertise knew that early childhood development required structure,a diverse daily curriculum,and lots of love. Having started as a teacher at the school, Marlene brought her quiet strength and belief that children need a deep understanding of nature and their place in nature. She also knew that preparing children scholastically for entry into kindergarten was becoming increasingly important and the basis for a child’s success in school.

Over the years, Marlene rose up the ranks and eventually became the Director of Alpine Country Day School’s preschool. If you ask most parents or teachers about their interactions with Marlene over the past 38 years at the school, they will tell you that along with Marlene’s understanding about early childhood development,there has always been an unflinching desire to put children’s growth needs first, as well as their need to feel complete acceptance and love.

The school’s owner Julie Ramirez says “We are happy for Marlene and forever grateful for 38 years of teaching,directing,and guiding our children,teachers,parents and me!” She also announced that one of ACDS’ long time and trusted teachers of 22 years, LeAnne Talada, has been preparing for the directorship of the center for over two years. “In reality” says Julie,”LeAnne has been preparing for the director role for many years and I’m very confident that she is ready.”

As part of the school’s send off for Marlene, they are asking any and all alumni,parents of alumni,and past teachers to send Marlene a note of congratulations,thanks and how she may have impacted your life during any part of her 38-year career at Alpine Country Day Schools.

Please direct all congratulatory notes to Marlene through our main school at:

Marlene Zeigler,Retired Director
C/O Alpine Country Day School
1508 Midway Dr.
Alpine, Ca 91901


*Submitted by Julie Ramirez, EMAIL:




Alpine Library and ALFA Bookstore News – August 2020 (Cool Zone & November Polls Info)

The  Library is open for limited services:

1.If you order a book on line, you will be notified when it is ready for pick up. Make an appointment with the Library and pick it up at the Office door facing the parking lot.

  1. If you would like to get a book from our Library stacks, You can talk with the Librarian and she will select the book or a selection of books that you might like.
  2. Library books may be returned to the Library by going to the Office Door and placing them in the bin.

COOL ZONE: Our Library has been designated as a COOL ZONE. It is  open Monday through Friday 12: to 5: Only the Lobby and Resource Room are being used.You must have your t emperature taken at the door; wear a mask; cleanse hands; and Social Distance.

NOVEMBER POLLS: Our library WILL NOT be a polling place; HOWEVER, States mandate that all Libraries will have a Registrar of Voters locked box in their Lobby for the deposit of mail-in-ballots.These go directly to the Registrar’s Office and not through the Postal Service. Considering that the mail service will be slow and over loaded, I think this is the safest, fastest way for you to return your ballot.

Opening of Library and Bookstore: We have NO information on this. When we do open all CDC guidelines will be observed.

The Alpine Bookstore is located at the front of the Alpine Library located at 1752 Alpine Blvd. Alpine Ca 91901.

Books_ArtFor more info please contact
Deborah Verfaillie at

619 445-3688

NAME: Deborah Verfaillie