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Friday, July 30, 2010

Arson Suspect Arrested

An arrest has been made in connection with a series of recent vegetation fires in the Lakeside area. The most recent fire occurred last night (7-29-10) near I-8 and Los Coches Road at approximately 10:45 pm. Fire Crews were able to quickly extinguish the fire; there was no damage to structures and no one was injured.

Fire Investigators from CAL FIRE, the Lakeside Fire Protection District and United States Fish and Wildlife Service along with Law Enforcement Officers from the San Diego Sheriffs Department and California Highway Patrol worked throughout the night collecting evidence and conducting interviews which led to this morning’s arrest.

CAL FIRE Unit Chief Howard Windsor said, “Those who are found guilty of intentionally starting fires will be held accountable and prosecuted to the full extent of the law.”

The suspect, 49 year old Eloy Bazan, was booked into county jail on two counts of felony arson to vegetation and a weapons violation. Bazan was contacted at his place of employment this morning by fire investigators and law enforcement officers and was questioned in connection with the series of fires. Evidence linking Bazan to the fires was found at the scene and he was subsequently placed under arrest and booked into County Jail.

Andy Parr, Fire Chief of the Lakeside Fire Protection District stated “this was truly a collaborative effort of Fire and Law Enforcement Agencies that led to the arrest of this suspect and I am very proud of all the personnel from these agencies and their cooperative work on this

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Firefighters Battle Early Morning Fire

On the morning of July 28th 2010, firefighters from CAL FIRE and the Julian Volunteer Fire Department responded to an early morning structure fire at the Whispering Winds Catholic Camp and Conference Center at 17606 Harrison Park Rd in Julian. When firefighters arrived the triple wide structure was fully involved. The structure was equipped with smoke detectors, fortunately the structure was not occupied during the incident. No firefighters were injured while extinguishing the fire and the cause remains under investigation.

Do you have an evacuation plan? Exit Drills In The Home can help people prepare for an emergency. Most home fires occur at night, when people are the least prepared. Home fires can become a disaster if you and your family are not familiar with how to escape during an emergency.

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Friday, July 23, 2010

Power Equipment Safety

As we move into the drier months here in San Diego County we remind residents to please clear their property and create defensible space. But along with that you need to remember that the use of mechanized equipment can cause fires also. CAL FIRE/San Diego County Fire Authority always recommends doing any type of clearing with mechanized equipment prior to 10am so that the moisture levels are still up. When doing your clearing also have a hose or a shovel nearby in case you do start a fire. Below are some tips and our website with more information.

Are You doing the right thing, the wrong way?

Are you doing the right thing the wrong way -for example, trying to eliminate the fire hazards around your home and in the process starting a wildland fire? Each year CAL FIRE responds to more than 1,600 fires started by Californians using equipment the wrong way.

Whether working to create a defensible space around your home, just mowing the lawn, or pulling your dirt bike over to the side of the road, if you live in a wildland area you need to use all equipment responsibly. Lawn mowers, weedeaters, chain saws, grinders, welders, tractors, and trimmers can all spark a wildland fire. Do your part, the right way, to keep your community fire safe.

Here’s how to do it the Right Way:

Do all yard maintenance that requires a gas or electrical motor before 10 a.m. ▪▪ Not in the heat of the day, or when the wind is blowing!

Lawn mowers are designed to mow lawns. ▪▪Never use lawn mowers in dry vegetation.

Use a weed trimmer to cut down dry weeds and grass.▪▪

Remove rocks in the area before you begin operating any equipment. A rock ▪▪ hidden in grass or weeds is enough to start a fire when struck by a metal blade.

In wildland areas, spark arresters are required on all portable gasoline powered ▪▪ equipment including tractors, harvesters, chain saws, weedeaters, mowers, motorcycles, and All Terrain Vehicles (ATVs).

Keep the exhaust system, spark arresters and mower in proper working order ▪▪ and free of carbon buildup. Use the recommended grade of fuel and don’t top off.

Keep the engine free of oil and dust, and keep the mower free of ▪▪ flammable materials.

In wildland areas, a permit may be required for grinding and ▪▪ welding operations, and spark shields may be required on equipment. Be sure to have 10 feet of clearance, a 46”round point shovel, and a backpump water-type fire extinguisher ready to use.

Hot exhaust pipes and mufflers can start fires you ▪▪ won’t even see, until it’s too late!

Don’t pull off into dry grass or brush.

Keep a cell phone nearby and call 911 ▪▪ immediately in case of a fire.


Monday, July 19, 2010

Lightning Safety

Just this past weekend San Diego experienced a rash of lightning strikes in the eastern portion of the county and many of the foothill areas. These types of weather patterns can occur multiple times a year and bring with them safety concerns to the public. During active lighting storms there is an increase of wild land fires and extreme hazards to life and property. CAL FIRE/San Diego County Fire is continuously monitoring the weather and will increase staffing in anticipation of an increased call volume. It is important to take the time to review lightning safety tips due to the fact it is something we here in Southern California do not see very often, below is a list of precautions you and your family can review along with some additional links.

Personal Lightning Safety Tips

1. PLAN in advance your evacuation and safety measures. When you first see lightning or hear thunder, activate your emergency plan. Now is the time to go to a building or a vehicle. Lightning often precedes rain, so don't wait for the rain to begin before suspending activities.

2. IF OUTDOORS...Avoid water. Avoid the high ground. Avoid open spaces. Avoid all metal objects including electric wires, fences, machinery, motors, power tools, etc. Unsafe places include underneath canopies, small picnic or rain shelters, or near trees. Where possible, find shelter in a substantial building or in a fully enclosed metal vehicle such as a car, truck or a van with the windows completely shut. If lightning is striking nearby when you are outside, you should:

A. Crouch down. Put feet together. Place hands over ears to minimize hearing damage from thunder.

B. Avoid proximity (minimum of 15 ft.) to other people.

3. IF INDOORS... Avoid water. Stay away from doors and windows. Do not use the telephone. Take off head sets. Turn off, unplug, and stay away from appliances, computers, power tools, & TV sets. Lightning may strike exterior electric and phone lines, inducing shocks to inside equipment.

4. SUSPEND ACTIVITIES for 30 minutes after the last observed lightning or thunder.

5. INJURED PERSONS do not carry an electrical charge and can be handled safely. Apply First Aid procedures to a lightning victim if you are qualified to do so. Call 911 or send for help immediately.


Wednesday, July 14, 2010

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Wednesday, July 7, 2010

5.4 Earthquake Centered near Borrego Springs

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