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Prepare for triple-digit temperatures

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Inland daytime temperatures are projected to soar into the triple digits from mid-morning to late afternoon Friday through Sunday, forecasters said.
For its part, Cal Fire is bracing for the hot weather by assigning an additional air tanker to the Ramona Airport this weekend, according to public-affairs Capt. Kendal Bortisser. In the event of a wildfire, Cal Fire would have a total of three airtankers at the ready to help squash the flames.
National Weather Service attributes the forecast to high pressure over California mixes with offshore flow.
In other parts of the county, the hottest temperatures will occur from mid-morning to late afternoon Friday and Saturday in coastal areas, and from late morning through late afternoon Friday and Saturday in the mountains, according to the weather service.
The agency scheduled a heat advisory for the valleys from 11 a.m. Friday to 8 p.m. Sunday and for coastal and mountain areas from 11 a.m. Friday to 8 p.m. Saturday.
No advisory was issued for the deserts, though triple-digit heat is also expected there starting Friday.
“Heat can be stressful to animals and humans, making it hard for the body to acclimate and remain hydrated,” according to the weather service. “Without precautions, even healthy adults could experience heat stress and illness.”
The agency encouraged those spending time outside to reschedule strenuous activities to early morning or evening hours, if possible.
Relief from the heat wave is expected early next week but it will be a slow cooling, forecasters said.

Chamber’s annual Oktoberfest promises nine hours of family fun

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Ramona Chamber of Commerce’s Oktoberfest promises nine hours of family fun at Ramona Community Center, 434 Aqua Lane, on Saturday, Oct. 4.
Music from the Kalifornia Krauts from San Francisco coupled with a flock of costumed frauleins, a bratwurst-eating contest and a beer garden featuring San Diego breweries will give the event its traditional German flavor.
Also planned for the event, slated from 1 to 10 p.m., are a Kids Zone with pumpkin patch and children’s activities, a Classic Car Show, food, craft and business vendors, Ramona wines, prize drawings, a costume and other contests, face painting, beanbag toss, and family games and activities.
Admission is $10 at the door and $8 in advance at the chamber office, 960 Main St. Admission for children age 11 and younger and active duty military is free.
Charlotte Jensen, chamber president, is event chair. More information is at the chamber, 760-789-1311 and www.ramonachamber.com.

Two squirrels test positive for plague on Palomar Mountain, county reports

Two squirrels captured on Palomar Mountain for routine monitoring tested positive for plague, a common occurrence during the warm weather months, county officials report. The squirrels were trapped last week at the Doane Valley Campground, according to the county Department of Environmental Health. “People need to remember not to feed or play with squirrels when [...]

County boosts fire protection with third helicopter

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San Diego County Supervisors today authorized the acquisition of a third firefighting helicopter, one of a series of recommendations stemming from the rash of wildfires in May.

The county will spend up to $5.2 million for the Bell helicopter.

The new permanent helicopter is expected to arrive next year, but the county has leased a third helicopter until the end of October.

Couple saves abandoned dog after it was thrown over fence of their business lot

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Update, Wednesday, Sept. 24—According to the county, Dolly, a pit bull puppy found abandoned in a fenced-in Ramona business lot, was adopted Tuesday morning by a Poway man.

Original story—Getting behind in paperwork may have saved a dog’s life.

When Karen Tavares, vice president of Investigative Science and Engineering Inc. in Ramona, worked on Friday, Aug. 29, to catch up on paperwork, just before she left she found a puppy limping in the locked fenced-in area

Wildfire warning system gauges severity of Santa Ana windstorms

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Wildfires that swept through San Diego County in 2007 spurred development of a web-based weather monitoring system that quantifies the risks of blazes during Santa Ana windstorms to equip first-responders and the public with information to prepare for an emergency, officials said today.

U.S. Forest Service rangers, along with representatives from San Diego Gas & Electric and UCLA, jointly developed the Santa Ana Wildfire Threat Index, which was unveiled during a briefing at the forest service’s Southern California Geographic Area Coordination Center in Riverside.

Beetle claims more oak trees in Ramona

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The goldspotted oak borer (GSOB) continues to claim the lives of oak trees in Ramona.

Latest casualties include two oak trees on the San Vicente Golf Course and a tree in the right-of-way on Archie Moore Road, south of Rancho De la Angel Road.

Ramona Community Planning Group voted Sept. 4 to recommend to the county that the tree on Archie Moore be cut down as it is now considered a safety hazard.

Weaving a quilt trail through the backcountry

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“The historical significance of the backcountry in addition to the active arts communities, the strong interest in quilting and the numerous tourism aspects make Julian, Ramona and neighboring areas an extremely viable option for a quilt trail,” says Julian Backcountry Quilt Trail Committee chair Nancy Weber, who will host an informational meeting in Ramona

The meeting is for anyone interested in learning about quilt trails in general and, more specifically, about a trail in and around Ramona. It will be in the Ramona Library on Thursday, Sept. 18, from 6 to 7 p.m.

Softball scoreboard, soccer field expansion top parks list

With two park projects nearly completed — the Boys & Girls Club basketball court and the Ramona High School baseball/softball dugouts, Ramona Community Planning Group approved a new priority list of five park proposals at its Sept. 4 meeting.

The new Park Lands Dedication Ordinance (PLDO) priority list was recommended by the planning group’s Parks Subcommittee, chaired by Torry Brean, and came at the request of the county Department of Parks and Recreation, which asks for an annual update.

County entomologist identifies red bug

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A red bug that has invaded a resident’s yard has been positively identified by the county as scantius aegyptius, also known as the red bug and new to the area.

Dr. Tracy Ellis, an entomologist with the county’s Department of Agriculture, Weights and Measurements, said the red bug is a seasonal nuisance pest.

“We will see it in greater numbers at this time of year, and for the first few years of its presence it will be more noticeable to us,” she said.

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