Category archives for: Backcountry

Crews stop spread of brush fires off Wildcat Canyon Road; CHP issues SigAlert

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Tuesday, 4 p.m. — San Diego Country Estates residents who drive Wildcat Canyon Road home from work should consider an alternate route, California Highway Patrol advises, estimating it will be another three hours before the road can be opened as fire crews put out hot spots from brush fires that erupted earlier near Barona Casino.

43rd Annual Ramona Junior Fair kicks off 10 days of 4-H, FFA with dog show on Saturday

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With nearly 300 exhibitors in the 43rd Annual Ramona Junior Fair, participants, bidders and visitors anticipate 10 days of shows, showmanship and competition as area 4-H’ers and FFA members gather “Under the Big Top with the Livestock.”

All activities except the horse show will be at the Ramona Junior Fairgrounds, 431 Aqua Lane, from July 26 through Aug. 3. The horse show will be at Mountain Valley Ranch, 842 Highway 78, Sunday, July 27, at 2 p.m.

CHP closes Wildcat Canyon Road near Barona this morning for accident investigation

Friday, July 25—Wildcat Canyon Road will be closed at Founder’s Way, near Barona Resort and Casino, from 9 to 11 a.m. today for the investigation of the motorcycle fatality that occurred July 18, California Highway Patrol reported.

James Gansch, 39, of Ramona, was killed last Friday when his motorcycle collided with a BMW sedan around 9:25 p.m. on Wildcat Canyon Road, according to the county Medical Examiner’s office.

Teenager dies after suffering heat-related illness hiking Three Sisters Falls

Update, Thursday, July 24—The County Medical Examiner’s Office has identified the 18-year-old female who died after hiking at Three Sisters Falls in Julian on July 22 as Yasmen Vidales of San Diego.

According to the medical examiner the cause of death was heatstroke due to environmental exposure. The report states that Vidales was hiking with a friend but they ran out of water and upon returning to the car area on Boulder Creek Road, she became unresponsive. Paramedics arrived after 911 was called and Vidales was airlifted to Sharp Grossmont emergency department where despite aggressive attempts at resuscitation, she was pronounced dead at 6:36 p.m., stated the

Ramona father of two killed in motorcycle accident

A 39-year-old Ramona man died Friday night, July 18, when his motorcycle collided with a car near Barona Resort & Casino, according to authorities.

James Oliver Gansch, a married father of two, was actively involved in the Ramona community and was a huge supporter of Ramona football, according to information posted on a fundraising account website page established by friends of the family.

Deputies find marijuana greenhouse during search of Julian home

Deputies conducting a search at a home in rural Julian today found a greenhouse containing about 220 marijuana plants.
The deputies made the discovery in the 3400 block of Slumbering Oaks Trail about 12:30 p.m., according to San Diego County Sheriff’s Department officials.
No residents or property owners were at the address at the time of the search, Sgt. Tom Poulin said. The investigation was ongoing, he said.

SigAlert canceled for SR-78 at Horizon View

Monday, 4:17 p.m.—CHP reports that the Sig Alert has been canceled for state Route 78 west of Horizon View where an accident occurred.

Monday, 4 p.m. —A Sig Alert has been issued on state Route 78 at Horizon View due to a traffic collision with a major injury, reports California Highway Patrol.

Both lanes on SR-78 are blocked, states the CHP website. The Sig Alert is estimated to last until around 4:45 p.m.

San Diego County invites public to MSCP workshop

The county will conduct its Multiple Species Conservation Program (MSCP) Annual Report Workshop at 9 a.m., Tuesday, July 22, at its operations center, 5520 Overland Ave., San Diego.

Residents are invited to learn about regional habitat conservation accomplishments and goals, according to the county. Local jurisdictions and state and federal agencies will give an update on lands preserved for the approved MSCP and on MSCP projects completed in 2013 in the southwest portion of the count

Trash truck hits tree branch, triggering Mussey Grade Road closure

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A trash truck collided with a large oak tree branch leaning over Mussey Grade Road this afternoon, causing the roadway to be covered with branches and limbs and impassable until the county can clear it.

The collision occurred around 2:30 p.m. just past Dos Picos Park Road.

JoBeth Lytle, road supervisor for the county’s Ramona road station, estimated the road won’t be cleared for traffic until about 6:30 p.m.

Water authority dedicates higher San Vicente Dam

San Diego County Water Authority dedicated its new higher dam at the San Vicente Reservoir Thursday morning.
The three-year, $416 million construction project to raise the San Vicente Dam by 117 feet was essentially completed in June, water authority spokesman Mike Lee said. The dam is now 337 feet high.
The water authority also constructed a surge tank, a pump station and 11 miles of large-diameter pipeline, which together cost another $400 million or so, according to Lee.
The extra water in the reservoir will be able to supply 300,000 homes annually. It will also give the county extra water in case of emergency.
The water authority expects it to take between two and five years to refill the reservoir to its new level, depending on rainfall, the availability of imported water and local demand. The body of water will remain closed to recreational use until it reaches the level of a new boat ramp.

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