Category archives for: Backcountry

Health officials reports first cases of EV-D68 in county

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Three San Diego County children were among the first four cases of enterovirus D68 (EV-D68) respiratory infection confirmed in California this year, California Department of Health and the San Diego County Health and Human Services Agency announced today.

Emergency crews respond to report of fire on East Old Julian Highway

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Wednesday, Sept. 17, Update, 3:45 p.m.—Firefighters have extinguished the brush fire, reports Karen Brainard with the Sentinel.

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.

Water board moves forward on projects directors say will benefit Country Estates

More recycled water and increased storage at Fire Station 81 were two items approved by the water board that directors said will benefit San Diego Country Estates residents.

Ramona Municipal Water District directors voted 3-0 Sept. 9 to authorize the district’s general manager to execute a contract with Enaqua for a third reverse osmosis (RO) unit at the San Vicente wastewater treatment plant to generate more recycled water. Voting were directors George Foote, whose Division 5 covers a portion of the Estates, Joe Zenovic and board president Darrell Beck. Director Rex Schildhouse, representing Division 3, which

CHP issues SigAlert for San Vicente Road near Deviney Lane

Tuesday, Sept. 16, 4:30 p.m.—Two vehicles were involved in a collision on San Vicente Road near Deviney Lane, around 4:20 p.m., California Highway Patrol reports, and both lanes are blocked. The two vehicles — a white sedan and a silver SUV — have major front end damage and will need tow trucks, state the CHP website.

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.

County to preserve ‘Cedar Dog’ on San Vicente Road; requests removal of memorials before road construction starts

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The approximately 200 residents attending a public meeting Monday on the San Vicente Road construction project learned ways in which the construction team will notify and update residents on aspects of the project, plans for traffic control and, to the applause of many, that the tree known as the Cedar Dog will remain in place.

County staff also asked that those who have placed memorials honoring loved ones killed in accidents on San Vicente Road remove their items before the road improvement construction starts on Sept. 15.

Forecasters predict thunderstorms, flash flooding in mountains, desert today

Thunderstorms capable of producing heavy rain and flash flooding are expected in San Diego County’s mountains and deserts again today, as are strong rip currents and elevated surf along the coastline, forecasters said.

A National Weather Service flash flood watch will remain in effect through this evening in the mountains and deserts, as a deep monsoonal flow in the atmosphere draws moisture from the subtropics north through Southern California.

Pilot suffers moderate injuries when small airplane crashes near Warner Springs Gliderport

A small airplane used to tow gliders into the air crashed near the Warner Springs Gliderport today, and one person was flown by helicopter to a hospital with moderate injuries.

The small “tow plane” crashed about 12:15 p.m. today southwest of the Warner Springs Gliderport, which is at 31930 State Route 79 in Warner Springs in northeast San Diego County, Cal Fire Capt. Kendal Bortisser said.

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