Category archives for: Backcountry

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.

Cleveland National Forest to tighten fire restrictions

Due to high temperatures and dry vegetation in the eastern reaches of San Diego County, fire restrictions in Cleveland National Forest will increase to an elevated level, effective 6 a.m. Friday, forestry officials announced.
Under the stricter rules, wood or charcoal fires are allowed only in designated areas, and smoking is prohibited except inside vehicles or buildings or within a developed recreation site.
The restrictions also require spark arrestors on off-highway vehicles, chainsaws and other equipment with internal-combustion engines, and mandate special-use permits for welding, grinding, cutting, use of explosives and similar activities.
Fireworks are never allowed on state lands.
The fire-danger rating system takes into account such factors as foliage conditions and expected weather effects on fuels to establish the likelihood of a fire starting within a given 24-hour period.
“The public needs to be extremely careful when recreating within the forest during periods of high, very high and extreme fire danger,” said Carlton Joseph, fire chief for Cleveland National Forest.

Proposed changes affect homestays, farmers’ markets, microbreweries

Proposed amendments to the county’s zoning ordinance that include changes related to agricultural areas are available for public review and comments until Aug. 11.

County Planning and Development Services released the California Environmental Quality Act public review of the zoning ordinance on June 26. It is available at www.sdcounty.ca.gov/pds/ceqa_public_review.html and in Ramona Library, 1275 Main St.

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