Thursday, Jan. 16—A red flag wildfire warning was in effect today in the region’s valleys and mountains for a fourth consecutive day due to lingering heat, high winds and dry air.
The National Weather Service alert, set to expire at 6 p.m. Friday, advises the public to be mindful of critical combustion hazards in the subject areas.
The warning, issued Monday and initially set to expire on Wednesday evening, has been extended twice.
The forecast called for sustained winds up to 30 mph out of the northeast and gusts up to 60 mph, coupled with daytime humidity levels as low as 5 percent.
The arid, unseasonably warm conditions were expected to persist into the weekend, coupled with weakening winds, forecasters said.
Cleveland National Forest officials have sent seven engines — two single engines and a strike team of five engines and a strike team leader — to support the Colby Fire that started on the Angeles National Forest at approximately 5:50 this morning.
The fire is burning near Morris Reservoir north of Glendora and as of 9 a.m. had charred 125 acres, according to Cal Fire.
The forest service may send additional personnel to the Colby Fire but said it will continue to maintain adequate coverage in the event that any fires occur on the forest. The Cleveland National Forest abuts the eastern edge of Ramona.
The sheriff’s Ramona substation arrested three men around 10 a.m. Jan. 8 at Highland Valley Court and Highland Valley Road in connection with grand theft of AT&T property valued at $10,000, according to reports.
The men, ages 31, 32 and 44, are suspected of grand theft of stolen copper materials, damage to power connecting lines, and conspiracy to commit crime, the report stated.
Update, Monday, 12:15 p.m. — Both lanes of State Route 78, 1-1/2 miles east of State Route 79, are open following an accident at 10:49 a.m. involving an overturned pickup truck and minor injuries, according to California Highway Patrol.
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Gov. Jerry Brown said today in San Diego that California’s finances are healthy, but long-term liabilities require a prudent state budget in the upcoming fiscal year.
Brown spoke at a news conference on the day he released his $155 billion proposed budget for 2014-15. He introduced his spending plan in Sacramento and also was going to speak in Los Angeles.
San Diego County Board of Supervisors tentatively agreed to amend the county’s zoning ordinance and sections of the county code to allow community and special event signs and banners along county rights of way in unincorporated areas.
The flags currently are banned, but community groups have been asking for the prohibition to be repealed so they can promote their neighborhoods.
The $1 billion water desalination plant being built in Carlsbad is 25 percent complete after one year of construction, and is on time and within budget, area water officials said Wednesday.
When complete in 2016, the plant will be the largest of its kind in the western hemisphere, converting enough ocean water into drinking water for 112,000 households annually, according to Poseidon Water, the project developer.
San Diego County Board of Supervisors today selected Supervisor Dianne Jacob as its chairwoman for a fifth time since being appointed in 1992.
“I plan to outline several initiatives that I believe will help serve as a roadmap in 2014,” Jacobs said, “We face an exciting and challenging year on several fronts
The flu rate in San Diego County is up about 150 percent compared to last flu season, and infections might be peaking early, the county Health and Human Services Agency reported today.
Since July 1, 357 flu cases have been reported to the county agency, compared to 216 during the same period the previous year.
An earthquake with a magnitude of 3.3 rocked the deserts of East County at 10:33 a.m. Monday.
The epicenter was 9 miles north of Borrego Springs, near the Riverside County line and about 18 miles south of La Quinta.
Sheriff’s dispatchers confirmed that there were no damage reports. The quake was felt as far away as Ramona by some people, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.