Category archives for: Backcountry

Firefighters extinguish 3-acre brush fire in Lakeside and three smaller fires between Lakeside and Santee

As firefighters mopped up a three-acre fire that briefly closed Route 67 north of Lakeside Sunday, three more small fires popped up between Lakeside and Santee.

Smoke from the first of the fires was spotted in the 13900 block of state Route 67, near Sycamore Park Drive, shortly before 1 p.m., according to the Lakeside Fire Protection District and the California Highway Patrol.

Supervisors consider tiered system for regulating beekeeping

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San Diego County Board of Supervisors asked staffers to come up with a tiered system to regulate beekeeping in unincorporated areas, instead of moving forward with any of the three options presented today.

The supervisors, who proposed easing the regulations last October, declined to cut the current 600-foot setback requirement between bee hives and dwellings by half, by two-thirds or down to 15 feet — similar to the City of San Diego’s rules and the favorite of several beekeepers in the audience.

Sheriff’s Reports: Driver charged with DUI, vandalism after doing ‘doughnuts’ in parking lot

A 54-year-old man was arrested around 11:30 p.m. Saturday, May 17, after trying to drive “doughnuts” in the parking lot of Cheers, 2475 Main St., and causing damage to several vehicles, according to the sheriff’s Ramona station.

Lt. Hank Turner said the vehicle maneuvers threw rocks and cracked windshields of four vehicles. When deputies arrived, the driver took off at a high rate of speed but pulled over for law enforcement and was charged

Man suspected of shooting his father on Los Coyotes Indian Reservation faces attempted murder charge

A man suspected of shooting his father on Los Coyotes Indian Reservation over the weekend was in custody Tuesday, facing an attempted murder charge.
Phillip Lonewolf Campbell, 35, opened fire on his father about 4:30 p.m. Sunday, then ran off into into hilly terrain in the area of Hot Springs Mountain, according to the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department.
The victim was admitted to a hospital, but his condition and prognosis were not released by sheriff’s officials.
Investigators have not disclosed a suspected motive for the shooting.
On Monday, tribal police detained Campbell at a residence on the Warner Springs-area reservation. He was held at the residence in the 32000 block of Camino Moro until deputies arrived to take him into custody on suspicion of attempted murder, sheriff’s officials said.
Campbell was booked into the Vista jail Monday night and could be arraigned as early as Wednesday afternoon, according to jail records.

Proximity to fire limits some hospital services today

Thursday, May 15—Services at some North County hospitals will be limited today because of their proximity to a fire that has burned about 700 acres south of state Route 78 in San Marcos and damaged or destroyed several buildings.
All elective surgeries today at Palomar Medical Center, 2185 Citracado Parkway in Escondido, were canceled, although the hospital and emergency room are scheduled to remain in operation, according to hospital officials. Inpatient surgeries will continue as scheduled, or as needed.
Elective surgeries were canceled at the Palomar Health Downtown Campus at 555 East Valley Parkway in Escondido. Hospital officials said all emergency services would remain operational and inpatient surgeries would also continue as scheduled, or as needed.
All hospital and emergency services are fully operational at Pomerado Hospital at 15615 Pomerado Road in Poway.
Kaiser Permanente’s San Marcos Medical Offices, 400 Craven Road, is scheduled to be closed until this afternoon. Kaiser officials said representatives would contact those with appointments to reschedule.
Kaiser Permanente members can get updates on closures, appointments and schedules by calling 619-662-5656.

Wednesday power outages affect nearly 3,400

Update, 11:20 a.m. — SDG&E estimates power will be restored for nearly 3,000 customers by 5 p.m. today. Those customers, residential and business, are in portions eastern, southern, and western Ramona, Ramona’s town center, Highland Valley,Iron Mountain and Barona. The weather has caused a problem in the electric system, states the utility on its website.

Wednesday, May 14, 9:50 a.m. — For the second day in a row, San Diego Gas & Electric is reporting power outages throughout Ramona with one, affecting 377 customers, “initiated to protect public safety,”

Power outages affect thousands with winds gusting to 40 mph


Weather-related power outages affected 6,200 customers in the Ramona area on Tuesday, according to San Diego Gas & Electric, but the community avoided wind-whipped fires affecting other portions of the county.

The outages began at 2 a.m. in some sections of town. Around 10 a.m. customers in Highland Valley, and portions of town center and southern, eastern and western Ramona lost power. For most customers, power was restored between 1 and 2 p.m., said SDG&E.

Register by May 19 for June 3 primary election

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San Diego County residents have one more week to register to vote in the June 3 primary election, Registrar of Voters Michael Vu said Monday.
“If you’ve moved recently or changed your name, you’ll need to fill out a new registration form,” Vu said. “If you go online, the process is quick, easy and convenient.”
The online form at is provided in English, Spanish, Filipino, Vietnamese and Chinese.
If the applicant’s signature is confirmed through Department of Motor Vehicles records, it will automatically be sent to the registrar. If the signature is not confirmed, the voter will be instructed to print the form, sign it and mail it to the registrar.
For voters without access to a computer, the forms are also available at the Registrar of Voters office, U.S. Post Offices, city clerk offices, public libraries and Department of Motor Vehicles offices.
All forms must be postmarked or delivered to the registrar of voters no later than midnight on May 19.
The deadline to apply for a mail ballot is May 27, according to Vu.
The primary election includes races for governor and other statewide offices; a congressional campaign between Rep. Scott Peters, D-San Diego, former City Councilman Carl DeMaio, businessman Kirk Jorgensen and surgeon Dr. Fred Simon Jr.; a battle for county supervisor between incumbent Bill Horn and Oceanside Mayor Jim Wood; a challenge to District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis from lawyer Robert Brewer and ex-prosecutor Terri Wyatt; and council races in several San Diego County cities.

Hot, windy spell prompts wildfire alert

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Dry, hot and windy conditions this week add up to increased fire danger, authorities warn.

High-pressure systems will strengthen along the West Coast through Thursday, bringing much warmer daytime temperatures, along with low humidity levels and strong air currents from the east and northeast, according to the National Weather Service.

Officials call for critical fire weather starting 6 Sunday morning

Strong, gusty winds developed today in parts of San Diego County and combined with hot, dry conditions were expected to up the risk for wildfires.

A National Weather Service high wind warning for San Diego County’s mountains and deserts was scheduled to extend until midnight. Then, a Red Flag Warning for mountains and inland valleys was scheduled to take effect at 6 a.m. Sunday.