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Fire closes Mission Trails Regional Park till Tuesday

Sunday, July 13—One firefighter suffered heat-related injuries today while fighting a brush fire in Mission Trails Regional Park that consumed nearly 100 acres before being largely contained, a fire official said.

Smoke from the fire is visible and the smell of smoke is evident in portions of Ramona, primarily San Diego Country Estates.

A total of 18 firefighting ground crews, four helicopters and two fixed-wing aircraft were battling the blaze that was reported about 2:15 p.m. near the park’s visitor center along Father Junipero Serra Trail.

“Ground crews worked on the fire — which was on the side of Kwaay Paay

Mountain — in very difficult terrain that was hard to reach,” San Diego Fire-Rescue spokesman Lee Swanson said.

The fast-moving blaze was about 70 percent contained at 5:15 p.m., he said.

Because of high temperatures, there were fewer hikers in the park than on a normal Sunday. All of them were successfully alerted and evacuated after the fire began, Swanson said.

The extent of the injuries to the firefighter was not known.

Authorities said fire crews will remain overnight performing mop-up operations on the remnants of the blaze.

Mission Trails Regional Park in San Diego will be closed to visitors Monday and will reopen on Tuesday, Swanson said.

Food and Clothes Closet partners with county to reduce food waste

With the help of Ramona Food and Clothes Closet, Ramona is a pilot study for the county’s “Take a Bite out of Waste” program to reduce the amount of edible food that goes into landfills.

By businesses donating produce and other food that is still edible but has exceeded its shelf life to be distributed to families in need, the program becomes a win for residents, businesses — who can save money on disposal costs — and the environment, said a consultant working with the county on the project.

Traffic flowing again at SR-78 and Ramona Trails after vehicle rollover

Update, Friday, 4 p.m.—CHP is no longer conducting traffic control at SR-78 and Ramona Trails Drive following a vehicle rollover that occurred around 2:40 p.m.

Ramona 4-H, FFA win big at San Diego County fair

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Ramona 4-H and Future Farmers of America members once again returned from San Diego County Fair with top awards. Among them are Kaylin vanTol, Christopher Wier, Brenna Alvarez, Jazmine Zwicker and Carney Flinn.

After two years of earning supreme reserve champion designation at the San Diego County Fair for a veal calf she raised, Kaylin vanTol settled for reserve champion dairy calf at the 2014 San Diego County Fair.

July 4 Parade in Country Estates

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Residents and visitors line both sides of the street to watch the annual Independence Day Parade staged by San Diego Country Estates. This year’s event featured 34 entries ranging from young Boy and Girl Scouts to members of the sheriff’s Volunteer Mounted Patrol.

County budget includes money for chamber, murals, museum

San Diego County’s 2014-15 budget includes Community Enhancement money for Ramona Chamber of Commerce, Ramona H.E.A.R.T. Mural Project and Ramona Pioneer Historical Society.

The money, which totals $85,000, comes from the Transient Occupancy Tax revenue the county charges hotels, motels and other temporary lodging establishments in the unincorporated part of the county.

Friends of Ramona Skatepark launches photo contest on Facebook

In an effort to generate and organize community support for a skatepark, Friends of the Ramona Skatepark is spearheading a promotional campaign that starts with the Summer Skater Photo Contest.

The photo contest on Facebook at www.facebook.com/RamonaSkatepark encourages Ramona skaters to submit photos of their best tricks for a chance to win prizes. Skaters may enter one photo per day through Aug. 23 on the Facebook entry page.

Officials suspect juvenile of setting Cocos fire

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A wildfire than blackened nearly 2,000 acres and destroyed 40 structures in and around San Marcos two months ago was intentionally ignited, sheriff’s officials announced today.

A juvenile suspected of igniting the so-called Cocos fire on the afternoon of May 14 has been tracked down but will not be publicly identified because the alleged arsonist is underage.

County plans to lease a fire-attack helicopter for two months this fall

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County officials plan to lease a fire-attack helicopter this fall to respond to wildfires. The contract guarantees exclusive use of the aircraft for two months.

“This will significantly bolster our immediate response capabilities during the weeks when we typically see our strongest Santa Ana wind events,” Holly Crawford, county emergency services director, told the San Diego County Board of Supervisors as it voted yesterday to terminate an emergency declaration it enacted during the May wildfires.

Ramona Junior Fair pie auction, Book Time with Ronald McDonald and free movie in the park among week’s happenings

Look for mouth-watering pies, cookies, cakes, brownies and more at the Ramona Junior Fair Barbecue and Pie Auction on Saturday. Among other events this week are Book Time with Ronald McDonald, a free summer movie in the park and open swims at the community pool.

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