Smoke may be visible in the East County today as firefighters conduct a controlled burn in Jamul, a battalion chief said.
The controlled burn is scheduled from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. along Highway 94 near Rancho Jamul Drive, according to Cal Fire Battalion Chief Nick Schuler.
The cause of a 15-acre wildfire that burned on both sides of Wildcat Canyon road north of Barona Casino in Lakeside Monday afternoon was still under investigation on Tuesday, reported Cal Fire.
Nick Schuler, Cal Fire battalion chief, said a rumor was circulating that the fire started at a shooting range on the reservation. Firefighters from multiple agencies, along with a helicopter and air tanker, responded to the brush fire that was reported around 3:15 p.m. The fire was contained at 15 acres and by 4:50 p.m. some engines were released.
Ramona teachers have given their union leadership permission to call for a strike “when and if it becomes necessary.”
With 99 percent of Ramona’s nearly 250 teachers voting, Ramona Teachers Association received more than 75 percent yes votes last Tuesday and Wednesday, the union reported.
“Ramona teachers do not want to strike, but we are not willing to accept the district’s unfair, unreasonable imposition,” RTA President Donna Braye-Romero said. “…If all other efforts fail, we now have the unity and support to strike as a final option.”
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Update, 4:50 p.m.—Some engines are being released from the scene as firefighters work to contain the fire. According to scanner conversation, the brush fire includes 10 to 12 acres on the north side of Wildcat Canyon Road and 2 acres on the south side.
Monday, May 13, 3:27 p.m.—Firefighters are responding to a five-acre brush fire reported about 3:15 p.m. Monday off Wildcat Canyon and Barona roads.
According to rural fire’s scanner, the fire is near the 4.7 mile marker. Air and ground support has been ordered.
Anyone with information about the fire is asked to call the Sentinel at 760-789-1350, extension 109.
The Ramona High School athletic physicals night, originally scheduled for May 29, has been changed to Wednesday, May 15, from 6 to 8 p.m. in the RHS gym, 1401 Hanson Lane.
All student/athletes, spirit squad members, and Navy Junior Reserve Officers Training Corps (NJROTC) cadets who
One person was hospitalized and several structures and cars were burned in a brush fire near Interstate 8 that started about noon Sunday and was contained an hour later, a Heartland fire dispatcher said.
“One person with burns was taken to UC San Diego Hospital for treatment,” the dispatcher said.
Several air tankers and two strike teams were dispatched to fight the vegetation fire near a mobile home park at 12428 Olde Highway 80, east of Los Coches Road in Lakeside.
The CHP said Olde Highway 80 was closed near Los Coches Road, but nearby Interstate 8 was open to traffic,
Like a flash they came — and went — through Ramona today.
People lined Main Street in pockets, with most across from Town Hall in the 700 block of Main, where the theme from “Chariots of Fire” played from a loudspeaker.
Three Ramona men have pleaded guilty to felony cultivation of marijuana in connection with an indoor growing site where sheriff’s deputies found 120 marijuana plants on Feb. 22.
The apparent ringleader, Joshua Bennett Day, 27, wrote on a court document: “I planted, cultivated, harvested, dried, and processed marijuana.”
The eight-day, nearly 750-mile Tour of California, the nation’s largest cycling event, begins today with a 102.6-mile stage beginning and ending in Escondido and including more than 11,000 feet of climbing.
The stage is set to begin at 11:15 a.m. at Broadway and Grand Avenue, heading on winding state Route 78 to Ramona and Santa Ysabel before a climb up Palomar Mountain and a return to Escondido.
A ground squirrel that tested positive for plague on Palomar Mountain has led county health officials to warn campers and hikers to take precautions.
“The big thing is to avoid contact with squirrels and the fleas,” Department of Environmental Health director Jack Miller said.
“Campers should set up tents away from squirrel burrows, and hikers and campers should never feed squirrels and warn their children not to play with squirrels.’’