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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.

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.

Banner Fire is 100 percent contained, reports Cal Fire

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The Banner Fire was 100 percent contained today, with a total of two houses and 217 acres burned, firefighters announced.

Toddler found in pool airlifted to hospital

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A 3-year-old drowning victim had a pulse and was breathing on his own but was unresponsive when he was transported by air to Rady Children’s Hospital this afternoon, Cal Fire Capt. Bert Ramirez with the Ramona Fire Department reports.

Ramona Fire Department and sheriff’s deputies responded to a report of a 3-year-old male drowning in a swimming pool at a residence in San Diego Country Estates today at 4:24 p.m., said Ramirez.

Julian cancels July 4 Parade

Due to the Banner fire in the Julian area today, Julian Chamber of Commerce has canceled the town’s annual 4th of July Parade.

The decision came as a result of numerous road closures and evacuations and with the advice of California Highway Patrol, the chamber reports.

Crime Stoppers offers reward to locate Ramona fugitive

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San Diego County Crime Stoppers and San Diego County Sheriff’s Department’s Fugitive Task Force are looking for Dean Mostad, wanted for willful discharging of a firearm in a grossly negligent manner from his Ramona residence.
According to the sheriff’s department, Mostad is a 59-year-old 6-foot, 6-inch tall, 225-pound white male. He has red/auburn hair and blue eyes, said the report.
Mostad is suspected of firing several rounds from his handgun while inside his Ramona home, the sheriff’s department said. A $500,000 bail felony warrant was issued on April 13.
Anyone with information on the location of the suspect should call the Crime Stoppers anonymous tip line at 888-580-8477.
Crime Stoppers is offering up to a $1,000 reward to anyone with information that leads to an arrest in this case. Anonymous email and text messages can be sent via www.sdcrimestoppers.org.

Authorities identify body found on Chablis Road as Carl Salayer, 67

The decomposing body found east of the Mount Woodson Golf Club on Wednesday was that of a 67-year-old Alzheimer’s patient who went missing in the area more than a week earlier, authorities said today.
Carl Lee Salayer was last seen June 16 when he went to bed at his home in the 17000 block of Handlebar Road near Highland Valley Road, according to the sheriff’s department and the county Medical Examiner’s Office. He apparently left between 2:30 and 6:30 a.m. the following day and was reported missing, according to sheriff’s officials.
Authorities considered Salayer’s disappearance to be critical due to his physical condition — he required medicine and had a feeding tube — and searched the area for several days.
Deputies responding to a report of a foul odor in a heavily vegetated field in the 18000 block of Chablis Road near Whirlwind Lane found Salayer’s body shortly before 3 p.m. Wednesday, according to the sheriff’s department and the county Medical Examiner’s Office.
Officials with the Medical Examiner’s Office have conducted an autopsy, but have listed Salayer’s cause of death as “pending,” meaning that determination of the cause and/or manner of his death is contingent upon toxicological or other tests or a further investigation into the circumstances surrounding his death, authorities said.

Ramona crime reports: Social host party results in five arrests

A social host party in the 22300 block of Casa de Carol Road Friday night, June 20, resulted in several arrests, including minors, according to the sheriff’s Ramona station.

Arrested were four males, ages 22, 21 and 18, on charges of drunk in public. An 18-year-old female was arrested for drunk in public and obstruct/resist peace officer/emergency medical technician.

High court says police need warrants to search smartphones

Wednesday, June 25—American Civil Liberties Union’s national legal director called today’s U.S. Supreme Court ruling that police must get a search warrant before searching the contents of smartphones seized from arrestees revolutionary. The ruling stems from a 2009 case in which a San Diego police officer seized reputed gang member David Riley’s cellphone and found [...]

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