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Fire destroys storage building on Starvation Mountain Road

Fire destroyed an agricultural storage building on Starvation Mountain Road near Highland Valley Road Wednesday afternoon, according to officials.
The 500-square-foot wood frame building with corrugated aluminum siding in the 19000 block of Starvation Mountain Road was packed with personal items, said Cal Fire/Ramona Fire Department Battalion Chief Burke Kremensky. He did not have a damage estimate as of Thursday.
Responding to the call, which came at 2:15 p.m., were Ramona Fire Department, Cal Fire, San Diego County Fire Authority and San Pasqual and Lakeside fire departments.
Although there was access to the location, Kremensky said, “Water was a concern. We ended up ordering up three water tenders.”
Those tenders came from Lakeside, San Pasqual and San Diego County Fire Authority.
The cause is under investigation.
According to Kremensky, the homeowners were home and said they heard what sounded like an explosion.
“We couldn’t determine a cause because the building had so much storage,” he said.
San Diego Gas & Electric also responded to secure the building’s power. Firefighters left the scene about 7 p.m., said Kremensky.

Volunteers, deputies join forces to take back Santa Maria Creek


Volunteers and sheriff’s deputies are among those joining forces to clean up the Santa Maria Creek bed.

Crissy Tobiason, who is heading up the volunteer effort, has created a tentative schedule to begin phase 1 of the creek bed cleanup — from Seventh to 10th streets — in late September, after nesting and raptor seasons end.San

Sheriff’s reports: Jewelry, two pistols stolen from Mussey Grade home

Two pistols and approximately $1,800 worth of jewelry were reported stolen March 12 in a residential burglary in the 15600 block of Mussey Grade Road, according to the sheriff’s Ramona substation.

Among other reports filed at the Ramona station:

Ramona woman dies in Wildcat Canyon Road head-on


The passenger of a car hit head-on in the Barona Ranch Indian Reservation suffered fatal injuries, the California Highway Patrol reported today.
A southbound 2007 Ford Expedition crossed the parallel yellow lines at 15050 Wildcat Canyon Road at 6:39 p.m. Saturday and struck a northbound car head-on, according to the CHP.
Media reports indicated the Expedition was a Barona Tribal Enforcement vehicle.
The passenger was transported to a hospital and was pronounced dead. The driver of the Expedition was also treated at a hospital with cuts to his right arm, the CHP said.
Drugs and alcohol were not believed to be a factor, the CHP said.

Ramona woman taken to hospital with life-threatening injuries after head-on collision on Wildcat Canyon Road


A Ramona woman involved in a head-on collision on Wildcat Canyon Road was taken to Sharp Memorial Hospital with life threatening injuries Saturday evening, reports Cal Fire Capt. Robert Ramirez with the Ramona Fire Department.

The woman, whose name was not released, was the passenger in a vehicle that was northbound toward Ramona when a Barona Tribal Law Enforcement vehicle crossed into its path, Ramirez reported. The male driver in the vehicle headed toward Ramona suffered moderate injuries, including a possible fractured leg, and arm, hip and facial injuries.

Forest service officials estimate Gun fire will be contained by 8 tonight


Firefighters said today they expect to have a brush fire that scorched about 125 acres east of Pine Valley fully contained tonight.

No injuries or structure damage have been reported as a result of the fire, which was dubbed the Gun Fire because of its proximity to a hunting club.

Daylight saving time: Turn clocks ahead one hour


The weekend is going to be an hour shorter than usual, thanks to the beginning of daylight saving time at 2 a.m. Sunday. Before going to bed tonight, remember to turn your clocks ahead one hour. Firefighters encourage people to use the time change as a reminder to check smoke alarms and replace the batteries [...]

Firefighters to work through night on brush fire east of Pine Valley

About 200 firefighters planned to work through the night to contain a brush fire that blackened 75 to 100 acres east of Pine Valley and prompted the temporary closure of a stretch of Interstate 8 in East County, authorities said.

The fire was reported to the California Highway Patrol shortly after 12:30 p.m. by callers on westbound Interstate 8 approaching Pine Valley, who said the smoke appeared to be from a fire about two miles north of Sunrise Highway.

Four-vehicle accident blocks lanes at SR-67 and Archie Moore Road

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Friday, March 7, 4:45 p.m. — California Highway Patrol has issued a SigAlert at state Route 67 and Archie Moore Road due to an accident involving four vehicles. According to CHP, the No. 1 northbound lane on Route 67 and left turn lane to Archie Moore are blocked.

The accident occurred around 4:40 p.m. and CHP also reported a fire at the scene.

Three injured in campfire blast in desert

A man and two teenage boys suffered burns today in an explosion during a school field trip to a desert campground, authorities reported.

The blast in the 200 block of Palm Canyon Drive in Borrego Springs happened shortly after 9 a.m., apparently when flammable fumes wafted into a campfire, according to Cal Fire.