Category archives for: Sheriff/Fire

Firefighters extinguish late-night blaze that spreads from vehicle to garage

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Fire officials are investigating the cause of a late night fire that started as a vehicle fire and spread to the garage at 2006 Via Rancho Dos Ninas off Dye Road.
No injuries were reported and all of the animals were found safe, reported Cal Fire Capt. Robert Ramirez with the Ramona Fire Department.
Cal Fire/Ramona firefighters responded to the report of a residential structure fire at 10:28 p.m. Saturday. On arrival, they found a vehicle on fire in front of the home. The garage attached to the home that was about three-quarters on fire, reported Ramirez.
Crews concentrated on extinguishing the garage fire to prevent spread into the main part of the house, said Ramirez.
Occupants of the home had evacuated the house before firefighters arrived but reported they had not found all of their four dogs and eight cats. Firefighters searching for the possible extension of fire into the main house located some of the missing pets in the smoke filled home. All pets were found alive and reunited with their owners, according to the report.
Firefighters remained at the scene until 1:30 a.m. Sunday working on salvage and overhaul, noted Ramirez.
The origin of the fire was the vehicle parked in front of the house, but the cause is as yet unknown. Damage estimate was approximately $70,000.

Officials schedule controlled burn in Cuyamaca Rancho State Park

With Cal Fire’s assistance, California State Parks will conduct a burn northwest of Paso Picacho campground in Cuyamaca Rancho State Park Feb. 24, 25 and 26.
Unfavorable weather or other conditions will cause the burn to be rescheduled.
Smoke from the burn is normal and does not need to be reported as fire crews will be onsite, say park officials.
Some residual smoke may be seen throughout the week.
For more information, call 760-767-4037.

Lt. Turner invites public to advisory meeting


Lt. Hank Turner of the sheriff’s Ramona station invites the public to attend his Citizen’s Advisory Group meeting in the sheriff’s station, 1424 Montecito Road, at 10:30 a.m. on Monday, Feb. 24.
The meetings offer an opportunity for dialogue between the Sheriff’s Department and the community on law enforcement concerns, issues and priorities.
For more information, contact Barbara Wallace at 760-738-2425.

Tow trucks respond to Wildcat Canyon Road accident; no injuries reported

Two tow trucks are responding to the scene of a two-truck collision at Wildcat Canyon and San Vicente roads, according to the California Highway Patrol website.

The accident was reported at 5:08 p.m. and, according to the CHP, is near a 25 mph curve in the road. One truck is in the road and one is off the road and 20 feet down, reports CHP, noting no injuries are reported.

The northbound lane will be blocked until the accident scene is cleared.

Training makes area safer for residents, says sheriff’s lieutenant


Lt. Hank Turner of the sheriff’s Ramona station presents a Crime Free Multi-Housing certificate to Mary Meurs, manager of Ramona Village Apartments at Seventh and A streets. The certification allows apartment complexes to evict renters who have been arrested for crimes, making the area safer for residents, said Turner. To achieve the certification, Meurs attended training through the sheriff’s department. Turner said Ramona Village Apartments is the first complex on A Street to receive the certification, adding that he is focusing the program on A and B streets, considered the highest crime area in Ramona.

Fire ravages garage, spares adjoining duplex on Old Julian Highway


Cal Fire/Ramona crews battled a nasty garage fire on Old Julian Highway that sent the odor of smoke wafting through eastern Ramona Sunday evening.

The fire in a two-car attached garage in front of a duplex at 283 W. Old Julian Highway erupted around 6:20 p.m., according to Cal Fire Capt. Kendal Bortisser. Forty minutes later, crews gained the upper hand on the blaze, knocking down the flames with no injuries, he said.

The garage was about 90 percent destroyed, but no one was hurt and no residents were displaced, the fire captain said, noting the cause was under investigation.

Cyclist airlifted to hospital after accident in Country Estates

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A 67-year-old woman visiting from central California was airlifted to Palomar Medical Center after she lost control of the bicycle she was riding and landed face first into a rocky ravine, losing consciousness about a half-mile east of Cope Trail in San Diego Country Estates this afternoon, Cal Fire Capt. Robert Ramirez with the Ramona Fire Department reports.

Single-vehicle accident sends van through fence, onto sewer plant yard

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Emergency crews respond to the scene of a one-vehicle accident in which a minivan drove through a chain-link fence and onto the yard of the Ramona Municipal Water District sewer treatment plant on San Vicente Road about one mile east of Wildcat Canyon Road just before 5 p.m. today.

CHP opens lanes on State Route 67 after small brush fire


CHP has canceled its SigAlert for State Route 67 between Mt. Woodson and Poway roads after firefighters extinguished a small brush fire.

The fire reported at 2:05 p.m. started on the east side of the highway between Ellie and Mt. Woodson roads within the Poway city limits.

Arraignment Aug. 19 for pursuit suspect

A 40-year-old woman was in custody today on suspicion of leading deputies on a brief pursuit in Ramona, ending in her arrest for alleged drug possession, authorities said.
Charlyn Maccini was arrested late Thursday afternoon on suspicion of being under the influence of a controlled substance, misdemeanor evasion and for possession of methamphetamine and hashish oil, according to San Diego County sheriff’s Lt. Hank Turner.
Around 3:30 p.m., a deputy attempted to pull Maccini over at state Route 78 and Olive Street, suspecting she may have been involved in an attempted residential burglary, the lieutenant said in a statement.
Maccini allegedly refused to yield to the deputy, triggering a three-minute pursuit that ended in her arrest in the 2000 block of Pine Street.
“Additional charges are pending,” Turner said without elaboration.