As firefighters mopped up a three-acre fire that briefly closed Route 67 north of Lakeside Sunday, three more small fires popped up between Lakeside and Santee.
Smoke from the first of the fires was spotted in the 13900 block of state Route 67, near Sycamore Park Drive, shortly before 1 p.m., according to the Lakeside Fire Protection District and the California Highway Patrol.
Ramonans scrambled as 10 wildfires fueled by drought, heat and Santa Ana winds raged through North County last week causing power outages, blowing smoke and ash into town, and closing schools for two days.
Residents, fearing fire would spread to or start in Ramona, cleared grocery shelves of water and other emergency supplies and lined up at gas stations to fill their vehicles. Concern that an arsonist had set the blazes had the region on high alert as the governor declared a state of emergency in the county.
A 54-year-old man was arrested around 11:30 p.m. Saturday, May 17, after trying to drive “doughnuts” in the parking lot of Cheers, 2475 Main St., and causing damage to several vehicles, according to the sheriff’s Ramona station.
Lt. Hank Turner said the vehicle maneuvers threw rocks and cracked windshields of four vehicles. When deputies arrived, the driver took off at a high rate of speed but pulled over for law enforcement and was charged
A man suspected of shooting his father on Los Coyotes Indian Reservation over the weekend was in custody Tuesday, facing an attempted murder charge.
Phillip Lonewolf Campbell, 35, opened fire on his father about 4:30 p.m. Sunday, then ran off into into hilly terrain in the area of Hot Springs Mountain, according to the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department.
The victim was admitted to a hospital, but his condition and prognosis were not released by sheriff’s officials.
Investigators have not disclosed a suspected motive for the shooting.
On Monday, tribal police detained Campbell at a residence on the Warner Springs-area reservation. He was held at the residence in the 32000 block of Camino Moro until deputies arrived to take him into custody on suspicion of attempted murder, sheriff’s officials said.
Campbell was booked into the Vista jail Monday night and could be arraigned as early as Wednesday afternoon, according to jail records.
The 400-acre Poinsettia fire that destroyed or damaged dozens of homes and businesses in Carlsbad and possibly killed a transient was 100 percent contained this morning, authorities said.
The fire broke out for unknown reasons near Poinsettia Lane and Alicante Road about 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, according to Cal Fire. Thousands of residents were evacuated as the blaze grew, but as of Thursday night all evacuation orders were lifted.
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Due to the changing weather conditions and the smoke coming up the hill from the Harmony Grove fire in Escondido, all Ramona schools and offices will be closed on Friday, May 16, school district officials report.
According to the report:
“With worsening conditions, there are simply too many challenges involving staffing, electricity, water, increasing evacuations in neighboring communities, and recommendations from public safety agencies to gamble with student safety. As stated earlier, all high school athletic practices and games as well as all other school activities will be postponed.
San Diego County Sheriff’s Department has issued additional evacuation orders because of the Cocos fire burning in Harmony Grove and Del Dios Area, the county reports.
The calls went to 5,400 contacts, including homes, businesses and cell phones, a little after 3 p.m.
The notification followed earlier nearby evacuations by the sheriff and Escondido police.
Residents can evacuate to Mission Hills High School at 1 Mission Hills Court or Escondido High School at 1535 North Broadway. Residents with pets can go to Escondido High School, where County Animal Services is sending support to the shelter.
Caltrans says off-ramps from eastbound Highway 78 are closed at San Marcos Boulevard, Twin Oaks Valley Road., Barham Drive and Nordahl Road because of the fire.
For additional information, call the San Diego County Information Line at 2-1-1 or visit www.SDCountyEmergency.com.
People are sheltering in place at Palomar Medical Center, which is within a new evacuation zone prompted by the Cocos fire, according to a hospital spokeswoman.
Palomar Health officials are working with authorities and monitoring the situation, but are not evacuating.
UPDATE: The officials talked with the person and determined he had nothing to do with any of the fires, the Escondido police chief said at a news conference this afternoon.
Officials welcome tips of any suspicious activity.
Crews are working to extinguish a new fire on the grounds of Camp Pendleton, near Pulgas Road in the western reaches of the military base, according to the California Highway Patrol.
The blaze reportedly has scorched about 25 open acres.