Category archives for: Sheriff/Fire

No fire in Ramona

Ramona Fire Department confirms that there is no fire in Ramona.

Smoke people are seeing likely is from the Cocos fire in the San Marcos area.

Military aircraft joins firefighting effort; San Marcos blaze county’s top priority


Thursday, May 15—A wildfire that has burned more than 800 acres and at least three structures south of state Route 78 near Cal State San Marcos was 5 percent contained today, according to fire authorities, who called the blaze the county’s No. 1 priority. The Cocos fire broke out along Cocos Drive about 3:45 p.m. [...]

Proximity to fire limits some hospital services today

Thursday, May 15—Services at some North County hospitals will be limited today because of their proximity to a fire that has burned about 700 acres south of state Route 78 in San Marcos and damaged or destroyed several buildings.
All elective surgeries today at Palomar Medical Center, 2185 Citracado Parkway in Escondido, were canceled, although the hospital and emergency room are scheduled to remain in operation, according to hospital officials. Inpatient surgeries will continue as scheduled, or as needed.
Elective surgeries were canceled at the Palomar Health Downtown Campus at 555 East Valley Parkway in Escondido. Hospital officials said all emergency services would remain operational and inpatient surgeries would also continue as scheduled, or as needed.
All hospital and emergency services are fully operational at Pomerado Hospital at 15615 Pomerado Road in Poway.
Kaiser Permanente’s San Marcos Medical Offices, 400 Craven Road, is scheduled to be closed until this afternoon. Kaiser officials said representatives would contact those with appointments to reschedule.
Kaiser Permanente members can get updates on closures, appointments and schedules by calling 619-662-5656.

Ramona schools, 28 other districts in county, closed tomorrow, May 15

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Wednesday, May 14—Ramona public schools will be closed Thursday, May 15. It is one of 29 districts in the county that will be closed on Thursday. In a message to parents and staff on Wednesday, Ramona Unified Superintendent Robert Graeff said: “Due to the outbreak of wildfires all across North County from Fallbrook to the [...]

Power outages affect thousands with winds gusting to 40 mph


Weather-related power outages affected 6,200 customers in the Ramona area on Tuesday, according to San Diego Gas & Electric, but the community avoided wind-whipped fires affecting other portions of the county.

The outages began at 2 a.m. in some sections of town. Around 10 a.m. customers in Highland Valley, and portions of town center and southern, eastern and western Ramona lost power. For most customers, power was restored between 1 and 2 p.m., said SDG&E.

Hot, windy spell prompts wildfire alert

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Dry, hot and windy conditions this week add up to increased fire danger, authorities warn.

High-pressure systems will strengthen along the West Coast through Thursday, bringing much warmer daytime temperatures, along with low humidity levels and strong air currents from the east and northeast, according to the National Weather Service.

Officials call for critical fire weather starting 6 Sunday morning

Strong, gusty winds developed today in parts of San Diego County and combined with hot, dry conditions were expected to up the risk for wildfires.

A National Weather Service high wind warning for San Diego County’s mountains and deserts was scheduled to extend until midnight. Then, a Red Flag Warning for mountains and inland valleys was scheduled to take effect at 6 a.m. Sunday.

Thief targets unlocked vehicles in Estates

Five unlocked vehicles in the Estates were targeted by a thief between late Friday night, April 25, and early Saturday morning, April 26, according to the sheriff’s Ramona station.

No information was available before going to press on what items were stolen from the vehicles, but Lt. Hank Turner said the thief only focused on unlocked cars.

“An easy way to stop it is to lock your car,” he said. He also said people should not leave valuables in open view in their vehicles as a thief can break a window to gain access.

County selects Ramona man Dispatcher of the Year

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When San Diego County Sheriff’s Department hired Benny Hernandez to answer emergency calls in 1979, they did things differently.

All information was handwritten on a card, time-stamped and then placed in racks to be given to U.S. Navy radio chiefs who would then dispatch the calls to deputies in the field.

Now, sheriff’s dispatchers use a computer-aided system.

Two suspects arrested in connection with burglary at St. Mary’s

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Two Lakeside residents were arrested on suspicion of breaking into St. Mary’s In-the-Valley Episcopal Church on April 14, stealing safes, cash, checks, communion silver, sacramental wines and other church property, reported sheriff’s officials. Detectives from the sheriff’s Ramona substation followed up on multiple tips from Crime Stoppers and media outlets on possible suspects and focused [...]