A 39-year-old Ramona man died Friday night, July 18, when his motorcycle collided with a car near Barona Resort & Casino, according to authorities.
James Oliver Gansch, a married father of two, was actively involved in the Ramona community and was a huge supporter of Ramona football, according to information posted on a fundraising account website page established by friends of the family.
Deputies conducting a search at a home in rural Julian today found a greenhouse containing about 220 marijuana plants.
The deputies made the discovery in the 3400 block of Slumbering Oaks Trail about 12:30 p.m., according to San Diego County Sheriff’s Department officials.
No residents or property owners were at the address at the time of the search, Sgt. Tom Poulin said. The investigation was ongoing, he said.
Monday, 4:17 p.m.—CHP reports that the Sig Alert has been canceled for state Route 78 west of Horizon View where an accident occurred.
Monday, 4 p.m. —A Sig Alert has been issued on state Route 78 at Horizon View due to a traffic collision with a major injury, reports California Highway Patrol.
Both lanes on SR-78 are blocked, states the CHP website. The Sig Alert is estimated to last until around 4:45 p.m.
Due to high temperatures and dry vegetation in the eastern reaches of San Diego County, fire restrictions in Cleveland National Forest will increase to an elevated level, effective 6 a.m. Friday, forestry officials announced.
Under the stricter rules, wood or charcoal fires are allowed only in designated areas, and smoking is prohibited except inside vehicles or buildings or within a developed recreation site.
The restrictions also require spark arrestors on off-highway vehicles, chainsaws and other equipment with internal-combustion engines, and mandate special-use permits for welding, grinding, cutting, use of explosives and similar activities.
Fireworks are never allowed on state lands.
The fire-danger rating system takes into account such factors as foliage conditions and expected weather effects on fuels to establish the likelihood of a fire starting within a given 24-hour period.
“The public needs to be extremely careful when recreating within the forest during periods of high, very high and extreme fire danger,” said Carlton Joseph, fire chief for Cleveland National Forest.
Fire officials respond to a car fire on state Route 78 near Ramona Highlands Road Wednesday morning around 11:40. No one was reported injured but traffic was stopped in both directions until a tow truck could remove the vehicle.
A vending machine in the middle of the Ramona HIgh School’s campus was knocked over and broken, causing $2,000 worth of damage, reports the sheriff’s Ramona station. The vandalism was believed to have occurred between 8 p.m. July 7 and 8 a.m. July 8.
Among other reports filed at the sheriff’s Ramona station:
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.
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 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.
The Banner Fire was 100 percent contained today, with a total of two houses and 217 acres burned, firefighters announced.