Residents view county portion of proposed emergency evacuation route

The emergency evaucation route begins at these gates on the county grasslands off Montecito Way. Sentinel photo/Karen Brainard
The emergency evaucation route begins at these gates on the county grasslands off Montecito Way. Sentinel photo/Karen Brainard

About 25 people showed up to caravan over a one-mile dirt road in the County Grasslands Preserve to view what is proposed to be used as an emergency evacuation route for Ramona.

The route begins off Montecito Way and passes by the old rodeo grounds. Winding  around hills in what was formerly the Davis-Eagle Ranch, the dirt road ends when it hits Ramona Municipal Water District property.

County staff from the Departments of Public Works and Parks and Recreation attended, as well as members of the Ramona Community Planning Group. While some residents said it is a viable option to evacuate during a fire, they noted that it depends on where the fire is located. Lighting along the route was also a concern.

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Ramona Community Planning Group Chair Jim Piva, left, answers questions about proposed lighting. Sentinel photo/Karen Brainard

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From the county Ggasslands property, the proposed emergency evacuation route would continue on this 12-foot wide dirt track that runs along a barbed wire fence on Ramona Municipal Water District property. The SDG&E poles are just on the other side of the fence. The route would then lead to Rangeland Road. Sentinel photo/Karen Brainard
   
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