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  • Cal Fire issues urgent warning regarding incursions of unmanned aircraft systems

    Updated Sep 21, 2023

    SACRAMENTO – Cal Fire, alongside its cooperators, wishes to issue an urgent warning regarding the incursion of Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS), commonly known as drones, into firefighting airspace. These incursions have raised serious concerns as they have led to the temporary suspension of critical aerial firefighting operations on a half-dozen incidents so far this year. The FAA regularly implements Temporary Flight Restrictions (TFRs) around wildfire areas to protect the safety of aircraft participating in firefighting...

  • I-15 closed as fire burns 1 mile south of 76

    Updated Aug 17, 2023

    UPDATE: According to North County Fire, the fire off I-15 has been stopped at 3-5 acres by 4:00 p.m. No structures damaged or destroyed. CHP has reopened the number 1 and 2 lanes. According to the Watch Duty app, several fires are burning along I-15 one mile south of the 76, between 15 and Old Highway 395. Both sides of 15 are closed. Forward progress has been stopped on the main fire but there is still some active fire on the northernmost fire as of 2:53 p...

  • UPDATE: Bonny Fire 2069 acres, 5% containment

    CNS|Updated Jul 29, 2023

    AGUANGA – A brush fire that erupted on the edge of the Cahuilla Indian Reservation south of Aguanga expanded to 2069 acres today with 5% containment, as crews contended with a cluster of spot fires breaking out ahead of the main blaze. The “Bonny Fire” was reported about 2:50 p.m. Thursday in the area of Bonny and Barber lanes, and as of 5 p.m. Friday, the brusher was estimated to be roughly 1,900 acres and about 10% contained, according to the Riverside County Fire...

  • Cal Fire suspends burn permits starting Monday, June 26

    Updated Jun 23, 2023

    EL CAJON – Due to warming and drying conditions locally and statewide, Cal Fire San Diego is suspending all burn permits for outdoor residential burning within the State Responsibility Area of San Diego and Imperial counties. The suspension will occur at 8 a.m. on Monday, June 26. It will ban all residential outdoor burning of branches, leaves, and landscape debris. The wet winter has dramatically reduced the effects of the ongoing drought conditions throughout the state. However, a single season of wet and snowy...

  • Exercise safety precautions for high fire danger

    Yvette Urrea Moe, County of San Diego Communications Office|Updated Sep 1, 2022

    The National Weather Services has issued a prolonged heat wave through Labor Day and that creates an elevated fire risk. County emergency officials are offering the following tips to reduce the fire risk. People are asked to avoid using power tools to clear away brush because it can spark a fire. People interested in protecting their property from the threat of brush fires can instead do these things: • Remove debris, including dried leaves, firewood stacks, or trash from around the home. This includes leaves on their roof...

  • Garage catches fire on East Aviation

    Updated Dec 17, 2021

    FALLBROOK – North County Fire has reported a residential building single story fire at 400 E. Aviation. The fire was started in the garage by a candle. Flames did not spread to the home but were contained to the garage. No one was hurt or displaced. The call came in at 9:57 a.m., Friday, Dec. 17. Everyone is asked to avoid this area for now....

  • North County Fire reminds everyone of fire risk after rollover

    Julie Reeder|Updated Oct 22, 2021

    A female victim was transported to Palomar Hospital with non-life threatening injuries after a rollover and small fire early this morning, Oct. 15. The fire was extinguished by a resident at East Mission and Live Oak Park Road at about 3:51 a.m. as North County Fire rolled on the scene. “A bush was on fire,” said NCFPD PIO Choi. “It was a 10’ x 10’ spot put out by the property owners, but as the firefighters were observing the area, they saw wreckage in a fence, a...

  • Man, woman injured in Fallbrook apartment explosion, fire

    City News Service|Updated Sep 19, 2021

    FALLBROOK (CNS) - Two residents of a Fallbrook apartment were injured today in an explosion and fire inside a bedroom. The fire was reported at 1:32 p.m. Sunday at a two-story apartment complex at 1433 S. Mission Road, according to Capt. John Choi of the North County Fire Protection District. Residents said an explosion blew out a window of an upstairs apartment, Choi said. Three fire engines from the NCFPD along with one engine from the Vista Fire Department put out the fire...

  • North County Fire makes quick work of RV fire

    Kim Harris, Managing Editor|Updated Jun 13, 2021

    North County Fire Protection District made quick work of an RV fire at 666 Ranger Road. The blaze was first reported at 4:16 p.m. Captain John Choi with North County Fire said. When firefighters arrived they found the RV fully engulfed, he said, adding that there was a "little bit of extension into the vegetation." "The column of smoke could be seen in the east area of Fallbrook," Choi said. "It was a pretty defined column." The fire was underneath a powerline so SDG&E had to...

  • Wildfire that burned 1,000 acres on Camp Pendleton now 20% contained

    City News Sercice|Updated Jun 10, 2021

    CAMP PENDLETON (CNS) – A wildfire that blackened 1,000 acres of vegetation on the land of Camp Pendleton was 20% contained this morning, the base's public-affairs office said, Thursday, June 10. The blaze began spreading out of control toward the eastern side of the Marine Corps installation about 2:30 p.m. Wednesday, fire officials said. Authorities cleared people out of various areas on the installation Wednesday afternoon, including Lake O'Neill Campground, as a precaution. By 7:25 p.m. Wednesday, the fire had burned...

  • Vehicle fire spreads to vegetation on Wilt Road

    Updated Jun 4, 2021

    FALLBROOK – North County Fire is on scene of a large vehicle fire in the area of the 2500 block of Wilt Road in Fallbrook. The fire has spread to the vegetation. Everyone is asked to avoid this area. Forward rate of spread has been stopped as of 12:30 p.m. Friday. There is also a Smoke Advisory as Camp Pendleton is conducting a controlled burn on their base. Smoke may be visible, but there is no fire threat to our district, according to North County Fire....

  • Firefighters locate, safely return lost hikers in Monserate Mountain area

    Updated Jan 15, 2021

    North County Fire Protection District spokesperson Capt. John Choi reported Friday, Jan. 15 that the department was able to locate and return two lost hikers, one of which suffered a fall, after they got lost "fairly far away" from the Monserate Mountain Trail in Fallbrook. Capt. Choi reported that NCFPD called in an ASTREA aircraft to help locate the hikers, and when they did, guided the department's ground troops to them and return pair back to safety. Capt. Choi reported neither hiker had suffered any life-threatening...

  • Firefighters quickly knock down South Mission vegetation fire

    Updated Jan 15, 2021

    North County Firefighters were on the scene of a vegetation fire in the 1700 block of South Mission Road in Fallbrook at approximately 10:45 a.m. Friday, Jan. 15. It didn't take long for them to halt the spread of the fire to 1/10 of an acre located on the west side of Mission Road, just south of Rocky Peak Road, according to North County Fire Protection District spokesperson Capt. John Choi. The fire is under investigation....

  • Firefighters knock down house fire in Fallbrook

    Jeff Pack, Staff Writer|Updated Dec 12, 2020

    North County Fire reported at 7:44 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 12 they were at the scene of a residential fire in the 800 block of Hillpark Lane in Fallbrook. A short time later, firefighters reported they had contained the fire. There were no reports of injuries, estimates of damage, or what caused the fire....

  • Firefighters made quick work of Camp Pendleton fire

    Updated Nov 30, 2020

    North County Fire reported Monday, Nov. 30 that a brush fire on Camp Pendleton was sending smoke into the sky, but was no threat to Fallbrook. At roughly 2:30 p.m., North County Fire announced that the spread of the fire had been halted and there was no damage or injuries associated with the incident....

  • Firefighters quickly snuff out small fire in Bonsall

    Jeff Pack, Staff Writer|Updated Oct 29, 2020

    North County Fire Protection District Captain John Choi said that a small fire that broke out Thursday, Oct. 29 in Bonsall was quickly contained by firefighters and crews were mopping up as of 10:30 a.m. Cpt. Choi said the fire burned an 80-foot by 100-foot section of a construction erosion control site in the area of Vista Del Mar and Dentro De Lomas Road. "The fire burned all the way up to a channeling fence," Cpt. Choi said. "Crews were able to stop the rate of spread....

  • Seven residents, three dogs displaced after fire damages Fallbrook home

    Updated Oct 27, 2020

    FALLBROOK (CNS) - A blaze at a Fallbrook home Tuesday, Oct. 27 caused one resident to suffer smoke inhalation and displaced seven residents and three dogs, authorities said. The blaze was reported at 8:05 a.m. at a single-story house in the 2200 block of South Stage Coach Lane, just east of Fallbrook Union High School, North County Fire Capt. John Choi said. Crews responded to the home and found smoke and flames coming from the front of the structure, Choi said. Firefighters entered the home and knocked down the flames...

  • Firefighters make quick work of Bonsall residential fire

    Village News Staff|Updated Sep 28, 2020

    North County Fire firefighters were able to contain a fire at a residential structure in Bonsall Monday, Sept. 28 after about 45 minutes of work. The fire was located at the 4300 block of Via De Los Cepillos. There were no reports of injuries or what started the blaze....

  • 220-acre fire breaks out at Camp Pendleton, forward progress stopped

    Updated Sep 19, 2020

       SAN DIEGO (CNS) - A 220-acre vegetation fire broke out Saturday, Sept. 18 at the Camp Pendleton Marine Base.    Camp Pendleton Fire Department crews were working on containment at 5:08 p.m. but the forward rate of spread has been stopped, according to a tweet from Camp Pendleton.    "It poses no threat to anything but smoke will be seen for the remainder of the day,'' the tweet from the base said.    The fire is in the X-Ray impact area of the base....

  • Firefighters stop small vegetation fire in Fallbrook

    Will Fritz|Updated Sep 14, 2020

    Firefighters stopped the spread of a small brush fire in a Fallbrook field Monday afternoon. The fire was first reported at 3:20 p.m. in a field near Alturas Road and Merida Drive, according to North County Fire Capt. John Choi. Crews arriving at the scene found an approximately 50-by-20-foot blaze and quickly surrounded it with containment lines, Choi said. Forward spread of the fire was stopped by about 3:44 p.m. No injuries were reported. Will Fritz can be reached by email at [email protected]....

  • Fallbrook residential fire displaces two, one firefighter transported from scene

    Jeff Pack, Staff Writer|Updated Aug 27, 2020

    FALLBROOK — A residential structure fire on the 1700 block of Bellington Lane on Wednesday, Aug. 26 caused two people to evacuate and become displaced and caused one firefighter to receive treatment after fighting the blaze. The multi-agency effort, which began at 6:30 p.m., was contained roughly an hour later. “The first units on the scene arrived to find about 50% of the structure well involved in fire,” Division Chief of Operations and Emergency Medical Services, Kevin Mahr said. “And so they took a defensive...

  • Firefighters quickly deal with Rainbow fire

    Updated Jul 4, 2020

    RAINBOW — A brush fire broke out Saturday in Rainbow near the southbound offramp of Interstate 15 at Rainbow Canyon Road, first reported by North County Fire at 12:20 p.m. Initially, reports indicated that the fire had spread to a quarter of an acre and one structure was threatened, but reports by 1 p.m. indicated the fire had been contained by firefighters to about one acre. Fire crews are on the scene mop up the remnants of the fire....

  • CalFire San Diego stop spread of fire near I-15 south, Gopher Canyon Road

    Updated Jul 2, 2020

    BONSALL - CalFire San Diego reported is at 5:14 p.m. that they were at the scene of a vegetation fire near Interstate 15 south and Gopher Canyon Road. The fire was reported at 1/4 acre with a moderate rate of spread and no structures were threatened. By 5:45 p.m., CalFire reported that the spread of the fire had been stopped. This is a breaking news story that will update when more information becomes available....

  • Small brushfire controlled by firefighters in Rainbow

    Village News Staff|Updated Jun 15, 2020

    A small brushfire that ate up about an acre alongside Interstate 15 in Rainbow on Monday was quickly handled by North County Fire and CalFire San Diego. The fire, just south of Rainbow Valley Boulevard, stopped traffic in both directions on Highway 395 between White Lilac Road and Rainbow Vista Drive, and fire officials said commuters should expect delays....

  • Fire in northeast portion of Camp Pendleton bordering De Luz Road halted by firefighters

    Updated Jun 4, 2020

    CAMP PENDLETON - A fire located in the northeast reaches of Camp Pendleton, on the border of De Luz Road, grew to almost 10 acres with a moderate rate of spread. Calfire San Diego was fighting the so-called Hotel Fire with North County Fire and Camp Pendleton firefighters with air support and ground teams working on the flames. Evacuation orders were put in place for portions of De Luz Road and warnings for Green Valley Road, Riverview Road, and Daily Road. At 3 p.m.,...

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