Daily Dose: Fire Warnings

Santa Ana winds bring fire conditions and what you need to know today.

Santa Ana Wind Conditions

Mayor Jerry Sanders and San Diego fire Chief Javier Mainar warned San Diego county to prepare for Santa Ana wind conditions over the next couple of days that could make the region ripe for wildfires.   

They were joined at a news conference by National Weather Service meteorologist Alex Tardy, who said it will be very hot Wednesday and Thursday, with 30-40 mph winds from the northeast gusting through canyons in the area.   

The more extreme winds that accompanied the firestorms of 2003 and 2007, which devastated large swaths of the county, are not expected, he said.   

Nevertheless, they urged residents to take all necessary precautions, including cutting back brush within 100 feet of residences.

"We have some potentially explosive conditions in San Diego County with lots of dead vegetation," Sanders said. "It doesn't take much effort and it might pay dividends that are impossible to measure in dollars and lives.''   

Mainar said a fire in the northeastern part of the county broke out nearly two weeks ago and rapidly grew to 2,000 acres without the presence of strong winds.

-City News Service 



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rudy reyes October 12, 2011 at 02:07 PM
County hasn't done a single thing to help fire situation in 10 years! I was injured in 2003 fires, I am running for 2nd district supervisor to address the fire situation! Had enough yet! Vote Reyes!
Motivated Santee Citizen October 12, 2011 at 06:46 PM
Rudy, If you were in charge, what would you do to address the fire situation that the County has not done?
Jean October 12, 2011 at 11:26 PM
The County hasn't cleaned up their own weed invested/overgrown property on Park Center Drive. And today I called Jacobs' office and was told to call Public Works. Public Works said they would look into it but it might not be Public Works property. Sound like the usual run around? Fire Protection Services has already given them notice but they have done nothing. Neither has Circle K.


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