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Massive Evacuation Ordered West Of I-15 Qualcomm Stadium Opened For Evacuees
NBC San Diego ^ | 10/22/2007

Posted on 10/22/2007 8:06:14 AM PDT by Sleeping Freeper

SAN DIEGO -- With fire spreading quickly westward, San Diego County officials ordered the evacuation of a huge area east of Interstate 15 between Del Dios Highway and Highway 56 early Mon"This is the worst fire this county has ever seen -- worse than the Cedar Fire [of 2003]," Sheriff Bill Kolender said.

At a news conference shortly after 6 a.m., officials said fires had spread dramatically overnight, whipped by fierce Santa Ana winds. They said fire had jumped Interstate 15 at Lake Hodges and was burning in parts of Rancho Bernardo. Because of the explosive and unpredictable nature of the blazes, all residents living between Interstate 15 and Interstate 5 from Del Dios Highway in the north to Highway 56 in the south were told to begin evacuating.

"This fire is moving very quickly," San Diego Mayor Jerry Sanders said. "Watch TV, listen to the radio and have your car prepared to leave."

Among the communities in the evacuation area are Rancho Sante Fe, Carmel Highlands, Rancho Bernardo, Del Mar Heights and Fairbanks Ranch and parts of Rancho Penasquitos.

Officials have opened Qualcomm Stadium in Mission Valley to handle the large number of evacuees.

Sanders asked everyone in San Diego County to minimize the use of cell phones to leave the airways free for the use of emergency personnel.day.

(Excerpt) Read more at nbcsandiego.com ...


TOPICS: Breaking News; Culture/Society; US: California
KEYWORDS: evacuation; sandiego; wildfire; wildfires
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To: ElkGroveDan

Homes on fire in Lake arrowhead area..fire in pine trees

live

http://media.myfoxla.com/live/


162 posted on 10/22/2007 10:47:09 AM PDT by janetjanet998
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To: Tijeras_Slim

I just got off the phone with my wife. My in-laws aren’t worried as I suspected. FIL said if the fires moves too close he will just move the “house” to Catalina.


163 posted on 10/22/2007 10:47:43 AM PDT by CougarGA7 (I'm supporting a Conservative not a RINO http://www.gohunter08.com/)
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To: ArmstedFragg

Hey there,,,ya’ll be safe,,,looks like it’s going to burn south of Lake Hodges,,,straight to Rancho Santa Fe...


164 posted on 10/22/2007 10:47:52 AM PDT by 1COUNTER-MORTER-68 (THROWING ANOTHER BULLET-RIDDLED TV IN THE PILE OUT BACK~~~~~)
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To: ElkGroveDan

Stop the flamewar, please. The other poster has been asked to stop as well.


165 posted on 10/22/2007 10:48:09 AM PDT by Sidebar Moderator
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To: Mrs.Liberty

That is terrible... that urge to turn back to one’s home can be fatal. I am so sorry to hear that. God bless him and his family.


166 posted on 10/22/2007 10:48:28 AM PDT by La Enchiladita
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To: Sleeping Freeper

I feel badly for the animals...both inside and outside of the park.

Prayers for all those going through this.
It is one thing to evacuate an approaching storm, quite another when fire is involved. I’d be terrified!


167 posted on 10/22/2007 10:49:55 AM PDT by a real Sheila (stop hillary NOW!)
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To: theFIRMbss

:-)


168 posted on 10/22/2007 10:50:20 AM PDT by a real Sheila (stop hillary NOW!)
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To: Mrs.Liberty
Oh my!

It really hits home when you hear a story like that.

Prayers for your co-worker and for all affected by these fires.

169 posted on 10/22/2007 10:51:09 AM PDT by Churchillspirit (We are all foot soldiers in this War On Terror.)
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To: 1COUNTER-MORTER-68

Thank you, Count. This is wall to wall coverage on local television.

I’m watching a reporter and can see how hard the wind is blowing on the trees in the background and on her hair.

This wind doesn’t blow in just one direction. It “whips” around in a crazy was... the devil wind.


170 posted on 10/22/2007 10:51:50 AM PDT by La Enchiladita
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To: 1COUNTER-MORTER-68
Rancho Santa Fe under mandatory evacuation now.

Cal State San Marcos being evacuated.

171 posted on 10/22/2007 10:52:24 AM PDT by Mrs.Liberty (Liberalism: Someone craps their pants, and we all have to wear diapers....)
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To: dragnet2

I was in the Bay Area - actually out on the Bay - when the big Oakland fire took out thousands of houses. It only stopped when the wind stopped.


172 posted on 10/22/2007 10:52:29 AM PDT by Sunnyflorida (Peace is the aftermath of victory.)
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To: a real Sheila

Yes, although some of the park animals have concrete shelters.

Are some of the San Diego internet connections down? I am having problems accessing...


173 posted on 10/22/2007 10:52:35 AM PDT by steve86 (Acerbic by nature, not nurture )
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To: Rushmore Rocks

Thank you, RR... and thank you for your “side note”... I agree!!


174 posted on 10/22/2007 10:53:03 AM PDT by La Enchiladita
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To: Southack

The tree huggers won’t even allow the plowing or controlled burning of underbrush. Unfortunately, CA is now reaping the rewards of letting those idiots prohibit the things that need to be done to save both property and wildlife.
I read after the most recent rash of bad fires there, folks were renting herds of goats to clear brush on their land.
Those folks will probably come out ok.
Lessons learned.


175 posted on 10/22/2007 10:53:08 AM PDT by a real Sheila (stop hillary NOW!)
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To: ArmstedFragg
Wind shift just hit Escondido. It’s coming from due east now.

That could mean that we have entered the last phases of the Santa Ana. They tend to travel in a more westerly or southwesterly direction during the later phase as the high pressure moves more to the east. At the start they are southerly or slightly south easterly blowing.

176 posted on 10/22/2007 10:53:46 AM PDT by justa-hairyape
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To: Empireoftheatom48

AGREED about the ROP

However, normal causes are likely most places???

ALL:

I have loved ones in Poway and WEST of I-5 slightly south of Del Mar . . .

I gather Poway has been evacuated???

How’s HIDDEN RIDGE COURT ENCINITAS 92024???


177 posted on 10/22/2007 10:54:27 AM PDT by Quix (GOD ALONE IS GOD; WORTHY; PAID THE PRICE; IS COMING AGAIN; KNOWS ALL; IS LOVING; IS ALTOGETHER GOOD)
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To: Mrs.Liberty

I don’t understand why school will be closed because of air quality when the kid goes 2 blocks away to his house and breaths in the same air.


178 posted on 10/22/2007 10:54:35 AM PDT by Abathar (Proudly posting without reading the article carefully since 2004)
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To: 1COUNTER-MORTER-68
looks like it’s going to burn south of Lake Hodges,,,straight to Rancho Santa Fe...

The neighborhood where we lost six houses was on the north side of Hodges. The fire was running down the riverbed for a while, but this latest wind change probably will take it in the back door of RSF. It's also busily making its way up Black Mountain halfway between RSF and the 15.

179 posted on 10/22/2007 10:55:34 AM PDT by ArmstedFragg
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To: Rushmore Rocks

Thank you RR : )


180 posted on 10/22/2007 10:56:07 AM PDT by KylaStarr (..keeping watch in east county SD)
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