Skip to comments.Massive Evacuation Ordered West Of I-15 Qualcomm Stadium Opened For Evacuees
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.
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aNYONE HAVE a good map link of the San Diego area involved?
My son flew up there to return from a visit during the height of all that...he said the view from the plane was awe inspiring.
I am trying to update people on this fire (Butler II redux) on this thread here:
I live in San Bernardino County, and my girlfriends parents have a cabin in Crestline. They are reporting that there are homes on fire already and they can’t get air power in because it’s too windy.
THANKS BIG FOR THE GOOGLE MAP LINK . . . MUCH APPRECIATED.
MANY LOVED ONES IN SD
that is what was being reported this morning, that while we have the tankers available to drop water, the wind makes it too dangerous to go up..that and the smoke.
Are we placing any odds on the ROP or just fire addicts?
One of the air bosses went up a couple of hours ago. He lasted for about twenty minutes then set down again. No air ‘til the winds ease.
THANKS TONS FOR THE MAP
PLEASE ping me to any maps you post . . . and anything else of any significance that you post, please.
Lots of loved ones in SD County.
Rancho Santa Fe under mandatory evacuation now.
Cal State San Marcos being evacuated.
Those places are miles apart !!
May have already burned past Escondido to the north...
Please see 127 and 158.
Stop with the ignorant comments.
Currently should be OK - north of current evacuation zone.
I’m up in Carlsbad - just on north edge of smoke plume - so the air quality down that way is probably not the best.
PRAYERS INDEED . . .
However, IIRC, the park has mostly concrete buildings with many wide areas of no vegetation to burn. And there are several ponds for cooling off, I think??? Breathing could be a ptoblem.
San Diego is in big trouble.
Starting to get tearful here.
So many loved ones all over that area and I just love the area itself.
Still teary . . .
GREATLY APPRECIATE YOUR LABORS IN ALL THIS.
MAY GOD RICHLY REWARD YOU AND YOURS.
“Still, if so....it is extremely pathetic.”
Yes, but very costly.
iF CONVENIENT AND AGREEABLE,
PLEASE ping me to anything of substance that you post.
It looks like the off-topic crazies found your thread too. We have got to find ways to protect these threads and keep them on topic; these are urgent situations...
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