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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I am viewing local television and the City of Irvine is engulfed in thick brown smoke... a horrible sight.
Prayers for our Orange County FReepers.
Have had the TV now out in the carport and unconnected for last year or so.
It’s pretty damn smokey here too in Brea (from Irvine.) Hopefully some nut doesn’t set Brea Canyon on fire.
No, and why would you even think such a thing could happen in this country?
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.
Got it now,,,still lookin’ for maps,,,
Awful. Is this a fire of unprecedented magnitude? Will keep praying.
The change, just in a few hours...I looked at my son's school website just an hour ago, and there was no plan to close. The wind died down in SOuth COunty, the area is smoky and ashy.
San Diego is in big trouble.
All the way to the coast...
I think that's a good thing. I would rather have my children at home with me with all of this going on. Stay safe!
“Do you think that there will be looting, raping and pillaging inside of Qualcomm?
No, and why would you even think such a thing could happen in this country?”
Katrina ring a bell?
An interstate highway, including the total width of its easement, is about 10X wider than any common firebreak, ad it didn’t stop this monster.
So, what would you suggest, denuding a mile-wide swath of Earth?
Have you thought about how you might address the soil erosion issues involved with having so much bare dirt; both by water and wind?
Not to be harsh, just to point out that these things are more complex than they seem to be, and, quite often, solutions come with their own set of new problems. If we’re lucky, the ratio is 1:1 and we trade a difficult problem for an easier one. Most of the time, we’re not that lucky.
I'm in St. Louis... so I know as much as anyone else not in the thick of it.
You made a stupid comment and got the appropriately caustic responses. You had it coming; you'd be better off apologizing.
My guess would be that some schools are being used as evacuation centers. In that case, kids may be staying at their own school or going to another school building, but classes can’t stay in session when a building is being used as an evacuation center.
Also a lot of staff and some students at schools which aren’t in immediate danger, would have to travel through dangerous areas to get there, or are busy evacuating their own homes. And school buses generally cover a very large area, with the same buses being used for high schools, middle schools, and elementary schools in a staggered schedule, and with drivers often coming to work from locations outside the area they drive in.
Here’s a pretty good blog that’s keeping up on the greater San Diego area fires.
Well of course Katrina rings a bell. But can you cite any valid reports of rapes took place in the Superdome during the aftermath of Katrina?
The reports of rape inside the Superdome were rumor and not fact.
Another . . . Quixy . . . . type . . . request . . .
Please keep, as you are moved and able conviently to do . . .
please keep a kind of oversight eye to what you are doing in this situation . . .
I believe these SITUATIONS will be . . . very educational precursors to other massively devastating situations looming on the horizon . . .
and, personally,. I believe FREEPERS CAN AND WOULD DO WELL TO LEARN ALL WE CAN AT THESE MOMENTS so we can be at least a little ahead of the ROP and globalist idiots in their tyrannical moves in such situations.
IF NOTHING ELSE, WE SHOULD BE AHEAD OF THE PACK IN HELPING FELLOW FREEPERS, CONSERVATIVES, AUTHENTIC CHRISTIANS . . .
just a thought . . . a modest proposal . . .
SF, I’ve been trying to figure out if my brother’s family is in the evacuation area. I’m nearly sure it is. I’ve found I-5, I-15, and Lake Hodges on mapquest, but can’t find state route 56. Do you happen to know whether it’s known by another name?
Had the same problem...I believe that 56 is the Ted Williams Parkway...
” Well of course Katrina rings a bell. But can you cite any valid reports of rapes took place in the Superdome during the aftermath of Katrina?
The reports of rape inside the Superdome were rumor and not fact.”
It was a joke. My comment was to highlight the difference in the human element between the two cities.
And just because nothing was REPORTED, doesn’t mean crimes didn’t happen.
Mandatory evacuations all of Rancho Santa Fe.
That is correct, Ted Williams Pkwy = 56.
It’s 56 from the I-15 West, and Ted Williams Pkwy from the I-15 East.
They’re different fires. The University fire is on the hills above it... started about 3:30 this morning. Funny thing is, I just saw something on the tube to the effect that residents of the area could return so I’m really confused now.
To cap it off, some idiot took it upon himself to pull the manual pull station for our fire alarm system. Guess he’d decided to evacuate and didn’t want to be the only one. Piercing enunciator and bells ringing. Normally the maintenance crew would come shut it off, but they disappeared at 10 today. What fun!!
SR 56 is also known as Ted Williams Freeway
56 is the former Ted Williams Parkway
Was up in Cedar Crest yesterday -- enjoyed the first flurries of the season coming down! Means we beat the odds for another year.
We had some flurries yesterday too. But unless it’s raining or there’s a foot of snow on the ground, I don’t relax all the way.
I see. If that’s true, then my brother’s house is only about 200 yards south of the evacuation area. Thanks very much. Prayers up for my family, as well as all of the other people in danger.
THX THX BIG
THX THX THX
Del Mar being evacuated ! Motels filling up. Evacuation centers filling up.
BWA HAW HAW HAW HAW HAW!!!
Just try and get a water quality permit from Arnold's bureaucrats to put in a fire access road. Besides, with embers spotting for over a mile a road is a cruel joke for a fire break. Hell, the QLG fuel breaks in Plumas County were over a hundred feet wide and proved inadequate.
Arnold is a TOTAL flake on forest policy, echoing whatever proves politically expedient:
...all of this was pioneered in the Appalachian mountains of Alabama (and yes, we routinely get 40mph winds in the Appalachian chain).
Fuel moisture content, water availability, and terrain in Alabama are nothing like summer in California mountains. Nor do they have the kind of fire adapted chaparral found here.
This is why the forest fires of Alabama that made the news back in 1940 are no longer newsworthy, because scientific forest management reduced 50,000 acre wildfires down to 100 acre brushfires...and thats what is attempting to be copied by California (at least, where the enviro-wackos havent halted such efforts).
The NRDC wrote Arnold's environmental plan for him. They're the people behind the current, counterproductive, and unscientific TMDL water quality regulations that have virtually killed logging in California. Everybody in the business knows that California's forests are overstocked. Even with the Healthy Forest Initiative the Bush Administration couldn't get it done here either and Arnold helped the RICOnuts make sure of it.
You asked for this mess with your craven support for Arnold in the recall. Now own it. Just because that lying SOB says he's supporting adequate fuel management, doesn't mean that it works out that way. He's just covering his butt.
Thank you, sandyeggo and Shion. I hope my brother and his family are already out of there, and I hope the fire doesn’t reach their house.
Did you hear about this one?
Parts of Solana Beach, west of I-5, ordered voluntarily evacuated
Solana Beach’s Fire Department officials are going door to door on 12 streets to ask residents to voluntarily evacuate. The streets are all west of Interstate 5. Fire officials said they are concerned that fire could move through the San Elijo Lagoon area into coastal neighborhoods.
I didn’t hear that one, but I just heard mandatory evacuations for Del Mar and Rancho Santa Fe.
Seems like only the Pacific Ocean will stop these fires.
I’m north of the airport. Based on latest info, if she lives south of Batiquitos Lagoon I would suggest she listen to KOGO AM 600 or watch KUSI (cable channel (?) for info.
Lastest as of 1152 - officials request voluntary evacuations of areas of Solana Beach west of I5.
We used to live in Solana Beach, it’s a beautiful place. I hope these fires don’t burn to the sea.
Solana Beach?!!?!? They expect it to move that far west?!
I fear you are right.
Nowhere to go but due north, up the 5.
Evidently so. Del Mar is mandatory evacuations now.
This is a wicked fire.
This is scary. I lived in So. Orange County for several years and worked in San Diego at MCAS Miramar... I traveled the “5” every day. That these fires are traveling from the 15 all the way to the 5 is beyond my comprehension.