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California Fires Rage On: May 17th Update



Yesterday, Santa Ana Winds diminished significantly allowing firefighters to make good progress toward containment of the half dozen wildfires still burning.

Despite the reduction in winds, most of San Diego continued to experience hot temperatures yesterday, which combined with the dry conditions allowed for a new wildfire to ignite on Camp Pendleton. This morning, six large wildfires remain active that have all together burned over 25,000 acres, mostly on Camp Pendleton.

 Winds have shifted across much of Southern California, bringing winds onshore from the ocean. In most areas this shift has brought cooler temperatures and higher humidity, but gusty winds and dry conditions continue to elevate the fire danger. All Red Flag Warnings have expired, but gusty winds may still pose an elevated fire threat.

Since January 1, CAL FIRE has responded to over 1,500 wildfires. In an average year that number would be approximately 800. This week's rash of wildfires is a reminder of just how dry conditions are in California. CAL FIRE is urging all Californians to ensure they are ready for wildfires by visiting www.ReadyForWildfire.org.   

CAL FIRE Incidents

 Cocos Fire, San Diego County
Village Drive and Twin Oaks Road, San Marcos
CAL FIRE/San Marcos Fire/Elfin Forest Springs Fire
* 2,520 acres - 70% contained
* Evacuations in effect
* 1,500 homes remain threatened
* A CAL FIRE Incident Management Team has been assigned

Bernardo Fire, San Diego County
southwest of Rancho Bernardo
CAL FIRE/San Diego City Fire/Rancho Santa Fe Springs Fire
* 1,548 acres - 95% contained
* All evacuations have been lifted

Miguelito Fire, Santa Barbara County
off Santa Miguelito Canyon Road in Lompoc
Santa Barbara County Fire/CAL FIRE
* 632 acres - 100% contained
* Full containment expected later today 

Local Incidents

Poinsettia Fire, San Diego County
Carlsbad Fire Department
off Poinsettia Ln & Alicante Rd in Carlsbad 
* 600 acres - 90% contained

* CAL FIRE is assisting 

Federal Incidents

Tomahawk Fire, San Diego County
Camp Pendleton Fire Department
Eastside of Camp Pendleton, west of Fallbrook 
* 5,400 acres - 79% contained

Pulgas Fire, San Diego County
Camp Pendleton Fire Department
Northbound I-5 at Las Pulgas Rd, north of Oceanside 
* 15,000 acres - 40% contained

San Mateo Fire, San Diego County
Camp Pendleton Fire Department
Northwest side of Camp Pendleton at the Naval Weapons Station
*800 acres - 25% contained

* CAL FIRE is assisting





Placer County News Headlines

Attempted Murder Arrest in RocklinJoseph Thomas Spera, 22, from Auburn was arrested by Rocklin Police for attempted murder of victim by stabbing.

Pediatric Telemedicine Consults Deliver Cost SavingsResearchers at UC Davis have conducted a comprehensive study to determine whether pediatric telemedicine consultations with rural emergency departments

50 Days of the Grateful Dead: Sugar MagnoliaIn a nod to the recent Dear Jerry Celebration held at the Merriweather Post Pavilion and an online request, we step back in time 32 years to June 1983.

Memorial Day Weekend : All Aboard as Railroad Season BeginsWhen the whistle blows Memorial Day weekend it will be full steam ahead this summer aboard the historic Virginia & Truckee Railroad

American River Project: Water Transfer ApprovedDrought Watch: At the May 21 meeting of the Placer County Water Agency (PCWA) Board of Directors, the Board approved a resolution authorizing the release of 12,000 acre-feet

Granite Bay Cuts Water Use 32 PercentDrought Watch: Customers in San Juan Water District's retail service area reduced their water use by 32 percent in April compared to 2013.

When 20 Billion Gallons of Water Savings is Not EnoughDrought Watch: Even though customers from 19 Sacramento-area water agencies have saved more than 20 billion gallons

$900,000 Window Project: Placer County Courthouse AuburnWork is under way on a construction project that will restore and repair aging windows at Placer County's Historic Courthouse in Auburn.

Squaw Valley High Profile Development ProposedA proposed high-profile project is in the works that would transform 94 acres in Squaw Valley into a development offering numerous resort residential options and amenities

Auburn Library Opens with Flooring Project CompletionThe Auburn branch of the Placer County Library has been closed since May 1

Kaiser Permanente Roseville Honors Fallen for Memorial DayKaiser Permanente Roseville Medical Center held a special ceremony yesterday honoring the memories of all who have died on behalf of our country

Raley's and iFoster Launch Foster Youth Hiring Program iFoster has partnered with Raley's Family of Fine Stores to develop a new hiring program for foster youth.


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