Fire put out on Sandia Creek River Trail

A fire that started on the Sandia Creek River Trail about 12:45 p.m. today (Tuesday), was stopped at four acres according to John Buchanan, North County Fire public information officer. Fifteen units responded from both Cal Fire and North County Fire along with two airplanes, one helicopter and three hand crews.

Buchanan also said that two people were taken to a local hospital for heat-related injuries and the cause of the fire is under investigation.

Members of the Trails Council and a crew from Fallbrook Public Utility District (FPUD) had just finished a clean up of trash and brush in that area of the trail less than two hours before the fire started. The Trails Council has been working with the owner of the property, FPUD, along with North County Fire and the Sheriff’s Dept. to combat illegal activities that damage the area and can start fires. For more information on their efforts, see the article in this week’s issue coming out July 24.

14 Responses to "Fire put out on Sandia Creek River Trail"

  1. I was there   July 22, 2014 at 8:09 pm

    I’m thinking it was the people who cut a lot of trees a few hrs earlier…they may have left a lit ember….the fire started in that area….or it was the people panning for gold….that guy just stood there smoking his cig with a smile as we all ran out

  2. Neighborhood Homeowner   July 23, 2014 at 11:30 am

    Live in the surrounding neighborhood, overlooking the river, and drive by the water hole every day. This is what I see: Piles and piles of trash, littered all up and down the road and in the water. Some are decent enough to bag it, but the local wildlife will come along and tear them open, so it is pointless unless the "trash" take their trash with them. On weekends there are vehicles half in the road. Very dangerous when you come around the corner and they are parked like that, and then there’s a huge oncoming grove truck or other vehicle coming at you as well. By late afternoon there are drunken teens and / or mothers even walking down the center line or crossing the road, sometimes with their very young children in tow! Sometime not even in tow, they’re just letting them "catch up" as they stumble along and vehicles are driving by in either direction!! Just last week drove by and a vehicle of 4 or 5 young teenage boys pulled out in a mad dust cloud throwing empty glass bottles out their windows as they left. This is not the first fire down there, it will not be the last. I’ve enjoyed the trails, both on horse back and foot, for the last 20+ years, but at the expense of losing the natural beauty and protecting the poor wildlife, I beg and pray that the County comes in and Closes It! At the very very least regulates and watches with a close eye what is going on down there. Used to see turtles playing in the water and sunning themselves on the rocks, not a one so far this year however. Now I see fishing bobbers dangling from the trees and bushes, just left, can’t imagine the amount of rusty hooks all over the place and ground too. Just sad and only getting worse.

  3. dillon   July 23, 2014 at 12:26 pm

    Excuse me…I was the one panning for gold…IN the river. I watched the teenagers who were getting stoned in the bushes took off running from the brush laughing as we saw the smoke we all took off running. I wasnt even smoking. My girlfriend was the only person I was with and she doesnt even smoke. I was standing in the water panning (which you cant do on land) when it started. I saw with my own two eyes the two boys and four girls (who couldnt be more that 17) running away laughing from where it started. I am a fallbrook local and have nothing but respect for the place I live. Its the people from out of town or from on base that are trashing it and ruining it for everyone else. Again I say ( and you said it yourself) I was in the water panning for gold. You cant smoke with both hands in the water and that IS NOTHING TO SMILE ABOUT! I love that place and theres always those people who ruin it for everyone else. I can even give a detailed description of the ones who actually started it. Not cool. Not ok

  4. Neighborhood Homeowner   July 23, 2014 at 1:27 pm

    I’d appreciate anyone who saw anything or can identify anyone, to please call the local Sheriff 760.451.3100 and North County Fire Protection Dist. 760.723.2005 and report what they can. Thank You!!

  5. observant   July 23, 2014 at 3:36 pm

    The trash situation along Sandia Creek Road and Rock Mountain would be far worse if it weren’t for a gentleman by the name of Lou (driveS a grey Jeep Wrangler) who has spent countless hours over the years picking up trash. Thank you Lou.

  6. Bruce D.   July 23, 2014 at 11:21 pm

    I watched the whole thing from my house. Up until now, I thought Cal-Fire was conducting an excersise. The speed and precision of that operation looked too perfect, as if it were staged. They were on it like a Bonnet!! It’s very reassuring to know that our property and even our lives are in such competent hands. That extra $150.00 a year is money well spent. Thanks guys and keep up the great work, we really appreciate it!!

  7. Brenda S.   July 24, 2014 at 1:08 pm

    We have spent many beautiful days enjoying the Sandia Creek without the teen drunks and crazy people trashing the place. It is very sad if this gets closed down due to the non local people who are coming into trash this beautiful place. We bring my grand daughter here to play in the water but have to leave when the teen drunks get there. We have also picked up their trash while we were out there warning them at the same time that they are ruining a good thing by leaving their trash everywhere. I am very upset at this and would hate to see the people who care about nature be shut out of something we enjoy because of these people who don’t care but to get trashed! These same kids ruined the falls we use to hike to with graffiti and trash. They will move on to somewhere else if we don’t do something about it. Please don’t shut it down, we are local Fallbrook owners, and retired and would be more then happy to help clean up or anything else we can do to continue enjoying this beautiful place.
    Let’s get the drunks out and not the people who appreciate the beauty.

  8. Jennifer B   July 24, 2014 at 3:48 pm

    We were the first to call in the fire as it was clearly visible from the top of our grove as we are very high up overlooking all of San Diego in De Luz. We have called in a number of fires for that matter over the last 3 years. Your welcome. The fire department and air tankers did an outstanding job, thanks a lot!! I for one would like to see Sandia Creek Road closed to the public or install a toll booth. The speeders are out of control along with the caravans of Harleys. Recently, one driver took out a fire hydrant near my grove and he was taken away with a DUI conviction and the water shutoff screwed up my irrigation that we had just started for fertilizing. The plumbing was affected and had to be repaired. Furthermore, I am constantly getting tail gated and am forced to avoid head on collisions from losers who can’t control their lead foot and keep their car in their own lane. I was even passed by a jerk from Louisiana towing a large fishing boat and I was going the speed limit! He was going 60mph down Sandia Creek Road and was a nearby resident, I swear he had to be drunk.
    Yes, the trash, drunks and punks need to leave. I have heard really nice things about the beach, too bad I haven’t even gotten to see it myself. I hope those jerks are caught whoever they are. We can’t afford to lose anymore precious water to fires, fire hydrant crashes, etc… I heard that river bed beach is posted online as a party destination for river rats. I hope somebody takes it down soon. Thank you FPUD for cleaning up your property and thank you to the sweet caring men who go out on your own and pick up trash too.

  9. Joemamma   July 24, 2014 at 4:09 pm

    Do you find any gold in the creek? I’ve thought about checking it out before.

  10. Resident   July 25, 2014 at 9:53 am

    I am a local resident. I say close it down and start handing out tickets to those who trespass. The only way these dirtbags are going to stop coming around is if it effects their wallet. Close it and let nature come back.

  11. Sandia Creek Resident   July 25, 2014 at 5:23 pm

    It’s a shame such a wonderful place is being trashed. There should be an officer of law patrolling the creek. I called in the taggers that defaced all the rocks before they had even started spraying the paint. It was so bad, these guys set up in plain sight, about 3pm and no one stopped them? Obviously the police didn’t feel it was necessary to take the drive to stop them.
    Who wants to drive home and see graffiti everywhere??? I’ve actually cleaned up some of the graffiti, cleaned up trash, picked up fire pits, and I don’t even get to enjoy the beach. What parent would want to subject their child to the debauchery taking place at the creek? 2 or 3 drinks I understand. Drunken stoopid is not ok, this isn’t Havisu. How do you close off the creek to the Schmucks and keep it open to those who respect nature and what it has to offer?

  12. Caitlyn D   July 27, 2014 at 1:00 pm

    I’ve been going to sandia creek for over 10 yrs. The way the top of the creek has become is horrible. My family and I like to go swim, picnic and enjoy the sun! I must agree that the partying has become a mini Havasu, I completely agree! We swim and the bottom and never get to adventure with the kids up there any more because of the drunken people up there who trash our little paradise!

  13. j c   July 28, 2014 at 10:47 am

    I moved here in 1973 I grew up in the hills down there and in the river. I recently took my son down there 6 months ago and I was shocked by what the crossing has become. It is not the quiet cool place to relax and wade in the creek anymore. I have to agree to keep it a viable part of the eco system FPUD should fence it off before fire gets started that takes off and burns thru De Luz.

  14. Brenda   July 28, 2014 at 9:32 pm

    I went to meeting today regarding the issues at Sandia Creek. FPUD is implementing a plan with the local law enforcement, military, and other agencies in order to control illegal activities at Sandia Creek. The plan is to target alcohol consumption and after dusk trespassing and fires along with littering.
    Also there are cameras already installed to monitor license plates and activities. Citations are currently being issued for violations.
    If you witness any illegal activity, it is suggested that you call the non emergency line for the
    Sheriff Dept at 858 565-5200. By doing this you will be helping with the efforts of getting Sandia Creek back to its beauty it once was.
    If this illegal activity can’t be controlled, closing the area down is an option.


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