Red Flag Fire Warning issued for Fallbrook and select other communities; tips for residents provided

The National Weather Service has issued a Red Flag Fire Warning due to high winds, dry brush and increased fire danger in San Diego County.

The Red Flag Warning is in effect from noon today, Friday, September 27 through 5 p.m. Saturday, September 28 for the following communities: Fallbrook, Ramona, Valley Center, Escondido, El Cajon, Alpine, Potrero, Campo, Santa Ysabel, Descanso, Julian, Ranchita, and Warner Springs.

As a result of the warning, Cal Fire and San Diego Gas & Electric have issued the following:

“Fire-fighting agencies throughout the state will be on high alert this weekend,” said Cal Fire Captain Mike Mohler. “This is the first Red Flag Warning of what is shaping up to be one of the most challenging fire seasons in many years. High winds can turn a spark into a devastating wildfire in just minutes, so we’re calling on San Diegans to be extremely vigilant in the high fire-risk areas of the county.”

During the Red Flag Warning, Cal Fire urges all Californians to exercise extreme caution outdoors in order to prevent wildfires. A few helpful reminders and fire prevention tips include:

*Don’t mow or use a weed-eater to trim dry grass on windy days.

*Ensure campfires are allowed, and if so, be sure to extinguish them completely.

*Never pull over your vehicle in dry grass.

*Never burn landscape debris like leaves or branches on “No Burn Days” or when it’s windy.

*Make sure all portable gasoline-powered equipment have spark arresters.

Cal Fire and San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E) also remind residents that power outages can be expected during extreme wind conditions. SDG&E encourages customers to be prepared by having the following on hand:

*Battery-powered emergency lighting (or flashlights, at a minimum)

*A portable or battery-powered radio

*A wind-up or battery-powered clock

*Nonperishable foods and water (including a manual can opener)

*Pet food

*A first aid kit

*A telephone that does not depend on electricity.

SDG&E offers a number of tools to help customers during an interruption in electric service, they can visit to check the status of a power outage, download SDG&E’s mobile app at or connect with SDG&E’s Customer Contact Center at 1-800-411-SDGE (7343), on Twitter (@SDGE) and Facebook. In addition, customers in the high fire-risk area can monitor current wind speeds at

Downed lines should be reported immediately to 1-800-411-SDGE (7343). If you encounter a downed line, always assume it is live and never touch a fallen line or a person or vehicle in contact with the line.

For more ways to help prevent and prepare for wildfires visit or

20 Responses to "Red Flag Fire Warning issued for Fallbrook and select other communities; tips for residents provided"

  1. Lee   September 28, 2013 at 2:46 pm

    My dear fellow Fallbrookers, may I suggest that we once-and-for-all eradicate ALL Eucalyptus and pine trees from Fallbrook, both of which serve absolutely NO purpose whatsoever, be it ecological or otherwise. All that both plant types do is to serve as a REALLY huge fire hazard. Eucalyptus tree were introduced to San Diego 100 years ago to provide for cheap and plentiful railroad ties. And pine trees? Who the heck knows. Pine trees in SoCal’s basins? Makes absolutely no sense whatsoever. (My guess is to remind folks of the hee-haw states where they came from!)

    Folks, lets’ do the right thing: if you have Eucalyptus or pine trees on your properties, I urge you to remove them promptly. We all remember the "party" we had here in October 2007, don’t we?!

  2. Fallbrook res.   September 28, 2013 at 5:57 pm

    Thank you FVN for the tips.

  3. CAL Fire Map   September 28, 2013 at 8:07 pm

    It would be a great help if fire news articles could all contain the Cal Fire Map URL THANKS!!

  4. @lee   September 28, 2013 at 9:14 pm

    No thanks.

  5. Lee   September 30, 2013 at 8:32 am

    @ #4 @lee

    So are you saying that we, Fallbrookers, should keep Eucalyptus and pine trees and burn down during the next fire instead? Is THAT what you are saying?

  6. Pink   September 30, 2013 at 9:44 am

    Here we go again. Now Lee is blaming fires on trees.

  7. lol @ Pink   September 30, 2013 at 10:21 am

    Yes, we all now that trees are a fire hazard. This is why we need to strip the national forests…it has NOHING to do with making the rich richer.

  8. Pink   September 30, 2013 at 11:54 am

    Yes Comment #7, you are correct. Let’s strip all the pine trees off our forest lands (Yosimite, Big Bear, Mt. San Jacinto, etc) then when the rains come, and they will, there will be nothing to stop the flooding and mud slides. I’m sure that when that happens Lee will demand that we dam all the rivers and waterways. Where will it end??

  9. @lee   September 30, 2013 at 12:23 pm

    Relax lee, nobody is getting rid of their trees so save your time and energy and wine about something else.

  10. Lee   September 30, 2013 at 3:43 pm

    @ #9 @lee

    Okey dokey, so if, heaven forbid, we have fires ragin’ through Fallbrook as we did in October 2007 and YOUR home burns down because you or your neighbors have fire hazardous Eucalyptus or pine trees, don’t come runnin’ to me cryin’.

    I’m trying to help you NOW. Good luck!

    PS. Only here in San Diego County could folks oppose doing the right thing and laugh at it. Unreal.

  11. @lee   September 30, 2013 at 6:40 pm

    Sounds good. Cool story bro.

  12. grunt   September 30, 2013 at 7:32 pm

    Your point on eucalyptus is correct; however it would make more sense to fire proof your house, such as use a metal ash blocker on your vents, use rocks instead of bark as a landscaping enhancement. No need to be so radical in everything. BTW, IF a fire sweeps through Fallbrook, I hope the FD does not know the house they are risking their health and life for is yours. 🙂

  13. Lee   October 1, 2013 at 6:44 am

    NOTE TO LEE FROM VILLAGE NEWS: Clean up your language and hate-filled comments or stop commenting on this site. Thank you.
    D. Ramsey, Editor.

  14. Pink   October 1, 2013 at 8:36 am

    Houses with shake/shingle roofs are the most vulnerable to fire. Make sure you get rid of all dried brush and dead trees on your property, also make sure you have a fire break. We took down all of our eucalyptus trees several years ago, it made great firewood (hint) eradicating all pine trees from our national forests would prove to be a disaster when the rains come, if you have dead pines in your yard however, I would cut those down and haul them away asap. Santa Ana winds, when they blow hot and fast, create fire storms, and there isn’t much you can do in that situation except get the heck out of there. Stay safe everyone. Lets all hope and pray that this will be the year the winds don’t come.

  15. Lee   October 2, 2013 at 11:59 am

    Comment to D. Ramsey

    The what do YOU call GRUNT wishing that my house burn down?! Do YOU allow that?! Please explain how and why that is right!

    Wishing somebody that his/her house is burned down is NOT hate-filled? Please explain.

    VILLAGE NEWS REPLIES: Grunt did not say he wished your house would burn down. His point was geared toward your obvious attitude seen in your comments. D. Ramsey

  16. Lee   October 2, 2013 at 2:14 pm

    OK folks, here we go.

    Please read my comment #1.

    Then read Pink’s comment #6.

    Then read Pink’s comment #14.

    I rest my case.

  17. grunt   October 2, 2013 at 7:53 pm

    No, Lee I was not wish your house burn down -Thank you Ms Ramsey, for your comment.

  18. Pink   October 3, 2013 at 11:21 am

    What case is that Lee? Trees do not start fires. Fires are started by one of two things, they are either set (arson) or caused by the elements. Cutting down all of the eucalyptus and pine trees in Southern California, San Diego County and Fallbrook will not stop fires from happening, and is a ridiculous plan. Pine trees are needed in mountainous areas to help stop erosion in the rainy season. Dead pines near homes, however, are unsightly and dangerous. I think it would be a good plan to get rid of those. As I said, we cut down all of our eucalyptus years ago for firewood. Now, what is your problem with what I said> BTW, Grunt NEVER said he wishes your house would burn down, where on earth are you getting that?

  19. Peace   October 3, 2013 at 11:30 am

    @#3 This web site has all the info. on all fires, including this area and has maps and important updates etc. Hope it helps.

  20. BornNRaised   October 5, 2013 at 1:50 pm

    Aren’t trees what makes Fallbrook so beautiful? Certainly not the people!! At least not all of them…


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