Sheriff's Lt. Ed Musgrove says new equipment was bought to fix communication problems that hindered coordination between agencies in fighting the fires.
The county created a regional evacuation plan with possible shelters and evacuation routes. It also has a system to contact people by phone in an emergency.
Fires in 2003 and 2007 killed more than two dozen people and burned thousands of homes.
Last year a grand jury examining lessons learned from the wildfires issued a report describing the county as "woefully unprepared" for another large blaze.
Information from: North County Times, http://www.nctimes.com
Copyright 2009 The Associated Press.
Del Mar racing fans had a different reason to cheer on Saturday. This time it was for Martine Bellocq.
Deserts will dry out over the weekend, monsoonal moisture returning by Tuesday. Weekend temperatures slightly warmer as the high moves over the region, bringing in drier air. Beach conditions to improve Saturday. Water temperature slightly cooler than last week.
A man who fired a gun and threatened customers at a Fallbrook bar early Saturday morning was thwarted by patrons who tackled him and held him until law enforcement could arrive, a San Diego County sheriff's deputy said.
A man is suspected of crashing his car into a Skyline home and fleeing before being apprehended by police early Saturday morning.
The San Diego team in the Alliance of American football announced the signing of former San Diego State offensive tackle Terry Poole, a fourth-round choice by the Seattle Seahawks in the 2015 NFL draft, and nine other players.
A San Diego man with a prior conviction for the same offense was sentenced in federal court to more than 3 1/2 years in prison for his admitted role in a human-smuggling attempt that seriously injured a U.S. Border Patrol officer.
San Diego County Sheriff's Deputy Richard Fischer is free Friday night after posting $2 million bail. He is accused of groping and assaulting more than a dozen women while on duty.