SAN DIEGO (CNS) - A spell of windy, dry conditions has settled over the San Diego area, prompting the National Weather Service to issue a 30-hour "red flag" wildfire warning.
The alert -- warning of critical fire dangers in such East County locales as Alpine, Campo, Descanso, El Cajon, Escondido, Fallbrook, Julian, Potrero, Ramona, Ranchita, Santa Ysabel, Valley Center and Warner Springs -- went into effect at noon Friday and was slated to expire at 6 p.m. Saturday night, the NWS advised.
Inland humidity will likely dip to levels below 10 percent over the period, while winds out of the east will gust up to 35 mph, according to meteorologists.
This fall "is shaping up to be one of the most challenging fire seasons in many years," Cal Fire Capt. Mike Mohler said.
"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," he said.
The state agency advised the public to help prevent fires by:
- Avoiding the use of mowers or mechanized weed trimmers in dry grass on windy days
- Making campfires only in areas where they are expressly allowed, and extinguishing them completely when leaving
- Avoiding pulling over or parking vehicles in dry grass
- Never burning leaves, branches or other landscape debris on "no-burn days," or when it's windy
- Making sure all portable gas-powered machines have spark arresters
Cool weather helped fire crews gain ground Thursday against the nation's deadliest wildfire in a century, as the search went on for more bodies. At least 56 people were killed and 300 were unaccounted for a week after the flames swept through.
A man died after being found with a gunshot wound at a park in Mountain View early Saturday morning, police said.
A man was injured when he was shot while standing on a street corner in Lincoln Park early Saturday, police said.
Day 2 of The Susan G. Komen 3-Day, a 60-mile walk to support breast cancer research and programs starts up again Saturday. Walkers will continue their journey through Ocean Beach, Mission Bay Park, Tecolote Shores and De Anza Cove Park.
Residents of Malibu forced to evacuate because of the Woolsey Fire that has been burning for 10 days will be able to pick up their mail on Saturday in downtown Los Angeles and a Disaster Assistance Center will open to help residents impacted by the nearly 100,000-acre blaze.
Police are asking for the public's help in locating an elderly woman who went missing from her son's Mira Mesa home.
A power outage in central San Diego affecting over 2,200 homes in University Heights, North Park, Normal Heights, Kensington, Talmadge, and West State College was reported early Saturday morning just after 7:00 a.m.
The Dewey Elementary School, which serves a large number of military families, on Friday put out a call for donations as their Winter Wonderland Fundraiser fast approaches.
Argentina's navy announced early Saturday that searchers found the missing submarine ARA San Juan deep in the Atlantic a year after it disappeared with 44 crewmen aboard.
More evacuation orders due to the nine-day-old Woolsey Fire were lifted Friday in the Malibu and Topanga areas, amid expressions of frustration by residents over the slow pace of repopulating areas because of road closures.