SAN DIEGO (CNS) - The San Diego County Board of Supervisors Tuesday authorized the acquisition of a third firefighting helicopter, one of a series of recommendations stemming from the rash of wildfires in May.
The county will spend up to $5.2 million for the Bell helicopter.
Supervisor Bill Horn said the third chopper will give the county a cushion in case one of the other two has to undergo maintenance.
"Fire is a reoccurring event for us in Southern California, and I just think we need to do all we can to try to keep them at a minimum," Horn said.
The public is not aware of the hundreds of brush fires extinguished each year because firefighters are able to attack the flames from the air and keep them from spreading beyond a couple of acres, Horn said.
Following the 14 wildfires in May, which together scorched 25,000 acres and caused nearly $30 million in property damage, the supervisors held a workshop attended by representatives of fire agencies, elected officials, tribal leaders and the military to find a way to improve coordination.
According to Supervisor Dianne Jacob, 60 people representing 40 agencies took part in the meeting.
Among the other recommendations approved Tuesday, county fire authorities will use funds to preposition ground-based firefighters during high-risk weather conditions; negotiate with the city of San Diego to contract for use of its helicopters, which have night-flying capabilities; and standardize public communications, including issuing joint press releases.
Fire agencies are also working to improve their communications to the area's non-English speaking residents.
Several dogs are in the custody of San Diego County, after a Lomita woman reported that her six dogs were attacked and some killed by a group of pit bulls.
Thousands of people marched through downtown San Diego and San Marcos in the second annual Women's March Saturday. The San Diego event began at 10 a.m. at the downtown Waterfront Park on Pacific Highway, while the North County event began at 11 a.m. at Palomar College.
Thousands of people marched through downtown San Diego and San Marcos in the second annual Women's March Saturday. The San Diego event began at 10 a.m. at the downtown Waterfront Park on Pacific Highway, while the North County event began at 11 a.m. at Palomar College. The two marches were held in conjunction with other marches across the country.
The federal government shut down at the stroke of midnight Friday, which prompted the closure of many federal operations, such as national parks and monuments and that included the shutdown of Cabrillo National Monument.
Chilly temperatures and scattered showers started the weekend. Temperatures at the coast and inland communities hovered around 60 degrees with some areas of San Diego County receiving rain during the morning hours.
A transient accused of fatally stabbing a man after they got into an argument near a 7-Eleven store in Poway pleaded not guilty Friday to a murder charge.
Coastal rail closures could complicate the commute for the thousands of people expected at Women's Marches set for downtown San Diego and San Marcos Saturday, though additional transit options are being made available.
A man arrested in the doctor's lounge at Sharp Grossmont Hospital in La Mesa after claiming to be an anesthesiologist pleaded not guilty Friday to a felony charge of treating the sick without a certificate.
People who bought new homes in Otay Ranch's Village of Escaya can start moving in Friday - later than planned but after the developer took steps to address methane found at the site.
Recent assaults by tactical teams on prototypes of President Donald Trump’s proposed wall with Mexico found their imposing heights should stop border crossers, The Associated Press has learned, a finding that’s likely to please security hawks but raise concerns about costs and environmental damage.