Monday, May 22, 2017

GOOD MONDAY MORNING...

WHEWWW!

THAT WAS WAY TOO CLOSE FOR COMFORT


It's Monday morning (well, 11 AM). All the roads are open and the evacuations lifted for Pio Pico and Dulzura. If, like me, you are still doing defensible space work, it was a reality check. We knew this would be a bad fire year, with all the grass and fuel growth our welcome rains produced. Then most of us found out that their Fire Grants were cut in half, or completely denied. It's been a rough haul trying to get ready, even more so when it has all fallen on the shoulders of homeowners, many of whom depend on those Grants.

I'm writing more on the Grant situation for the June Jamul Shopper. It's been a sobering experience to see what has been happening to the grant money. In fact, I'm pretty shaken by the whole situation.

I doubt that anything can be done this year— though it SHOULD be. So we're on our own to get as ready for the coming fires as we can.

Interesting news on the Gate Fire. I had posted this link to our FaceBook pages, but don't think I got it into an Antler Alert. It has been suspected that the fire first broke out at the informal shooting area, just east and south of the Border Checkpoint. One of the shooters posted a video which is now "of interest" to the ongoing criminal investigation into the cause of the fire. Here's the link.



Can you spot Honey Springs Road in this photo?  94?
HINT: You're looking at the Gate Fire area with Otay Mountain in the background.

Sunday, May 21, 2017

TIME LAPSE OF GATE FIRE — SATURDAY WIND SHIFT

Here is yesterday's time lapse of the Gate Fire.  Look at the wind shift that happened about 2:30 PM.  Thank you to Hans Werner Braun and HPWren.



UNOFFICIAL Perimeter Map of Fire since Ignition yesterday.
http://www.arcgis.com/apps/PublicInformation/index.html?appid=0c12ac1e89c24075a2be145f4db6caf5


Saturday, May 20, 2017

GATE FIRE @ 800 ACRES

GATE FIRE UPDATES - 94 AT OTAY LAKES RD.

CALFIRESANDIEGO Twitter Feed:  https://twitter.com/CALFIRESANDIEGO

800 acres.  10% contained.  CHP posted that IF Dulzura is evacuated, all traffic to move eastbound on HWY 94, so will put hard closure at Marron Valley.  Just keeping it on the radar.  No evacuations to go WB on 94.

Section of fire moving toward Rancho Jamul Reserve from Otay Lakes Rd was stopped at Dulzura/Jamul Creek (near Honey Springs and 94).  Smoke has died down with winds.  Expect closure at Honey Springs throughout the night.  At this point, cars can turn left onto Honey Springs from 94.  People headed to Dulzura and beyond need to use Honey Springs to get home via Lyons Valley to Japatul. 

If heading home, suggest you take Jamul Drive to Skyline.  Traffic is being diverted from WB 94 up Honey Springs.  Lots of cars heading to Lyons Valley Rd to Japatul.  Only way to get east of Honey Springs. 

CHP at 5:08 PM:
IF DULZURA NEEDS TO EVACUATE //ANOTHER CLOSURE WILL BE NEEDED AT 94 /MARRON VALLEY BLOCKING WB TRFC AND DIRECTING THE EB//...  DO NOT WANT THEM GOING WB — WANT THEM GOING EB "

HPWREN at 5:37 PM:
HPWREN CAMERA FROM LYONS PEAK LOOKING SOUTH TO OTAY MTN.
http://hpwren.ucsd.edu/anim-a2/hpwren-iqeye14/hpwren-iqeye14.jpg



EARLIER PHOTOS FROM @CALFIRESANDIEGO TWITTERFEED: 



WILDFIRE — HWY 94 AT OTAY LAKES RD.

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CHP INCIDENT REPORTS

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VIEWS FROM HPWREN ATOP LYONS PEAK

VIDEO and PHOTOS from ABC 10 News 
http://www.10news.com/news/brush-fire-sparks-at-otay-lakes-road-near-highway-94


3:38 PM
FIRE AT OTAY LAKES RD.  NEAR BORDER CHECKPOINT.  WIND NOW BLOWING FROM WEST TO EAST.  NOT GETTING MUCH INFO ON THE SCANNER.  

May 20 2017 3:29PM [137] BC SIG ALERT RCS

May 20 2017 3:25PM [133] 63- HAS A 15 MIN ETA WILL CLOSE THE 188 
May 20 2017 3:04PM [121] 27 BOTH CODE 4 FIRE HAS REACHED THE RD ON OTAY LAKES TRYING TO PREVENT IT FROM JUMPING OVER
May 20 2017 2:41PM [116] CT UPDATED ETA FOR CLSR SR-94 AT SR-188 / 30-40 MINS
May 20 2017 2:39PM [115] 27 FIRE APPROACHING OTAY LAKES RD 
May 20 2017 2:39PM [114] 27- INQ IF 26 NEEDS ANY MORE SIGNS // NEEDS 26 NEG ON ANY MORE CVPD JUST GOT 1097 
May 20 2017 2:25PM [112] 27 -25 ARE BOTH 1097 // S10 HOW IS 27'S OTHER POST // 27 WILL RETURN TO HIS POST WHEN CLR HONEY SPRINGS///S10 FIRE IS NOW AT THE 94 / BP CHECKPOINT 




2:25 PM
CHP Incident 170520BC00561 
May 20 2017 2:19PM [110] A108-026 CORDS [CTY ROADS] 1097 WITH THE CLOSURE SIGNS ON WUESTE [@ Otay Lakes Rd] west side of lake.
May 20 2017 2:16PM [107] A108-027 NEED SOMEONE HONEY SPRINGS 94 // VEHS ARE TRYING TO BREAK THE CT [CalTrans] CLOSURE
May 20 2017 2:01PM [101] 108-S10 INQ WITH 25 AT DELZURA ///WOULD IT BE APPROPRIATE FOR V UNIT TO RELEAVE //25 AFFRIM SLOW INTERMITTEN TRFC AT THAT HARD CLOSURE
May 20 2017 2:00PM [100] S3-SGT WILLIAMS ADVS THAT 94 IS A HARD CLOSURE [no traffic permitted] // AS SOON AS WE GET NOTIFICATION FRM FIRE OTHERWISE NO ONE CAN GET THROUGH 
May 20 2017 1:56PM [98] 108-V3 ADVS CT NOW MADE THE HARD CLOSURE HONEY SPRINGS//94
May 20 2017 1:46PM [96] S4 INQ IF DELZURA IS CLOSED AS WELL // AFFIRM PER 27
May 20 2017 1:39PM [93] 2 CREW MBS FRM CORDS ER TO SPRING VALLEY YARD AND PROBABLY ETA 1 HOUR
May 20 2017 1:37PM [92] [Notification] [CHP]-I HAVE A FEMALE DRIVER WHO ADV THAT THERE IS A CLOSURE TO HER RES DUE TO THE FIRE, AND NO ONE IS ALLOWING HER TO PASS. DRIVER IS UPSET AND IS DEMANDING WE HAVE SOMEONE ESCORT HER TO HER RES SO SHE CAN RETRIEVE HER ANIMALS. 1021 SARGENT NO ANSWER 



2:20 PM

Eastbound 94 hard closure (both lanes, no cars allowed) Otay Lakes Rd to Tecate Turnoff (188).  Reporting some issues at Honey Springs with people going around barrier.  May move hard closure to bottom of Honey Springs.

2:02 PM
HEARING REPORT OF ANOTHER FIRE 94 AT BORDER PATROL CHECKPOINT.  



1:45 PM

FIRE HAS MOVED THROUGH PIO PICO CAMPGROUND AREA AND HEADING TO WUESTE RD AREA.


EARLIER:
OTAY LAKES FIRE HAS BEEN NAMED "GATE INCIDENT"
300-400 ACRES
BURNING TOWARD RANCHO JAMUL RESERVE 


VIEWS FROM HPWREN ATOP LYONS PEAK
West camera has best view of fire and direction it's heading.


Earlier view from Skyline TT and Lyons Valley Rd looking south.  Photo by J.Huggins

  • EVACUATING RESIDENTS AND CAMPERS AT PIO PICO.  GOING SMOOTHLY, BUT LOTS OF SMOKE.
  • RANCHO JAMUL RESERVE @ DALEY RANCH STAFF AND RESIDENTS HAVE BEEN ADVISED OF POSSIBLE EVACUATION   (Stay safe, Tracie, and everyone else!)
  • LOOKING FOR MISSING HIKERS IN AREA BEHIND PIO PICO— left to go hiking before fire broke out.

VIEW AT 1:34 PM


VIEW AT 1:18 PM

VIEW AT 1:02 PM

WEST VIEW FROM LYONS PEAK AT 12:36 PM