Thursday, December 28, 2017

MOUNTAIN LION SIGHTINGS


This was published in the Deerhorn Valley Antler in 2014.
Still great information. (Click image for larger—readable—view!)

There have been at least three mountain lion sightings in our area during the last few weeks— one near The Elenas and another near Deerhorn Valley Rd & Honey Springs.
This was posted on the Jamul FB page this morning by AJ Gonzalez, who lives down by DV Rd and Honey Springs:
"To all our Deerhorn neighbors. Last night our dogs caused a lot of commotion. Turns out that there was a mountain lion on the property. It hung out for a good while. Just relaxing on the rocks. Driving thedogs to go nuts."
The sighting near Mt. Elena Way was about a week ago, and most likely the same animal.
Lions will often go for easy-pickin's— goats, etc.— but their favorite prey is deer, and we've had a fair number of of those lately. The drought and lack of forage is driving them down into lower areas to graze. And the predators follow.
Just keep your animals/pets close-by— or inside— at night. Chickens should be in a fully-caged [protective screening on top]. Lions climb trees to rest and wait for deer, and fences are not much of a deterrent. 

Here's a article we ran in the Antler in 2014 about when we had several sightings and couple of kills a lion here in Deerhorn. Most of the lions in SD County are tagged, and it's rare to have one cross I-8 from the east. They are always a reminder that we live in the country— kinda keeps us humble. I treasure the sightings I've made over the years.
This is a good brochure on the basics of protecting your livestock and pets from predators, including mountain lions: http://www.mountainlion.org/Library/MLF_Publications/AA-O-MLF-2014-Protecting-Pets-and-Livestock-Brochure.pdf

Sunday, December 10, 2017

THANK YOU FIREFIGHTERS...

4:00 PM UPDATE
HI WIND WARNING EXPIRED AT 4:00 PM
RED FLAG WARNING EXPIRES AT 8:00 PM
Wheeww!
VERY DRY CONDITIONS REST OF WEEK
(STAY ALERT & SEND SOME RAIN REQUESTS!)


Our firefighters deserve so more than we can possibly give. I hope they get home to some hugs, warm showers, and rest. We are thankful for each and every one of them.


I feel like we dodged a bullet this week. Now back to just normal fire conditions (bad enough) without the Purple Extreme.

It's been calm in The Elenas for the last few hours. Cloud cover has moved over us from the west, so humidity levels should be coming up.

The Red Flag warning is still scheduled to expire in a few hours at 8:00 PM.

Power outages in Dulzura, Morena, etc. not due for restoration until Tuesday. Other areas by tomorrow.

If you suffered any losses due to power loss (food spoilage, etc.) there is a claim form here:

I think we all deserve a little break from the high alert for so many days.
Everyone:  Rest. Enjoy. Kiss your loved ones.


Outage/restoration info for nearby communities:

Circuit Affected: 0448
Dulzura/ Potrero/ Campo, Live Oak Springs/ Boulevard/ Jacumba, Japatul Valley/ Buckman Springs/ Morena Village
Customers Out: 985
Start Time: Dec 10 07:43 AM  Estimated Restoration: Dec 12 4:00 PM
Outage Status: We've turned off the power for safety.

Circuit Affected: 0157
Dulzura/ Potrero/ Campo
Customers Out: 338
Start Time: Dec 10 07:46 AM  Estimated Restoration: Dec 12 4:00 PM
Outage Status: We've turned off the power for safety.

Circuit Affected: 0075  
Dulzura/ Potrero/ Campo, Sunnyside/ Otay Lake/ Otay Mesa
Customers Out: 16
Start Time: Dec 10 02:33 AM  Estimated Restoration: Dec 11 4:00 PM
Outage Status: SDG&E is assessing the outage to determine the cause.

EARLIER TODAY...
POWER OUTAGES:



PEAK WINDS:
NOTE: SDG&E has turned off power immediately east of us— Circuit 0157 affecting 337 customers in Dulzura and east.  Deerhorn (#067) is on an adjacent circuit.  I don't know if there was any warning, but it was "turned off for safety reasons."

There has also been a report of one customer dependent on breathing apparatus, who was without power and suffering dizziness and lack of oxygen.  Firefighters and neighbors responded.  These are times when we need to remember to count our blessings, along with experiencing the worry and fear.  I am so grateful for this social media that helps keep us informed, and for everyone who is posting on the various Facebook pages.  In 2007 Harris Fire we did not know for many days whether homes were still standing.

There is a fire burning about 2-3 miles south of the border near Shockey Truck Trail in Campo.  FF's say there is no current threat to U.S.  Wind direction is blowing from N and E... so away from border.  Bomberos are in vicinity attempting to attack it.  Another time to feel grateful for our fire fighters and their equipment.

EARLIER...
SUNDAY 12/10/2017
6:30 AM
DAY FIVE EXTREME WINDS EVENT
Looks like a long day ahead.  Power has been turned off in many communities to our east and also a small circuit in Jamul (47 customers). Winds are blowing here in the Elenas (where we are fairly protected). Feels like last Thursday, maybe stronger. Nothing yet from scanner. Please post any info on fires, trees down. Also, Brush Fire Partyline https://www.facebook.com/bfpartyline/ has a post pinned to the top of their page for reports of new fires: good page to monitor for as long as we have power. Peak gust in Deerhorn (Sierra Cielo monitor) during last hour is 25mph. Much higher to north, east.
Let's all stay safe and alert. Please post with any emergency info. We need everyone's eyes and ears today. Hugs to you all.
Here are wind gusts for last hour from monitor stations:

POWER OUTAGE MAP


QUICK PREP LIST:
  • Battery-powered radio with extra batteries. Flashlights.
  • Generator— Extra fuel.  Check to see you know how to use it and it works.
  • Have enough water on hand— especially if power is off.  Fill tubs, trashcans ahead of time.  Top up while there is power.
  • Food for three days.
  • Information— While we have power, monitor TV/radio/internet — Keep eyes and ears on outside conditions — Don't wait for evacuation orders if you see fire or feel threatened.
  • Animals— what is your plan for them?  If evacuating to shelter, bring crates for dogs/cats. Write cell# on horses, larger animals.
  • Access— Make sure emergency responders can get through gates. Today I put full trashcans of water, ladders, and shovels out where they can be seen.

—BE VIGILANT—
REPORT ALL SMOKE IMMEDIATELY TO 911
DISPATCHER WILL TRANSFER YOU TO FIRE DEPT
____________________
CALFIRE NEEDS YOUR EYES AND NOSES!

Friday, December 8, 2017

VEGETATION FIRE JAPATUL

POSITIVE NEWS!
https://www.facebook.com/Brush-Fire-Partyline-Alerts-Information-San-Diego-Area-278710468991097/

FIREFIGHTERS JUMPED ALL OVER THIS
AIR ATTACK, ETC
NOW RELEASING 3 CREWS  
YES!
THANK YOU FIREFIGHTERS!

JAPATUL - I-8 South side of freeway
UPDATE 10:43am: "Fire's looking good. Releasing 3 crews"
10:29am: 'Looking good from vantage-point. Water drops going well.'
9:49am: Units incoming -- air attack, Cal Fire, CNF, Heartland

RED FLAG WARNING* IS IN EFFECT THRU SUNDAY 8 PM




EARLIER:......................................................

JAPATUL - I-8 South side of freeway

Moderate to Fast ROS towards Viejas Honor Camp
3 to 4 acres
1/2 mile west of Japatul
"Heavy-header showing" " If crosses road, potential for major wildfire"

UPDATE 9:49am: Units incoming -- air attack, Cal Fire, CNF, Heartland

00362 9:29 AM Report of Fire I8 E / SR79 WO (JAPATUL VALLEY) EB JWO ON SOUTH SIDE

Incident: 00362 Type: Report of Fire Location: I8 E / SR79 WO (JAPATUL VALLEY) Loc Desc: EB JWO ON SOUTH SIDE Lat/Lon: 32.831218 -116.628999

Incident: 00362 Type: Report of Fire Location: I8 E / SR79 WO (JAPATUL VALLEY) Loc Desc: EB JWO ON SOUTH SIDE Lat/Lon: 32.831218 -116.628999


CHP Detail Information
10:02 AM 12 [42] 108-L1 CPZ FIRE INFO
9:59 AM 11 [41] START CT FOR CONES FOR CLOSURE OF EB #3 LANE
9:50 AM 10 [36] [Notification] [CHP]-[35] PER STAM, REQ CHP COME IN WITH A TRAFFIC BRK EB 8 JWO SR79 SO THEY CAN BRING IN THEIR EQUIPMENT [Shared]
9:50 AM 9 [35] PER STAM, REQ CHP COME IN WITH A TRAFFIC BRK EB 8 JWO SR79 SO THEY CAN BRING IN THEIR EQUIPMENT
9:48 AM 8 [33] [Appended, 09:48:29] [1] RP CALLING ABOUT FIRE LOG 362
9:44 AM 7 [32] A108-085 UTL ANY CAMPERS ON FIRE / ALL JEO 79 IS CLR / WIND IS BLOWING SOUTH-WEST
9:40 AM 6 [27] A108-085 ON MY ARRIVAL, WIT ADVS HE DID NOT SEE ANY VEHS AROUND
9:37 AM 5 [25] [Appended, 09:37:55] [1] RP SEES THE FIRE FROM HIS RRR
9:32 AM 4 [18] [Appended, 09:32:37] [1] SEVERAL VEHS PULLED OVER// MALES OO THEIR VEHS TRYING TO ASSIST
9:30 AM 3 [12] [2] BRUSH FIRE ON THE SHOULDER
9:30 AM 2 [2] LARGE BRUSH FIRE STARTING
9:30 AM 1 [6] [1] FIRE ON RS


Thursday, December 7, 2017

"PURPLE" WINDS... HIGH-EXTREME WILDFIRE THREAT OVER NEXT SEVERAL DAYS...


THE WINDS ARE HERE
SO FAR CONDITIONS ARE MODERATE IN DEERHORN

3:00 PM UPDATE VIA ANTLER ALERTS
 

ACTIVE FIRES:
LILAC FIRE (TEMECULA AREA)  
EVACUATIONS IN PROGRESS; 1,000 STRUCTURES THREATENED; REPORTS OF HOMES BURNING; JUST RECEIVED A COUNTY ALERT ON SITUATION via CELLPHONE;  MANDATORY EVACUATIONS; ANIMAL RESCUE IN PROGRESS; EVACUATION CENTERS OPENED AT FALLBROOK HIGH SCHOOL, PECHANGA & PALA CASINOS.  OWNERS W LARGE ANIMALS ENCOURAGED TO EVACUATE NOW.
PER CALFIRE:
  • The fire is growing at a dangerous rate of spread with structures threatened. Five structures have been destroyed & an unknown amount has been damaged.


 
BORDER FIRE:
EAST OF TIJUANA, NOW BURNING TOWARD OTAY MESA; LARGE PLUME STILL VISIBLE FORM DEERHORN, HAS FLATTENED IN AFTERNOON WINDS.

POWER OUTAGES:  AS OF 3:00 PM
SDG&E HAS TURNED OFF POWER TO DULZURA, POTRERO, CAMPO; CURRENT MAP OF OUTAGES:
 

EARLIER...
REPORTING VEGETATION FIRE— BORDER AREA — 

This is almost same area as yesterday's fire.  From Lyons Peak, south camera has a good view looking toward Otay Mtn. on the right, with the header just behind.  This is downwind and away from our area at this time.

MAP OF AREAS WITHOUT POWER AT 11:30 AM

Peak winds above 30mph (Sierra Cielo monitor) during the last hour. SDG&E will monitor and make decision to cut power.  Be ready.

EXTREME CONDITIONS CONTINUE TO BUILD
RED FLAG WARNING* IS IN EFFECT THRU SATURDAY 8 PM

FIRE THREAT INDEX IS "PURPLE":  A NEW LEVEL OF DANGER


QUICK PREP LIST:
  • Battery-powered radio with extra batteries. Flashlights.
  • Generator— Extra fuel.  Check to see you know how to use it and it works.
  • Have enough water on hand— especially if power is off.  Fill tubs, trashcans ahead of time.  Top up while there is power.
  • Food for three days.
  • While we have power, monitor TV/radio/internet — Keep eyes and ears on outside conditioins — Don't wait for evacuation orders if you see fire.
  • Animals— what is your plan for them?  If evacuating to shelter, bring crates for dogs/cats. Write cell# on horses, larger animals.

    —BE VIGILANT—
    REPORT ALL SMOKE IMMEDIATELY TO 911 
    DISPATCHER WILL TRANSFER YOU TO FIRE DEPT
____________________
CALFIRE NEEDS YOUR EYES AND NOSES!