A Potpourri of Fire News

The Air Pollution Control District has issued a
Precautionary Smoke Advisory for the San Diego
Air Basin,
which encompasses San Diego

Small microscopic ash can enter the lungs through breathing
in unhealthy air conditions. If you are
in an area with visible smoke, or if you see ash falling or feel uncomfortable,
then avoid outdoor exercise and activity.
Persons with respiratory or heart disease should reduce activity even
further and remain indoors if possible.

A “Wildfire Smoke and Your Health” fact sheet is available
at www.sdapcd.org.

San Diego County District Attorney Bonnie M. Dumanis today
provided important consumer advice and assistance to residents dealing with the
county’s on-going wildfires. The DA’s Office offered information on everything
from insurance adjusters to charity scams, trying to keep residents of San Diego County from being re-victimized.

“Unfortunately, some individuals use this time of crisis to
take advantage of others,” said DA Dumanis. “We want people to know the
consumer rights and legal protections that are in place as they begin to
rebuild their lives.”

The District Attorney’s Office is warning residents to be aware
of … read more.

10-24-07 7:30 p.m. CAL FIRE provided the following updates
on fires.

Harris Fire

75,000 acres

10% contained

Full containment expected on the 28th and full control on
Nov. 4th.

1,341 firefighters assigned and 7 injuries to firefighters.

Cost to date to fight the fires is $3,400,000.

155 homes destroyed

250 homes damaged

2 commercial properties and 17 outbuildings destroyed.

The returning onshore flow has moved the fire to the northeast
threatening structures along Highway 94 from Jamul to the east, Lyons Valley
to the north. The regional communications equipment on Lyons Peak
was damaged by fire, cutting off power and destroying the back-up generator.
Crews installed a portable repeater to support fire communications. The fire
progressed north in the Barrett
area, consuming old,
heavy fuels.

Witch Fire

196,240 acres

20% contained

No estimated containment or control, but little fire spread.

2,331 firefighters assigned to this fire

Cost to date to fight the fires is $5 million

Fire progression has slowed to the west, southwest, and
northwest due to improvement in weather and resources assigned to the fire.
Conditions in these areas have improved to the point of evaluating the return
of some residents. Winds in the fire area are still variable with coastal
influence returning to valleys. Warm, dry and unstable conditions still exist
at the higher elevations and the eastern areas of the fire. The Poomacha Fire
continues to burn close to the north flank of the Witch Incident, they have NOT

Rice Fire

9,000 acres

20% contained

Full containment expected on the 28th, with full control
expected November 5th

1,095 firefighters assigned

Cost to date to fight the fires is $1,283,133

Poomacha Fire

35,000 acres

10 percent contained

719 firefighters assigned.

12 injuries to firefighters.

Expansion of incident in a north easterly direction due to
wind shifts. Fire increased in size due to extreme fire behavior, lack of
resources and wind shifts. Perimeter control has been initiated and structure
protection is still in place. Evacuation centers continue to be staffed and

Cost to date to fight the fires is $750,000.

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