County’s public health officer advises caution

The ash created by the various October 2007 fires may contain hazardous chemicals, and San Diego County’s public health officer is urging caution when handling ash. “The ash particle’s more than just the wood. It’s synthetic materials found in people’s homes,” said Dr. Wilma Wooten, the county’s public heath officer. “The best measure is to […]

FPUD provided with temporary chlorination facility

The burning of Red Mountain during the Fallbrook (Rice) Fire cost the Fallbrook Public Utility District the chlorination facility for FPUD’s Red Mountain Reservoir, but FPUD is currently using a temporary portable facility provided by the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California. The acquisition of the temporary chlorination facility was a combined effort of FPUD, […]

Post Office works to catch up

As the mandatory evacuation order is lifted in certain areas of Fallbrook, people returning back to the community have questions regarding their mail service, especially those who have sadly suffered the loss of their homes. “For those people whose homes have been destroyed by the fire, we are having them go to the Fallbrook Community […]

Boil Water Order for Rainbow Municipal Water District

Because the recent fire may have impacted the water quality, the California Department of Public Health in conjunction with the San Diego County Department of Environmental Health, and Rainbow Municipal Water District are advising residents of Rainbow Municipal Water District, located north of Highway 76, to use boiled tap water or bottled water for drinking […]

Reader Comments and News as of Wed morning

My husband and I were awakened at 2:00 a.m. by a reverse 911 call. The old abandoned nursery between East Mission and Gum Tree was on fire 100 yards away, and the flames were heading directly downwind toward us. We were out of the house within five minutes with our two dogs and two cats […]

(Wed) Temecula helps evacuees, faces fire

While escaping much of the devastation, the Temecula area grappled with a crippling freeway closure and waves of wildfire refugees from the south and west who flooded into a string of makeshift Red Cross centers. “We have been on the run from fires for the last two days,” said Manuel Renteria, a bedraggled Ramona resident […]

Behind the Line

It’s rare for a reporter to get the chance to write from behind the lines. That typically happens just once or twice in a career for most folk of my occupation and ilk. So I find myself lapsing into war correspondent mode. It might be easy to lapse into hyperbole from the edge of a […]

Merchants serve from the heart during fire

A handful of local merchants are clearly showing the level of dedication they have to their customers continuing to serve local residents that, for various reasons, did not evacuate due to the fire that began Monday, October 22. Sam Logan, owner of Major Market, kept his store open and was on site with a limited […]

Chamber fields thousands of calls

Since residents of Fallbrook were evacuated on Monday due to the severity of the fire conditions, the three phone lines at the Chamber of Commerce office have been a non-stop trio of blinking lights. “Roughly, we have been receiving three calls every thirty seconds,” said Chamber Executive Director Bob Leonard. Leonard and Chamber volunteers have […]