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Small San Elijo Hills Vegetation Fire

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A small vegetation fire was quickly contained at the entrance to San Elijo Hills, near the entrance to the old recycling plant South East of Albertsons. Calls came in from San Elijo Hills residents around 2:34 PM Sunday. A quick response from San Marcos Fire, and Elfin Forest Fire Department, quickly contained the fire. The cause of the fire is under investigation at this stage. Please report any suspicious activity to San Marcos Fire Department.

UPDATE 3:00 PM-The fire has flared up calling air support and help from CAL Fire. Please stay off the roads so emergency responders can get in fast.

Update 5:05 PM:

‪#‎MarketFire‬ Update: After an initial containment of a fire in the San Elijo Hills area, north county fire resources and ‪#‎CalFire‬ were deployed to 1500 block of San Elijo Road. Forward progress of the fire has been halted at four acres. No evacuations have been issued; no injuries or damage to property reported.

As fire crews work to achieve full containment and mop up, expect a road closure at the south entrance of San Elijo Road for at least two hours.


Strong Wind Storm

The biggest wind storm in the last 15 years hit San Elijo Hills last night. Winds gusting 40-50 MPH whipped through The Hills from 3:00 PM Sunday till early Monday Morning.

A transformer fire was reported near Double Peak School site on Attebury Drive, the San Marcos Fire Department quickly responded at 10:45 PM Sunday.

A swift water rescue was performed for three teens in Elfin Forest area

Shared neighborhood fences blew down in San Elijo Hills. Power was out in parts of Elfin Forest and Questhaven.

What did you experience?

3 Teens Rescued After Truck Goes into Creek in Elfin Forest| NBC 7 San Diego

Three teens driving around Elfin Forest found themselves in a dangerous situation Sunday when the truck they were driving was swept away by the strong current of a creek.

“We just kind of floated down river, like just kind of took us down and we kind of flipped over,” Ben Ripley and Ricky Heidt told NBC 7. “Our friend drove through that this morning and he thought he could make it a little after and we just took off and lost control of the water, flipping back and forth, on top of each other the car hit something.”

The teens had decided to drive through the creek for fun. The incident happened around 6:44 p.m. in the Elfin Forest. The rescue was complicated because of the tall trees around where the truck had gone in.

Source:  http://www.nbcsandiego.com/news/local/3-Men-Rescued-After-Truck-Goes-into-Creek-in-N-County–367171981.html#ixzz3yw9MIyFu

Elfin Forest

Source: 3 Teens Rescued After Truck Goes into Creek in N. County | NBC 7 San Diego

Rocky Fire in Elfin Forest

View of Rocky Fire from ridge above Cambria

“Rocky” Fire in Elfin Forest is contained at 3.5 acres. Quick action on the ground and from water drop helicopters refilling in local reservoirs. The fire started around 2:30 pm. Sunday and started moving quickly in Elfin Forest. The fire started in the area of Elfin Oaks Road and Rocky Road. Smoke was visible from San Elijo Hills.

The fire burned 3.5 acres before crews had it fully contained in an hour and a half later, according to local fire officials. Three structures were threatened by the flames, and several homes were asked to evacuate.

Crews from Cal Fire, Elfin Forest Fire Department, and the San Marcos Fire Department responded with ground and air resources.

Pictures from Rocky Fire earlier today

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San Diego County Firefighters Say Thanks to San Marcos


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San Diego County Firefighters Recognize San Marcos Community Cooperation During Wildfires.

The event was attended by San Marcos Fire, Cal Fire, Elfin Forest Fire, San Diego County Sheriff, Daisy Troop 1326, San Marcos City officials and The City Council. The event was held at San Elijo Hills Fire station on Monday May 19th. Chief Nick Schuler of Cal Fire and Brett Van Way of San Marcos Fire thanked the community for evacuating quickly, preparing property with defensible space and the help from Velocitos Water, The Marines, The San Diego County Sheriff.

A couple things we learned from attending. 100% containment of the Cocos fire should come this week. Containment means a line around the entire fire with hand crews and bulldozers. Cal Fire will turn over incident command after full containment to San Marcos City Fire. In the days after the Cocos fire; Cal Fire used aircraft equipped with infrared to look for hot spots and provide maps for the crews on the ground to mop up. The DC-10 is not owned by Cal Fire and was a rented piece of equipment. They will further explore the opportunities to use the DC-10 more often in the future.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation. The winds were not as strong as the 2007 Coronado Hills Fire in San Marcos. Community education and workshops will take place in the future weeks/months to educate the community to be better prepared.

We asked Chief Brett Van Wey of San Marcos Fire Department how San Elijo Hills can show their appreciation. He was humble and asked that we support the City of San Marcos event currently being planned.  The City will make a formal announcement on this event soon. They are working on the location and date. The fire fighters appreciate the simple thanks! Many expressed that they do the job because it’s a calling for them. This is what they are born to do.  They asked that we listen in times of crisis, be prepared for such emergencies and they love defensible space.

If you would like to thank Cal Fire for their incredible help; we recommend sending thank you letters, that can be sent to Sacramento, that show how effective a job they did in an urban and brush setting. Send letters to Chief Nick Schuler of Cal Fire San Diego Unit 8709 Circle R Drive, Escondido, CA 92026

The San Elijo Hills Foundation, The San Elijo Hills Association, SEH groups and clubs are also working collaboratively on ways to honer the fire departments, 1st responders, and help victims.