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Extinguished portions of the Juliet Fire are easily visible from homes in the Sleeping Indian area of Fallbrook. The fire is now 75% contained.
Smoke billows from the Camp Pendleton fire burning near Oceanside and Fallbrook.
Smoke billows from the Camp Pendleton fire burning near Oceanside and Fallbrook.
Fallbrook residents continue to see the smoke from the nearby Juliet Fire, which has burned 3,000 acres on Camp Pendleton since Monday afternoon at 3 p.m.
Fallbrook residents continue to see the smoke from the nearby Juliet Fire, which has burned 3,000 acres on Camp Pendleton since Monday afternoon at 3 ...

Base fire now 90% contained


Monday, October 13th, 2008
Issue 42, Volume 12.
Andrea Verdin
Staff Writer


The Juliet Fire that ignited at about 3 p.m. Monday afternoon on Camp Pendleton, is now 90% contained, according to fire officials. The blaze, which started on the southern portion of the Base, near the San Luis Rey (Vandergrift) gate, has now consumed 4,000 acres. Shortly after the fire erupted, a second one broke out about 4 p.m., merging with the first fire within two hours.

Camp Pendleton officials have said the cause of the fire is under investigation and states that no live fire or incendiary training was being conducted in the training area at the time the blaze began.

Multiple agencies including the U.S. Forest Service (USFS) and Cal Fire have assisted Camp Pendleton with fire fighting equipment and 150 firefighting personnel. Cal Fire has provided two strike teams of engines (10 engines), one helicopter, two fire crews, one air tanker, and five overhead. The USFS has provided six engines, one air tanker, one helicopter, and three helicopters. The County of San Diego has provided two strike teams of local government engines – for structure protection, two Super Scoopers (that pick up water out of the ocean), and two helicopters.

On Monday evening, due to changes in the wind pattern, the fire posed significant threat to homes in the Sleeping Indian area of Fallbrook. The San Diego County Sheriff’s Department and North County Fire Protection District took precautionary measures and evacuated residents of Sleeping Indian Road from Conejo Road south; Wilshire Road, and all roads leading off Wilshire.

Approximately 50 homes in the Fallbrook area were evacuated for close to 24 hours. Representatives from the Sheriff's department went door to door and the ‘reverse 911’ notification system was activated in those neighborhoods.

Carmen Rodriguez, a Fallbrook resident with a private horse boarding establishment on her property on the south side of Wilshire, evacuated before the official call was made, as she had to prepare and transport 25 horses, her family and pets to safety, which took her two and a half hours to accomplish.

"I couldn't wait to see if the fire was or wasn't coming," said Rodriguez. "If I had waited, I would not have been let back into the area to be able to transport the horses."

Wind conditions also pushed the fire to the South, endangering homes in the North River Road area of Oceanside. The County of San Diego reported that the City of Oceanside activated their AlertSanDiego notification system to make evacuation calls to 1,025 Oceanside homes, while Camp Pendleton assumed responsibility for evacuating homes on Base.

The Red Cross set up an evacuation center at El Camino High School in Oceanside for evacuees, and Camp Pendleton residents displaced from their homes have been housed in the Stuart Mesa Lincoln Military Housing on base with food, water and basic toiletries being distributed to both sites.

Officials say no homes have been lost in the Juliet Fire and only one injury (to a firefighter) has been reported.

(BELOW ARE PREVIOUS UPDATES BY VILLAGE NEWS MANAGING EDITOR DEBBIE RAMSEY POSTED TO THIS WEB SITE ABOUT THE FIRE.....)


UPDATE

Wednesday, Oct. 15, 9:20 a.m.

Camp Pendleton has reported that the Juliet Fire has now consumed 3,980 acres and is 75% contained.

Battling the blaze has involved 69 fire engines, 3 bulldozers, 11 fire crews, 3 water tenders, 3 helicopters (1 of which is a helitanker), 42 overhead positions, and 679 firefighters).

No homes have been lost in the firestorm. An injury was sustained by one firefighter. Predicted weather for today is temperatures in the 90s and a wind speed of five miles per hour from the north.

Fallbrook residents in the Sleeping Indian hills area have been allowed to return to their homes, but areas on Pendleton remain evacuated due to fire hazard and damaged infrastructure.


UPDATE

Tuesday, Oct. 14, 1:05 p.m.

North County Fire has reported that portions of Sleeping Indian Road, Wilshire, and other streets evacuated in the Fallbrook area due to the Juliet Fire have now been re-opened to residents with proof of address.

"The status has been changed and residents who live in the area that has been evacuated will be allowed back on the roadways," said John Buchanan, public information officer.

Buchanan went on to explain the the command center has made the decision to open the affected roadways to the general public at 10 p.m. tonight as the fire risk has decreased.


UPDATE

Tuesday, Oct. 14, 11:35 a.m.

John Buchanan, public information officer for North County Fire has just reported that the evacuation order has not yet been lifted for approximately 50 homes in Fallbrook's Sleeping Indian area.

"A thorough assessment was just conducted and the decision was made to keep that area evacuated during the day today," Buchanan said. "Another assessment will take place at 6 p.m. tonight and we will advise residents if any can return at that time."

The Juliet Fire, which has burned 3,000 acres on Camp Pendleton, and caused the threat to the Fallbrook homes, started yesterday at approximately 3 p.m. and is only 25% contained.

At this time, the evacuation order for some areas of northern Oceanside have been lifted, but fire officials still feel there is too much risk to lift the order for the Sleeping Indian area.


UPDATE

Tuesday, Oct. 14, 8:25 a.m.

North County Fire has reported that the Juliet Fire on Camp Pendleton remains 25% contained as wind conditions "cooperated" through the night.

The fire threat in Fallbrook's Sleeping Indian area has subsided and officials are currently in the process of reassessing the level of concern for the area.

"It looks like residents that were evacuated may be allowed back in within the hour; but we don't have an official order yet," said NCFPD's John Buchanan.

Bonsall Union School District officials say Bonsall West Elementary School will be closed today.

See previous information.


UPDATE

Tuesday, Oct. 14, 6 a.m.

Authorities report that the Juliet Fire on Camp Pendleton has consumed 3,000 acres and is now 25% contained.

Firefighters have worked steadily through the night to make headway towards extinguishing the fire that has threatened homes on Base as well as some 1,500 nearby homes in Oceanside and approximately 50 homes off Sleeping Indian Road in Fallbrook.

The cause of the fire is unknown at this time, but Camp Pendleton officials have confirmed that there were no live fire or incendiary training being conducted in the Juliet training area when the blaze began.

Camp Pendleton says all mililtary personnel and civilian employees should report to work on schedule today and allow extra time for heavy traffic. The Vandergrift gate remains closed but all others are open. All schools on Base are open as well, except for certain child development centers. Call the Base hotline for information on those centers at (760) 725-9045.

No homes have been lost in the firestorm and no injuries have been sustained.

North County Fire Protection District will provide an update for Fallbrook residents at approximately 7:30 a.m. New assessments are being made as to when evacuated residents may be able to return to their homes.


UPDATE

Tuesday, Oct. 14, 12:15 a.m.

North County Fire PRotection District has just reported that Fallbrook residents evacuated from their homes on Sleeping Indian Road in select neighborhoods may be allowed back in their homes in a relatively short time.

"We are constantly reassessing the fire threat every few hours and if conditions continue to improve as hoped, these residents may be allowed back into their homes later today (Tuesday)," said John Buchanan, public information officer. "As soon as it is safe enough to do so, people will be allowed back in."

Buchanan said conditions earlier were so volatile that authorities were concerned for the safety of residents in those neighborhoods but weather conditions have begun to improve through the night.

As of this writing, no homes have been lost on Camp Pendleton, in Oceanside or Fallbrook. Close to 1,500 homes in Oceanside and 50 in Fallbrook have been evacuated due to the fire, as well as an undisclosed number on Base.

Bonsall West Elementary School Librarian Mishell Rose contacted the Village News and said, "Bonsall West Elementary School is closed on Tuesday, Oct. 14 due to the Juliet Fire. Principal Eric Kosch sent a recorded message to all Bonsall West families late [Monday] evening."

Camp Pendleton employees can call a hotline established to field questions regarding reporting for work, etc. Call (760) 725-9045.

Read previous information below. Watch this Web site for updates. Provided conditions remain the same or continue to improve, fire authorities say the next update will Advertisement
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UPDATE

Monday, Oct. 13, 10:15 p.m.

North County Fire Protection District has reported that a decision has been made to evacuate homes located in certain parts of Sleeping Indian Road due to a change in wind and increasing danger from a fire that has now burned about 1,200 acres on Camp Pendleton.

"We are evacuating homes on Sleeping Indian from Conejo Road south; Wilshire Road and all roads that lead off Wilshire," said NCFPD's John Buchanan.

Buchanan said the Sheriff's Dept will begin making door-to-door contacts in these areas and that the County has been asked to activate the Reverse 911 notification system in those neighborhoods.

"I believe we are talking about approximately 50 homes that they are going to evacuate," said Buchanan.

Buchanan said the decision to evacuate the homes was a safety precaution, not that the homes are in imminent danger.

Some area residents have told the Village News that fire engines are strategically placed near homes on Sleeping Indian Road.

Approximately 1,500 homes in northern Oceanside have been evacuated due to the fire. The Red Cross has set up an evacuation center at El Camino High School in Oceanside.

***No homes have been lost at this time on Camp Pendleton, in Oceanside or Fallbrook due to the fire.***

Camp Pendleton just issued the following summary:

"Federal, state, local and military firefighting agencies continue to fight the brush fire that started at approximately 3:00 p.m. today in the Juliet Training Area here. The cause of the fire is unknown, but no live fire or incendiary training was being conducted.

The fire forced the evacuation of the Serra Mesa and San Luis Rey Housing Areas. Upwards of 2,000 personnel were impacted.

The Juliet fire, which is currently being fought under a joint command of Camp Pendleton Fire and the Oceanside Fire Department, has burned approximately 1,200 acres on Camp Pendleton.

"There has been a well coordinated effort to fight this fire," said Col. James B. Seaton III, Commanding Officer of Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton. "This is a great example of the effectiveness of the robust mutual aid agreements between Camp Pendleton and civilian agencies."

Back-burning operations are currently underway to attempt to tie the Juliet fire into the burn area of last week’s November fire.

As of this report, no deaths or injuries have been reported, and no structures have been destroyed.

"The muscular effort displayed in fighting this fire is a testament to the San Diego County leadership and their thorough preparations for the fire season," said Seaton. "The rapid, robust air attack by civilian firefighting aircraft and ground crews saved homes aboard Camp Pendleton."

Special information for Camp Pendleton residents:

"Camp Pendleton residents displaced from their homes should report to the Stuart Mesa Lincoln Military Housing Office, Building 310001 in Camp Pendleton’s 31 Area. The Paige Field House, in the 11 Area, is serving as initial collection point only.

Stuart Mesa Housing is accepting displaced residents, and an American Red Cross site has been established there, and is distributing food, water, and basic toiletries. The exchanges in Stuart Mesa and Del Mar are also extending their hours until 2200.

The San Luis Rey Gate is currently closed, as is the section of Vandergrift Blvd. from the San Luis Rey Gate to Rattlesnake Canyon Rd.

Camp Pendleton residents can refer to the Base Web site, at www.pendleton.usmc.mil. In addition, Camp Pendleton personnel looking for information on their work schedules for Tuesday should also refer to the Base Web site or their Battalion command. When a decision has been reached, it will be posted on these resources.

See previous coverage for more information. Watch the Village News Web site for updates.


UPDATE

Monday, Oct. 13, 7:45 p.m.

North County Fire has reported that the Camp Pendleton fire, now named the Juliet Fire, has consumed approximately 1,200 acres is continuing to burn to the South, toward Oceanside. Approximately 15 fire engines have been lined up along Sleeping Indian Road, where a fire break has been established, in the event fire suppression is required on the Fallbrook line. Sleeping Indian Road has been closed from Burma Road to Oceanside.

John Buchanan, public information officer for NCFPD, advises Fallbrook/Bonsall residents on Sleeping Indian Road to be prepared for evacuation if the need arises. Buchanan said Sleeping Indian would ONLY be evacuated if the wind changes direction.

"It's close, but as long as the wind stays the way it is, it is favorable to [Fallbrook]," Buchanan said.

See more information below.


UPDATE

Monday, Oct. 13, 6 p.m.

North County Fire Chief Bill Metcalf reports that the 500-acre brush fire burning on Camp Pendleton has reached but not crossed a fire break established along the Sleeping Indian Road area of Fallbrook.

Metcalf says that current wind conditions are pushing the fire to the South, endangering the North River Road area of Oceanside currently.

Reports are coming in that Bonsall West Elementary School was evacuated, but that is as yet unconfirmed with officials.

The County of San Diego has reported that the City of Oceanside has activated their AlertSanDiego notification system to call 1,025 homes for mandatory evacuations. In addition, Camp Pendleton has evacuated homes on the base. The Sheriff’s Department has 31 deputies responding to assist on Camp Pendleton.

The fire is comprised of two separate fires that began on Base between 3 and 4 p.m. and converged into one about 5 p.m.

Numerous agencies are assisting Camp Pendleton.


UPDATE

Monday, Oct. 13, 5 p.m.

It has now been reported that two brush fires are underway on Camp Pendleton and have consumed more than 300 acres.

The fires are in close proximity to each other and will probably burn together shortly and are being treated as one fire.

The U.S. Forest Service (USFS) and Cal Fire are now assisting Camp Pendleton with fire fighting equipment and 150 firefighting personnel.

Cal Fire has sent 2 strike teams of engines (10 engines), 1 helicopter, 2 fire crews, 1 airtanker, and 5 overhead. The USFS has provided 6 engines, 1 airtanker, 1 helicopter, and 3 overhead

County of San Diego has provided 2 strike teams of local government engines – for structure protection, 2 Super Scoopers, and 2 overhead

North County Fire says the fire has not jumped the fire break into Fallbrook.

The San Diego County Office of Emergency Services wishes to remind residents they can get up-to-date fire information by calling 2-1-1.


UPDATE

Monday, October 13, 4:50 p.m.

North County Fire has reported that the Camp Pendleton fire has consumed 75 acres and has now reached the fire break to Fallbrook's Sleeping Indian area. Residents in the Sleeping Indian area have been told to prepare themselves for evacuation in the event it becomes necessary.

NCFPD Chief Bill Metcalf reports that although the fire has reached the fire break (Fallbrook line), the winds are currently "cooperating" so as to keep the fire from jumping the line.

Oceanside Police Department has issued a mandatory evacuation for streets near Alexandrine Court and Papagallo Court, as the threat is imminent in that area. The American Red Cross has established an evacuation center in Oceanside at El Camino High School, 400 Rancho Del Oro Dr, Oceanside, CA 92057.

Two County SuperScoopers are assisting with the firefighting effort.

The Sheriff’s Department has been requested to provide staff to Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton.


UPDATE

Monday, Oct. 13, 3:55 p.m.

Camp Pendleton Fire reports that the fire is completely on the Marine Corps Base and located in the Southern portion near the San Luis Rey (Vandergrift) gate.

Some news sources are saying some housing developments on Papagallo Road and Alexandrine Court are at risk, but officials on Base say no structures are being threatened. However, horses located in a riding area on Base have been temporarily moved.

Fire officials say they will provide another update for Village News readers/Fallbrook residents at 4:15 p.m.

The Sheriff's Fallbrook Substation has set up a command post on Sleeping Indian Road just as a precautionary meaure.

Camp Pendleton now promises update at 4:40 p.m.


FIRST NEWS UPDATE

Monday, Oct. 13, 3:15 p.m.

At approximately 3 p.m. today, Monday, October 13, residents in the area of Sleeping Indian and Wilshire reported they could see flames from a fire.

North County Fire has informed the Village News that the fire is on Camp Pendleton and burning toward the west. Public Information Officer John Buchanan said homes in the Fallbrook area are not at risk at this time.


 

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Comment #1
How big is it now?
Comment Profile Imagesprout knight
Comment #2
dude I can see the smoke and taste the ash,it's pretty much in my backyard!
Comment Profile ImageBird
Comment #3
I can see the smoke from my work window.
Comment Profile ImageJoseph
Comment #4
the smoke is all the way to the cost with the wind
Comment Profile ImageChristopher
Comment #5
Those army men shouldnt be allowed to practice on such windy days. Jeopardizing all those homes is just ridiculous.
Comment Profile ImageDC
Comment #6
Where are you guys that are commenting? Fallbrook?
Comment Profile Imagespud
Comment #7
Where on Campen is it?
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Comment #8
We can't see the smoke but we can smell it. My mother who lives with us drove around and saw that is was huge! She saw the smoke but didn't get close enough to see any flames.
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Comment #9
What i want to know is how big it is. Can anyb one see smoke east of campenalton? Is it to the border of the base?
Comment Profile ImageFreaked
Comment #10
This is scary.
Comment Profile ImageChristopher
Comment #11
"Those army men shouldnt be allowed to practice on such windy days. Jeopardizing all those homes is just ridiculous."

Because the terrorists don't practice on windy days either?

FYI it's a Marine Corps Base.
Comment Profile ImageMarinetracker
Comment #12
those Army guys, first of all we are Marines not Army. Secondly the cause is not determined and not at or near any ranges so to say we caused it by training is ridiculous. And believe it or not us training keeps you safe at night and save our life's where ever we need to operate. But i love all you guys and hope you appreciate us as much as i appreciate the civilians i joined to protect.
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Comment #13
Thay have the equipment to put it out, but if they wait, then the wind will blow it out of the base, and if that happens then they will pobably have to let regular fire men take care of it. It will take a lot longer that way, and might not get it out on time.
Comment Profile ImagePlease inform us
Comment #14
Let us know how close it's to jeopardizing Fallbrook is there any chance for it to come this way . I guess it depends on the winds . Almost a year now and here is the second fire besides the one in LA
Comment Profile Imagecalmandnotfreaked
Comment #15
It's JUST a fire guys! No reason to get freaked unless you are living right there and refusing to leave after being told to evacuate. It's on Camp Pendleton toward the gate...it's moving south west. In the San Luis Rey area.
Comment Profile ImageKristen
Comment #16
Is it near Sycamore Springs?
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Comment #17
What is causing the fire if it is not the training? There are fires every month there about.
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Comment #18
Were is the update? Its 4:21...
Im not too worried, unless it crosses the base' boreder
Comment Profile ImageStill worried
Comment #19
Even though it's under control there are still strong winds and that no one can control !! Just being cautious .
Comment Profile Imagelong time resident
Comment #20
It's a MILITARY BASE!!! They were here first. Deal with it or move to the desert and live in a bunker.
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Comment #21
To still worried update has moved to 4:40
Comment Profile Imagecalmandnotfreaked
Comment #22
It's still on the base, but the houses just outside of the back gate have been evacuated.
Comment Profile ImageLADYLEATHERNECK
Comment #23
Army guys? Get a clue. This is a MARINE CORPS base, big difference between soldiers and Marines. You should know that if you live hear. PLEASE!
Comment Profile ImageProud American
Comment #24
props to the guy regulating the dumbass that doesn't even know what Camp Pendleton is. Have a little respect for your country...
Comment Profile ImageTom
Comment #25
Today is a holiday. Their not working!
Comment Profile Imageewa
Comment #26
how contained and how big is it??
Comment Profile Imageme
Comment #27
Not a fire every month. there's been three in the past three weeks. what are they doing over there? president bush is probably starting them.
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Comment #28
the difference betweeen army men and MARINES is that the marines usually have a small man's complex.
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Comment #29
Will the person who's user name is ME not put down the goverment so much, I bet you couldn't do anythign as good if u were up there
Comment Profile Imagecalmandnotfreaked
Comment #30
Papagallo and Alexandrine neighborhoods and San Luis Rey housing district on the base....fire is heading south west from there. These have all been evacuated.
Comment Profile Imagerebecca
Comment #31
I'm high in rancho del oro and it appears to be right at the back gate. I can see all the houses high in Arrowood and it appears as though they are not threatened at this time. But it looks like the aircraft are dropping right next to them.Smoke is BLACK and highly toxic. close your windows! it looks like there is a couple of new outbreaks east of there though.
Comment Profile Imageokguys
Comment #32
Enough with the quarrelling...it was a misconception is all.

Anyway...any more news about the fire? Where's our update?
Comment Profile Imagecalmandnotfreaked
Comment #33
Fire is pretty big, but firefighters are doing a great job at preventing the fire from moving towards the homes. Winds are blowing Southwest at about 12 mph...not too bad.
Comment Profile Imagerebecca
Comment #34
I think they are evacuating Arrowood. Its within 50 yards of the community.
Comment Profile Imagecalmandnotfreaked
Comment #35
It's burned about 75 acres.
Comment Profile Imagerebecca
Comment #36
100 acres-rapidly growing. CalFire and oceanside fd are also onsite. I have seen 2 superscoopers and 2 larger planes constantly dropping.
Comment Profile ImageUSMC Eagle
Comment #37
My Marines live in the barracks on the edge of the Juliet Training Area. You can see the flames clearly from the parking lot of Bldg 140107. The 14 area barracks are being evacuated. The real consideration here is where will the 1000+ Marines live if they are unable to control the fires? Everyone should be concerned, not just those immediately affected. Semper Fi.
Comment Profile Imagecalmandnotfreaked
Comment #38
Let's just pray that this fire doesn't turn into last year's fire where it burned from Borrego Springs down to Rancho Bernardo!! We can be thankful that the winds are under control for right now. USMC Eagle: your marines are in my prayers! Semper Fi
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Comment #39
IS IT NEAR FALLBROOK?????? IS IT GROWING TO THE WEST AS WELL??? SHOULD WE EXCPECT EVACUATION OR IS IT UNDER CONTROLL???? HOW MUCH IS IT UNDERCONTROLL????
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Comment #40
That is an excelent idea. EVERY ONE OUT THERE, PRAY!!! If one can take a thousand and two can take 2,000, then how many can we take???? I am praying.
Comment Profile Imagerebecca
Comment #41
it appears to be still heading north west so I think you're fine in Fallbrook unless the winds change. The flames I can see are fire breaks I think...they are defineately on this one. I"ve lost count of the aircraft. Of course we only have a couple more hours until dark...
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Comment #42
I got to go now, but it looks like it might come in to Fallbrook for a little while. PLEASE, PRAY!!!!!
Comment Profile Imageme
Comment #43
Uh, 0.0: one can take a thousand? what??? i think its a scripture but what does that have to do with this fire???
Comment Profile Imagemomo
Comment #44
Thank you Village News for having some coverage - even the fire news sites don't have anything yet. I heard the Bonsall West Elementary School was evacuated (the after school program had students there). Any news about evacuations?
Comment Profile ImageChristopher
Comment #45
"Those army men shouldnt be allowed to practice on such windy days. Jeopardizing all those homes is just ridiculous."

Because the terrorists don't practice on windy days either?

FYI it's a Marine Corps Base.
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Comment #46
Thank you Village News for the update, does any one know if Fallbrook should be excpecting evacuations? Or is it going in the other derection?
Comment Profile Imagescgirl
Comment #47
Don't we all remember how fast the wind changed last year? Always be ready, always be prepared. This time of year, have your laundry caught up and know where your important papers are so you can grab and run, that's my motto.
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Comment #48
Ugg... I hope we dont have to evacuate, it seems BIG! How big is it compared to the fire last year?
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Comment #49
Any one have any view of the fire out there? I can't see it from here, all I can see is smoke... ANY INFORMATION PEOPLES?????? '0.0'
Comment Profile ImagePatrick berg
Comment #50
We live on Little Gopher Canyon Rd just south of Old River Rd (N/E Vista / Bonsall area) & the smoke seems thick & I can see an orange glow from here. Will post again latter if more details.
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Comment #51
TY! You mean the fire is all the way down there!! It must be in a semi-circle! I live in Fallbrook, I can see smoke that looks like it is from Bonsall/Pendleton area I hope it is under controll, or we will have to start filling the car again... Can you SEE any flames????
Comment Profile Imagefw
Comment #52
I just heard from my husband who is one of the fire fighters working on this fire. I pray that they will be safe and be able to contain this fire soon. God Bless all the firefighters.
Comment Profile Imagetony
Comment #53
The fire close to Fallbrook is approximately a quarter mile west of sleeping indian on the west side of the base fire break and slowly moving north. Wind is calm so far and smoke is going west for now. Homes on sleeping indian are not threatened at this time as long as the wind continues to blow from the North East. It will just be another long fire watch night..just like last year.
Comment Profile ImageFreemans
Comment #54
Well i live on stage coach in fallbrook and from where we live we can see the flames rising over the hill top
Comment Profile Imagedeja vu
Comment #55
Just to be sure, I am getting the suitcase out that I NEVER unpacked from last year with old pics and important papers. Gosh, I pray for all their safety.

And to LADYLEATHERNECK....Marines or Army, it is all identical!! The only thing that changes is the color or the uniform. I am PROUD of all of them because they train equally and risk their lives in the IDENTICAL MANNER. Let's all pray the Marine's homes are saved.
Comment Profile ImagePatrick Berg
Comment #56
From our vantage point on Little Gopher Canyon / Old River it seems to flaring up again in Fallbrook off Sleeping Indian area. Saw some black plumes of smoke.
Comment Profile ImageAlison
Comment #57
To Freemans: Don't cause unnecessary panic. My parents live right off of Sleeping Indian Rd. They are packing a car just in case along with many neighbors. However, it is nowhere near Stage Coach or the actual town of Fallbrook.
Comment Profile Imagenewbee
Comment #58
Thanks to everyone who keep sending in updates. It's frustrating that we're not seeing more on the news right now. We are currently in escrow on the place at the corner of Burma and Sleeping Indian...looking forward to moving out there-and learning more about the community. We hope the night goes well for everyone.
Comment Profile ImageRenie
Comment #59
I live on Alta Vista Drive in Fallbrook and have been watching the fire since it began. The fire is on Sleeping Indian's head. The Sheriff's department is calling this the "Sleeping Indian" fire. Thru binoculars I can see a single fire truck and pilot cars attempting to catch the fire from the Fallbrook side.
Comment Profile Imagefriend of sleeping indian family
Comment #60
The fire has burned "hump hill" which is the head of Sleeping Indian (I think). Residents are being evacuated according to the Village News above. I'd just go. why wait?
Comment Profile ImageDiane
Comment #61
I live off Brooke behind the high school. We are on a hill and can see the flames on the head of the Sleeping Indian. It has been burning the west side of the head. The flames are very strong on the north ridge side of the head right now. The wind is to the west, but the fire is trying to get a hold on the east side. Please keep safe.
Comment Profile ImageRenie
Comment #62
Dear Debbie Ramsey: Have any homes been lost?
Comment Profile Imagesleeping indian resident
Comment #63
EVERY THING IS UNDER CONTROL ALREADY RIGHT? dID THE FIRE GET ANY OF THE HOUSES.
Comment Profile ImageOside Res
Comment #64
Anyone know if the fire is out yet, or is it too big? I live in Oceanside around College and Old Grove. Just wondering which way it's headed, if I have to worry or not!!
Comment Profile Imagedeja vu
Comment #65
Newbee.....I hope this helps you a little. I think you are fine so far. I have been driving around all night, from Fallbrook to Vista, to Oceanside, to Burma/Sleeping Indian. It seems the fire is climbing the "head/feet" of the sleeping indian. The flames are huge. That is within a mile of your new house, but the wind is blowing the complete opposite direction from you.

When we were first up on Alta Vista (Renie has the best view), we could see the fire sort of ringing your new home area with bright orange flames. Now that area is totally dark and it appears they got it out (at least over there). However, having said that, that west side of sleeping indian is in trouble. The view of that area was scary from the Strawberry Hill area (that is at the top of East Vista Way by the Bonsall Bridge). I know that area very well, it is all custom homes with remote access. It is COVERED in avocado trees and brush. The brush is always out of control (growth-wise) in that area. I am definitely praying for all of them.

I looked at the satellite map and this fire is closer to my hou than the fire last year. I am also praying that the wind does not change direction because you can tell the fire is still out of control.
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Comment #66
sleeping indian resident....just to let you know, the fire is still "out of control" and there is no control time insight. That was just on the 10pm news.
Comment Profile ImageRenie
Comment #67
No homes lost -- Your update at 10:15 p.m. is very helpful. Thanks.
Comment Profile ImageMrsH
Comment #68
Hey Newbee,
Welcome to Fallbrook!
Comment Profile ImageLeah
Comment #69
Village News- you rock! Because of you, I can go to bed knowing the fire is no-where where near me- thank you. I will keep those in my prayers who are up tonight dealing with this and pray no one loses their home. Thank you Village News for being the only source of news for us that is consistent and constantly updated so diligently.
Comment Profile Imagecleo
Comment #70
11:30 pm = so. wjat's happening now?
Comment Profile ImageKings Cup
Comment #71
Wow i hate ignorant people coming on here and trying to blame the marines for a fire. that is ridiculous and he couldnt even get the branch of service right. theres a big difference between the army and the marines. TRUST ME
Comment Profile ImageNot Again!
Comment #72
any updates? We can't see any glow anymore, but are smelling some smoke now. Does anyone know what is going on?
Comment Profile Imageniki
Comment #73
i work in the 14 area, and live on alturas rd in fallbrook, i have been watching from my apt and I can't see anymore flames either, but i can still smell the smoke. I heard that one of the barracks near my shop caught on fire, but i'm not sure if that really happened. I know all my MARINES where evacuated from that area. If anyone has heard anything can you let us know, because I don't want to drive to work in the morning and my shop be gone. you know.
Comment Profile Imagektbug
Comment #74
I was there last year and in the bad previous fire evacuation prior to that. In Spokane WA now watching closely fire at Camp Pendleton. Have a daughter in Valley Center. Which direction is the wind blowing?
I feel for you guys. Stay Safe.
Comment Profile ImageHB
Comment #75
Does anyone know what the sleeping indain/indian head fire is up too...Which way is the fire moving?
Comment Profile ImageBoriLES
Comment #76
Yes, kudos to Fallbrook Bonsall Village News!! I stepped out of my apartment(Fallbrook). I don't smell any smoke where I'm at either. I pray for everyones safety.
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Comment #77
We have a direct view to the fire over here...Morrow Hills "hump hill" is completely consumed with fire heading east and north slowly. Western face is burning strongly to the south via favoring winds which are blowing due south at the moment. My guess is that southern sleeping indian down towards old river road is a mess, but can't confirm. North sleeping indian up to burma road looks quiet for now.
Comment Profile ImageBoriLES
Comment #78
Yes, kudos to Fallbrook Bonsall Village News!! I stepped out of my apartment(Fallbrook). I don't smell any smoke where I'm at either. I pray for everyones safety.
Comment Profile Imageluvithere
Comment #79
Thank Village News for keeping us updated throughout. I saw Blue heron B&B on channel 8 last night...is anyone near there that can tell me if they are okay? Newbee...welcome to socal and santa ana winds. Make sure you can get your new home insured.
Comment Profile ImageFallbrook St Res
Comment #80
Does anybody know about a small fire starting on Fallbrook St./St. Peters Drive? Was this just a false alarm? Heard sirens and got a report that this was where they were going. Also saw a couple of copters... Don't see or smell smoke, however...
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Comment #81
Should we (people who are further East around the Comunnity Center) be ready to evacuate or not?
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Comment #82
i looked out side and saw no smoke, and smelt hardly any, there was only a firish glow around the horizon.
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Comment #83
Does any one know if it has broken the fire barrier in to Fallbrook?
Comment Profile ImageBooyah
Comment #84
whats up with the house fire next to st. peters. saw it driving to palomar about 40 minutes ago. I hope it hasnt spread to any other homes and i pray everyone got out.
Comment Profile ImageNewbee
Comment #85
Again- I have to say thanks to everyone for their updates and Village news for the updates too. It's frustrating not getting the info on the tv news! Hoping they get control of this soon now that the sun is up! We're looking forward to being neighbors soon! Tinacasola@yahoo.com, would love to connect with new neighbors and learn more about the going on in the area. Good luck today to everyone!
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Comment #86
Were's our update! It's 7:57. I am near Fallbrook St., and there is no smoke anywere, the sky is completely clear all around. Do you guys know if the fire stopped, or is it still going? Can anyone see anything?
Comment Profile Imagejane
Comment #87
again thanks for the coverage on fallbrook/bonsall-so difficult to see the red glow and smoke @11 pm and not be able to find out info.- would love to have a boundry map of fires in your coverage if possible- thanks
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Comment #88
I just walked around outside and looked everywere to teh west and North, but there is NO smoke or even a hint of it in teh air! I live near the Community Center, anyone see any? Im almost convinsed that it is out!
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Comment #89
WOW! Still no update!
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Comment #90
im praying for them too. We should all pray for the Fire fighters and teh reporteers and the homes
Comment Profile ImageConcerned parent
Comment #91
I was just reading that there is a fire near Fallbrook St. is this fact ??? Please inform and let us know what is going on as my kids are at school now and they are in that area
Comment Profile Imagecooolio
Comment #92
when i was going to school.. roughly 645 am. the fire had just broken out to the left of st peters if your facing it.

dont knwo what happened since
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Comment #93
apparently the fire was a motor home and it burned but the fire has been put out.w
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Comment #94
it seems as if it has stopped is that so? it really seems like it has stoped
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Comment #95
do you think that they will update it? Can anyone see the fire!?!?!??!
Comment Profile ImageConcerned
Comment #96
Please notify of us if there is a fire near St Peters
Comment Profile Imagedooo
Comment #97
the fire next to saint peters was put out all that was lost was a motor home trailer in the persons backyard
Comment Profile ImageGeorgiana Webber
Comment #98
Any new fire news on the Sleeping Indian area?
Comment Profile ImageJust notified
Comment #99
I was just told by a friend that there is another fire on Camp Pendleton let me know where it's at was told ny Highway 5
Comment Profile Imageughh
Comment #100
sure hope thats not true but makes sense because arsonists are probably waiting for a field day due to this weather. I imagine they were gettin ready yesterday.
Comment Profile Imagewife
Comment #101
yes, there is another fire, not sure where but i can see it from my back porch.
Comment Profile ImageGeorgiana Webber
Comment #102
Any new fire news on the Sleeping Indian area?
Comment Profile Imagedado
Comment #103
damn, like 5 fires just sprang up around the county in the last 2 hours or so. Ridiculous
Comment Profile Imagedeja vu
Comment #104
There is a third fire. It is at Las Pulgas and the 5 freeway. The 5 freeway is closed at the 78 and all northbound exits are closed. The southbound is closed in San Clemente. The CHP are turning the northbound lanes around and they are driving through a big opening in the center divider to go back south and around to the 15 freeway. Traffic looks like it is backed up way below Carlsbad. What a mess that will be.

The smoke looks like it is all white. I thought that indicated that the fire was going out, but that is not what happened in Fallbrook 20 2005. I was in Temecula with a firefighter friend and watching that fire. I commented at the time about the white smoke meaning the fire is being put out and the firefighter told me I was incorrect. He said the color of the fire only meant a difference in fuels? I guess bottom-line is that there is a huge plumb of smoke at Las Pulgas and I haven't heard if it is being put out or not.
Comment Profile Imagenewbee
Comment #105
At least this one is on the other side. What's the wind like in Fallbrook? Not to bad here in Vista by the 78. Thinking possitive thoughts for everyone.
Comment Profile Imageresident
Comment #106
I have zero wind, just an orange cast to the sky.
Comment Profile ImageFallbrook resident
Comment #107
Well i am kind of close to Camp Pendleton and it's a little windy not too bad but it's getting hot hopefully everyone is ok and we don't have anymore around Fallbrook area
Comment Profile ImageBoriLES
Comment #108
Very very slight wind in Fallbrook. No sign of smoke as far as I can see. Looking good. Keep well everyone.
Comment Profile Imagenewbee
Comment #109
At least this one is on the other side. What's the wind like in Fallbrook? Not to bad here in Vista by the 78. Thinking possitive thoughts for everyone.
Comment Profile ImageMary
Comment #110
Thank you, thank you, Village News! One more time, I've been able to track the fire danger from my second home in the Seattle area! You got me through the disaster last year, and I'm counting on you again! Kudos to your reporters who really stay on top of things, and God bless all of my Fallbrook friends and neighbors!
Comment Profile ImageChris
Comment #111
Another fire. Seems to be a common thing around here lately!

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