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Cleveland National Forest 
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Cleveland National Forest
Information Sheet

Monday, 03 Nov 2003, 7:00 a.m. 

For other fire information in the region, check http://www.fs.fed.us/r1/lolo/



Location: South San Diego County

Size:  280,293 acres                           Cause:   Human Caused

Damage:   2,232 Homes Destroyed; 22 Commercial, 566 Outbuildings

Injuries:    13 Civilian Fatalities; 1 Fire Fighter Fatality; 91 injuries

Current Problems/Threats/Action: Hot spots, flying embers and hazards such as snags present concern for firefighter and public safety. Action Plan: Secure line and mop up perimeter. Mop up 300 feet around all structures.

Percent Contained:   99%                 Expected Containment:  11/03/03, 1800 Hours

Percent Controlled:   0%                  Expected Full Control:   11/16/03 1800 Hours

Current Weather:  Wind speed W 20  mph. Temperature 37 degrees. Relative humidity 100%

Predicted Weather:  Wind variable W-NW 6-14 mph. Temperature 46-66 degrees.  Relative humidity 35-100%.

RESOURCES ASSIGNED as of  0700 hrs:

Engines:  242                            Fire Crews:  37           Helicopters: 32   

Dozers:   42                               Water Tenders:  30

Overhead Personnel:    422      Total Personnel:  2,120

Cedar Fire Information on the Web: Updated daily, Cedar fire information may be found on the web at: http://www.pnw-team2.com/

Power Outage Information:  San Diego Gas and Electric is working around the clock to restore substations and transmission lines including replacing approximately 1000 electric transmission poles.  Most areas will have power restored within a couple of days.  More time is needed for Santa Ysabel, Viejas, Jamacha, Poway and Japatul areas.  For more information on when power will be restored call (800) 411-7343 or contact www.sdge.com 

Damage Assessment: San Diego County Damage assessment teams are fanned out throughout out the county.  People looking for damage assessments on their property can call (866) 402-6044.  FEMA representatives recommend property owners obtain damage assessment information before making insurance claims.  The Hotline number is (858) 495-5494 or toll free at (866) 402-6044.

Disaster Assistance:  Disaster Assistance Centers have been established at:

- Scripps Ranch Recreation Center (11454 Blue Cypress Dr.)

- Ramona Old Post Office Building (325 6th St.)

- Valley Center (28102 N. Lake Wohlford Rd. or Cole Grade Rd.)

- Alpine (1347 Tavern Road, Suite 30)

- Borrego Springs [mobile] (2281 Digueno Rd.)

These centers will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., Monday through Friday as well as Saturday and Sunday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.  A central phone line with a recorded message giving directions and other basic information has been set up.  Call (858) 549-1161 ext. 126.  For questions or to apply:  1-800-621-FEMA; or TTY 1-800-462-7585 Homeowners, renters and business owners affected by the Cedar Fires may apply for disaster assistance by phone.

Information regarding post fire land rehabilitation and erosion control: San Diego County Dept of Planning and Land Use:  (858)694-2960 (800)411-0017

Cooperating Agencies: 

Unified command with CDF, USFS, CHP, San Diego Sheriff, San Diego City, Heartland Fire, and Lakeside Fire.

Cooperators include:  OES, CDC, CCC, Fish and Game, State Parks, CalTrans, BLM, BIA, US Navy, FWS, Red Cross, State of Nevada, AMR Ambulance, San Diego County OES, San Diego County Roads, San Diego Public Works, multiple San Diego Fire Departments, San Diego Gas and Electric and the San Diego Animal Shelter/SCPA.

General Cedar Fire Information: Call 619-590-3160 Hours are now 8:00 to 5:00

Safety Message

Current weather and rain makes traveling in burned areas hazardous. 


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