Best estimates: 300,000 acres burned in San Diego County, over 1000 homes destroyed.
Matt Lauer is digging around in Rancho Bernardo with a family that lost their home there. He did a really awkward job of trying to hold the homeowner’s hand as they walked through the rubble. I thought the soft-focus, touchy-feely stuff was Meredith Viera’s schtick?
Rice Fire (Fallbrook area): approximately 4,000 acres, with winds in the area having calmed somewhat. The fire did burn in the I-15 area, and turned toward the Red Mountain Reservoir area. The most active side of the fire is the north side, in the Santa Margarita area. They’ll get both fixed wing and helicopters on it.
Witch Creek Fire: Over night, a couple of different wind patterns pushed the fire in different directions. In particular, the south end of the fire has moved west from El Capitan reservoir toward Wildcat Canyon. On the west side, it is swinging around toward Escondido from the west. In the east, fire crews engaged in continuous back burning. At 3:30 AM a new fire started in the north, which has now consumed 800 acres, and is now threatening Rincon and northern Valley Center. They are now assessing the probability of allowing residents to the west (i.e. Rancho Santa Fe, Encinitas, Solana Beach, etc.) back into their homes.
Harris Fire: Currently at 70,000 acres. Currently headed toward Chula Vista and Jamul. Active fire in the Dearborn Valley community, with 20 or 30 more structures consumed. The key areas today are the power plant, Lion’s Valley. The ten major fires in the state are making huge demands on fire personnel and equipment.
Right now, the evacuations in Chula Vista and South San Diego are voluntary, south of Alta, East of the 805, and north of the border.
SDG&E is saying that today will be a tight day on the power grid. The connection we have to the east is disconnected, forced out by the fire, and will be out of service until at least tomorrow.