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Dozens of injuries in California Wildfires (VIDEO)

Due to extremely high traffic volume, the CAL FIRE Incident Website is not functioning.

Southern California fires
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(SAN DIEGO) - Due to extremely high traffic volume, Websites with vital information about the wildfires in Southern California are not functioning, leaving residents with fewer routes in gaining information about the deadly blaze.

The state's CAL FIRE Incident Website is presently down, here is the latest news on the fires that we could round up. The damage estimates that are emerging will certainly be staggering, as sections of Southern California now cease to exist.

The California Governor's Website is relaying some information with other sites down. Here is the latest information on the multiple wind-driven wildfires still burning out of control in California.

Active Fires

The Poomacha Fire, located on Highway 76 in Pauma Valley which is in San Diego County.

This fire started October 23rd as a structure fire on the Lajolla Indian Reservation. It has burned 1,000 acres. Evacuations are in progress along the Highway 76 Corridor. This fire has resulted in eight injuries. Poomacha Fire's Information Line (619) 590-3160.

The Harris Fire, at Harris Ranch Road & Hwy 94 in rural San Diego County.

Officials say this fire has burned 70,000 acres and is five percent contained at 6:45 PM. The fire started October 22nd and is burning at Harris Ranch Road and both sides of Highway 94 in Portrero in San Diego County. There have been 20 civilian injuries and one death as well as five firefighter injuries on this fire. At least 200 homes have been destroyed in this fire - more than 50 were in Deerhorn Valley and Honey Springs. Citizens are shelterd at Fire Station 66. 2000 homes and 500 commercial properties are threatened currently. 3000 people have been evacuated in the Harris Ranch Road and Otay Lake Road. 275 firefighters are assigned including 175 CAL FIRE staff. Harris Fire's Information Line is (619) 590-3160.

The McCoy Fire in the Cleveland National Forest, San Diego County.

This fire has burned 300 acres and is 95 percent contained. The fire started October 21 and is burning in the Boulder Creek/Eagle Peak area of San Diego County. One residence and one outbuilding have been destroyed. 49 firefighters are currently on scene. McCoy Fire Information Line (619) 590-3160.

Photos by Ken Grandlund

The Rice Fire in the Rice Canyon of San Diego County.

This fire has burned 6,100 acres in Rice Canyon in Northern San Diego County. 500 homes have been destroyed and another 30 have been damaged. 2,500 homes are threatened. The town of Fallbrook has been evacuated. Camp Pendleton and Oceanside are threatened. 170 firefighters are assigned to this fire including 11 CAL FIRE staff. Rice Fire's Information Line is (619) 590-3160.

The Rosa Fire located near Temecula in Riverside County.

This fire has burned 100 acres. 100 residences near Temecula are threatened. 192 firefighters are assigned. Roca Fire's Information Line (951) 940-6985.

The Witch Fire in the Witch Creek Area East of Ramona in San Diego County.

This fire has burned 200,000 acres and is only 1 percent contained. 500 homes, 100 commercial properties, and 50 outbuildings have been destroyed. 250 homes, 75 commercial properties and 50 outbuildings have been damaged. 5,000 residences, 1,500 commercial properties, and 300 outbuildings are currently threatened. Mandatory evacuations are in place for the communities of Scripps Ranch, Poway, Rancho Bernardo, Valley Center, San Marcos, and Rancho Santa Fe. Seven firefighters have been injured on this fire. A CAL FIRE Incident Command Team is in command of this incident with 1,492 firefighters assigned. Wildcat Canyon is closed. Highway 67 is closed from Poway to Ramona. Witch Fire's Information Line is (619) 590-3160.

The Buckweed Fire at Mint Canyon Road at Sierra Highway in Los Angeles County.

This fire has burned 37,800 acres and is 80 percent contained. The fire started October 21 and is burning at Mint Canyon Road and Sierra Highway in Los Angeles County toward Magic Mountain. Evacuations have been lifted for all areas except Bouquet Canyon. Communities of Santa Clarita, Castaic, Mint Canyon, and Bouquet Reservoir are still threatened. A partial road closure for Sierra Highway north from Soledad Canyon remains in effect. The Old Road at Valencia Boulevard is closed. Vasquez Canyon is open to residents only. 15 homes and 17 outbuildings have been destroyed and three homes have been damaged. 22 vehicles have also been destroyed. Three civilians and one firefighter have been injured. 1,157 firefighters are assigned including 213 CAL FIRE staff. The estimated cost of this fire to date is $2.5 million. Buckweed Fire's Information Line (323) 881-2411.

The Magic Fire at Old Cross Road at Magic Mountain Parkway in Los Angeles County.

This fire started at 2:15 PM October 22nd. 1200 acres have burned and the fire is moving toward Ventura. 900 homes are threatened in the Santa Clarita and Simi Valley areas. 428 Los Angeles County firefighters are assigned to this fire. Magic Fire's Information Line (323) 881-2411.

The Ranch Fire in the Angeles National Forest of Los Angeles County.

This fire has burned 47,240 acres since October 20th and is 10 percent contained. Fire is burning six miles north of Castaic in Los Angeles County. The communities of Fillmore, Piru, Ventura, and Ojai are currently threatened. Evacuations continue in Chiquito Canyon, Hasley Canyon, Val Verde, Hopper Canyon and toward Filmore. An evacuation center is available at Fillmore Veterans Memorial Building, 511 Second Street. Large animals can be evacuated to Ventura County Fairgrounds and small animals to Camarillo Animal Shelter.

Three homes and four outbuildings have been destroyed. 500 residences, 50 commercial properties and 50 outbuildings are currently threatened. Three homes and four outbuildings have been destroyed. 1,264 personnel are assigned under U.S. Forest Service command including 80 CAL FIRE staff. The estimated cost of this fire to date is $4.5 million. Ranch Fire Information Line (626) 574-5208.

The Canyon Fire in the Malibu Canyon, Los Angeles County.

Courtesy: lewrockwell.com

This fire has burned 4,500 acres and is 75 percent contained. The fire started October 21 and is burning in Malibu Canyon south of Pacific Coast Highway in Los Angeles County. Six homes and two businesses have been destroyed. Nine homes and five businesses have been damaged. 600 residences, 200 commercial buildings, and 100 outbuildings are threatened. 500 homes have been evacuated.

Mandatory evacuations are established in the following areas: Monte Nido, Malibu Colony, Malibu Rd., Sweetwater Canyon, Carbon Canyon, Carbon Mesa, Rambla Pacifica, Big Rock, Topanga Canyon, Powder Ranch Rd. and Monte Vista Dr. Voluntary evacuations were implemented for the following areas: Corral Canyon, Sunset Mesa, Topanga Canyon, and Old Topanga Canyon The following road closures are in effect: PCH between Topanga Canyon and Kanan-Dume Rd.; Malibu Canyon between PCH and Piuma Rd. Topanga Canyon and Mulholland Dr., Malibu Canyon at Civic Center, Malibu Canyon at Mulholland Dr., Carbon Canyon at PCH, PCH at Kanan Rd., Tuna at Saddlepeak, Kanan Rd. at Cornell, Big Rock at PCH, Los Flores at Rambla Pacifica (S/B Traffic), Old Topanga at Mulholland, Mulholland at Stunt Rd., Schuren at Stunt Rd. Evacuation centers established at Agoura High School and Palisades High School. Closures for 10/23/07 are in effect for Malibu High, Webster Elementary School, Point Dume Elementary School, Cabrillo and Topanga Elementary Schools.

Three injuries have been reported. 398 personnel are assigned to this incident. The estimated cost of this fire to date is $4.2 million. Canyon Fire's Information Line (323) 881-2411.

The Walker Fire, Northwest of Lake Arrowhead in San Bernardino County.

This fire burned 160 acres northwest of Lake Arrowhead in San Bernardino County and is now 100% contained. The evacuation center is now closed. Four engines remain on scene. Walker Fire's Information line (909) 383-5688.

The Cajon Fire along I-15/Kenwood in Devore, San Bernardino County.

This fire started October 22 and has burned 250 acres. It is currently 90 percent contained. 53 firefighters remain on scene. Cajon Fire Information line (909) 383-5688.

The Martin Fire, Martin Ranch Road at Meyers Road in San Bernardino County.

This fire in the San Bernardino National Forest began at 9:00 AM October 23rd and has burned 75 acres. It is 20 percent contained. 23 engines, 2 bulldozers, and a fire crew strike team are battling this fire. 50 homes are currently threatened and one home has been damaged. Martin Fire's Information line (909) 383-5688.

The Slide Fire in the San Bernardino National Forest, Green Valley Lake near Running Springs in San Bernardino County.

This fire has burned 8,500 acres at Green Valley Lake near Running Springs in San Bernardino County. More than 100 homes have burned and 400 continue to be threatened. Mandatory evacuations are in place for Green Valley Lake, Arrow Bear, and Running Springs. All roads into the mountain communities are closed. 17 engines and five water tenders are currently assigned to this fire. Slide Fire Information Line (909) 383-5688.

The Santiago Fire on Santiago Canyon Road at Silverado Canyon Road in Orange County.

This fire has burned 18,000 acres and is now 30 percent contained. The fire is burning at Santiago Canyon Road and Silverado Canyon Road in Irvine, Orange County. Highway 241 is closed from Santiago Canyon to Highway 133. Portola Parkway and portions of Jamboree Road in Irvine are closed. 3,500 homes and 150 commercial properties are threatened in the communities of Foothill Ranch, Lake Forest, Modjeska, and Silverado Canyon. Eight outbuildings have been destroyed and 12 have been damaged. Four firefighter injuries have been reported. 492 people are assigned to this incident. Santiago's Fire Information Line is (714) 573-6200.

The Grass Valley Fire in the San Bernardino National Forest, in San Bernardino County

This fire has burned 1,000 acres northwest of Lake Arrowhead. 300 structures have been lost, and more than 1500 homes remain threatened. There are mandatory evaucations for all areas north of Hwy 189 (includes North Bay Dr. and Grass Valley Rd.), North of Lake Arrowhead Dam on Hwy 173, and all of Twin Peaks. Also Crestline, Lake Gregory and Rimforest. Voluntary evacuations remain in effect for th remainder of Lake Arrowhead, Cedar Glen, Valley of Enchantment, and Cedar Pines Park. State Highway 18 is closed from 40th/Waterman to the Big Bear Dam, State Highway 330 is closed at Highland to Hwy 18, State Highway 138 is closed at State Highway 173. Residents may leave via these highways, but will not be allowed back into these areas. 523 firefighters are assigned to this incident including 228 CAL FIRE staff. The estimated cost of this fire to date is $800,000. Grass Valley Fire Information Line (909) 383-5688.

These fires are contained

The Sedgewick Fire at Brinkerhoff Rd/Sedgewick Ranch/ Figueroa Mountain in Santa Barbara County.

This fire, caused by arching power lines, burned 710 acres and is now 100 percent contained. 450 homes and 1 outbuilding were threatened in the Woodstock and Brinkerhoff Road areas of Santa Barbara County. 472 personnel are assigned including 74 CAL FIRE staff. Sedgewick Fire's Information Line is (805) 681-5546.

The Roca Fire, East of Temecula in Riverside County.

This fire has burned 270 acres since October 21st and is now 100 percent contained. 300 residences in or near Aquanga, Jojoba Hills Resort, Crosley Homestead, Agua Tibea Wilderness, and the Cleveland National Forest were threatened. One home has been destroyed. 108 personnel are assigned. One injury has been reported. Roca Fire's Information Line (951) 940-6985.

The Coronado Hills Fire South of Cal State San Marcos in San Diego County.

This fire started October 22nd and burned 300 acres south of Cal State San Marcos in San Diego County. Structures were lost in Discovery Hills and San Marcos. It is now 100 percent contained. The Coronado Hills Fire Line (619) 590-3160.

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Glenn October 25, 2007 11:02 am (Pacific time)

Tim, We exchanged emails a few months ago about my interest in the MM program in Or. My Dr had suggested the program and I was checking it out...I wrote a question to Dr. L. and you kindly replied... I don't know if you remember, but I grew up in the LA area (Norwalk) and I used to live in Paso Robles. At the time, you were getting ready to take a trip back the the Central Coast. Like everyone else, I've been following the news about the fires and your stories are great in adding the additional information that the big news outlets and stories pass over. My daughter is a California Dept of Forestry Captain and her husband is one of the pilots who fly the "spotter" planes directing the aerial tanker drops,(he is working on the Harris fire) so we are always on high alert during the So Cal wildfire season. It makes it very personal for us as we follow the stories. Also, one of my wife's best friends lives in Poway and we talked with her minutes before she had to evacuate. We haven't heard from her yet, so we are hopeful that she is ok and has a home to return to.... Looks like you are busy down there, but also (from your bylines) looks like you are working your way back up here. Take care and I would like to re-start our emails about the MMP... BTW, I never heard from Dr. L regarding my initial questions. Subsequent to our emails, I have done some further investigation and had them answered, but many questions remain. I met some nice people at Hempstock and furthered my knowledge, also. I did a quick search of your newspapers website and your personal pages... looks like you have a very full and interesting life! If possible, let me know if you receive this.... -Glenn

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