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Oceanside California Surrounded by Fire

Residents are asked to please refrain from using cell phones unless they have an actual emergency.

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Oceanside firefighters

(OCEANSIDE, Calif.) - The City is asking residents to conserve water at this time due to the increasing water supply needs created by the San Diego County fires. Although Oceanside currently has an adequate water supply, conservation by everyone is requested and appreciated.

All residents are asked to please stay off major roadways if at all possible, stay home, stay indoors, avoid cell phone usage and use of 911 unless you have a true emergency.

Due to the fire situation, it is advisable that all residents, especially sensitive populations such as young children, the elderly and those with lung or heart conditions, eliminate or reduce outdoor activities and exposure to smoky conditions.

These individuals should monitor changing smoke levels and air quality conditions on a regular basis. Patients on medications relating to asthma, bronchitis, emphysema or other lung or heart diseases are advised to use their medication as prescribed, and try to have at least a five day supply of medication on hand.

For more information about strategies to reduce exposure to smoke, please visit the following website:

Current Air Quality Information

The Air Pollution Control District (APCD) in San Diego County monitors air quality conditions on a regular basis. For up-to-date information, please visit the following website:

The Oceanside Unified School District closed all Oceanside schools today. For additional information on school closures you can call (760) 966-4010.

In response to the large numbers of evacuees throughout the county El Camino High School in Oceanside has opened its doors as a temporary shelter and can hold up to 200 people.

If you have animals and have fled your residence, El Camino High School is accepting both small and large animals for sheltering purposes. Space is limited. El Camino High School is located at 400 Rancho del Oro Drive in Oceanside. For information, contact the Oceanside Unified School District at 760 966-4010.

Another shelter that is open is at the New Song Church, located at 3985 Mission Ave. in Oceanside and Walker Chapel Church located 1415 Laurel in Oceanside have opened up their facilities as temporary shelter. New Song can be reached at 760-560-5000 and Walker Chapel can be reached at 760-757-6633.

Mira Costa College has also also set up a shelter for individuals who have been displaced from the fires throughout the county. Mira Costa is located at 1 Barnard in Oceanside. Please call 760 427-7678.

For additional information you can visit the San Diego County Emergency Home Page at You can also visit the Red Cross at

For residents who would like to donate in-kind or monetary contributions to assist Fire victims, please contact the American Red Cross at 858 309 1273.

All Respiratory Oxygen Patients are advised to take their Breathing Equipment and Medications with them if they need to leave their homes.
Source: City of Oceanside

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Beverly BEBEbella October 21, 2008 3:17 pm (Pacific time)

My brother and sister and mom live in oceanside, worried...that the winds will bring the smoke and damage there is like 93....I told her to stay in doors, and close the windows...My brother and sister are out all the time doing things,....Should they evacuate if it gdts worse.....Thanks would like to hear from some Oceansiders....I live in Brooklyn, New York..should I be worried more than i already am...

Ian October 24, 2007 7:43 am (Pacific time)

I live in Oceanside and work for the City of Oceanside, and while the content of this article is accurate (since it was directly taken from the City's web page) the title is misleading. Oceanside is probably the safest City in all of North County San Diego right now, there are many other Cities that are litterally surrounded though, like Escondido and Fallbrook. Fortunately the coastal cities (including Oceanside) aren't getting much of the deadly wind fueling this fire like the inland cities.

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