Public Safety
Smoldering vehicle following a wildfire.

Take Extra Precautions During Fire Weather Watch, Peak Fire Season

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Residents are asked to use extreme caution with fire sources such as power tools and cigarettes due to Santa Ana winds expected to sweep through San Diego County mountains and inland valleys Thursday and Friday. The arrival of the fall’s first Santa Ana is a reminder that it is peak fire season, and the region’s dry brush and grasses could potentially ignite a dangerous wildfire and threaten communities.

Parks and Rec
Haunted trails at Hellhole Canyon

Fall into Fun with Parks in October

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County Parks and Recreation will host more than two dozen frighteningly fun Halloween happenings across the county this month. Consider this your spirited guide to County Parks in October! From haunted hikes to festive films and creepy crafts, you’re guaranteed to have a ghoulishly good time.

Health
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Brush Mouse Tests Positive for Hantavirus in Julian

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A brush mouse in Julian has tested positive for the potentially deadly hantavirus. County officials remind people to never sweep or vacuum up after rodents if they find them in their living spaces.

Health
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VIDEO: County Supervisors Call for Moratorium on Vaping Products

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County Supervisors Dianne Jacob and Nathan Fletcher are proposing a ban on the sale and distribution of flavored tobacco made for electronic cigarettes, along with a moratorium on the sale and distribution of the e-devices in the county’s unincorporated area. They are encouraging cities in San Diego County to do the same. County public health […]

Environment

Got a Rainy Day Fund? Get a Discounted Rain Barrel!

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The rainy season is coming, but you still have time to get a discounted rain barrel to “harvest” the upcoming rains, cut your watering costs and protect local beaches by reducing pollution.