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Wednesday, December 8, 2010

San Diego Sheriff’s Department Update on Escondido House Burn Plan 12-07-10

Update on Escondido House Burn Plan
The burn day is set for Thursday, December 9th. The burn window is between 9:00 a.m.
to 10:00 a.m. Please be aware weather and safety conditions will dictate the actual burn
operation, so the hours could change.

Reverse 911 calls will go out to affected residents tomorrow (12/8/2010). Evacuations
begin at 7:00 p.m. tomorrow. Sheriff’s deputies, Sheriff’s Search and Rescue Volunteers and
Escondido Police officers will also be knocking on doors to inform the residents about the
evacuation notice. There will be increased security patrols in the evacuated areas.

The Red Cross Shelter is at the Clarke Field House Gym of Cal State San Marcos. The
address is 333 South Twin Oaks Valley Road, CA 92069. The shelter will open at 7:00 p.m.
tomorrow (12/8/2010). There is a designated area for pets adjacent to the gym. There are shower
facilities. Meals and cots for sleeping will also be provided. Please contact the Red Cross at
(858) 309-1200 for more information. If you are planning to evacuate and have “special needs”
for transportation or equipment, please contact Don Rawson at (760) 839-5404.

Following the evacuation notice, members of the public will not be allowed back into the
affected area until confirmation that the hazards have been eliminated. Please stay at the
evacuation site or a temporary shelter of your choosing until there is official notification of reentry.

A few laptops with internet access are available at the evacuation site so residents can
check updates on A Red Cross shelter manager is also available
to share the latest information with residents. You can also call 211 or tune in to local TV and
radio stations.

I-15 will be closed 30 minutes before the burn and remain closed until safe to re-open
(estimated to be 3 hours). The hours could change depending on weather and safety conditions.
Northbound 15 at SR-78 and Southbound 15 at Center City Parkway will be closed during the
burn operation. Freeway signs are now up to alert drivers.

There are traffic control points around 1954 Via Scott starting at 3:00 a.m. on the day of the burn (12/9/2010). A map of how Escondido Police plan to divert traffic off of I-15 at Center City Parkway and a map of traffic control points are available at

The County Board of Supervisors ratified and signed a proclamation of local emergency
for the burn plan today.

County HAZMAT is working with state agencies to coordinate, review and finalize the
positions of air monitoring equipment. Team members are also meeting to review air monitoring
plans and align duties during the burn.

For More Information:
Melissa Aquino
Media Relations Officer
(858) 974-2253
The media line to the Joint Information Center (JIC) at Kindercare Learning Center on
986 West El Norte Parkway is (760) 489-0500.

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