Pala Rez Radio 91.3 FM Local and Regional Headlines 06/22/2016

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The Border Fire, just northeast of Tecate is one of four major fires currently burning in California.  As of this morning, it’s burned 6,500 acres in the mountains east of San Diego and is 15% contained.  Mandatory evacuation orders remain in effect for Potrero, Forest Gate, Star Ranch, Cowboy Ranch, Dog Patch, Canyon City and most recently, Lake Morena with about 1k structures threatened.  Two homes and 11 outbuildings have been destroyed.  A number of farm animals have perished.  Three firefighters have been injured.  Pacific Coast Trail is closed, as are Highway 94 west of Buckman Springs, eastbound 94 at 188 and Buckman Springs Road at Old Buckman Springs.   The other fires are the San Gabriel Complex of two fires that began north of Azusa Monday morning, totaling 4,900 acres with 10% containment; The Sherpa Fire in Santa Barbara County that’s now almost 8k acres, but 89% contained; and the Pony Fire in Siskiyou County at almost 3k acres with 60% containment.  All combined, firefighting resources statewide are beginning to be stretched a little thin with an average of 1,400 personnel working on each of the four fires.  (source:  Cal Fire media release)

A 22-year old man was fatally stabbed in a church parking lot in Oceanside early yesterday.  It was the victim himself who called 911 just after midnight.  Officers found him barely alive on Holly Street near East Higgins.  He said a Latino man in his early 20s had assaulted him.  The victim died during surgery at a trauma center.  Officers followed the blood trail back to a church on Lemon Street, two blocks from where they found the victim and are trying to piece together the rest of the incident.  Oceanside PD is asking for help from anyone who may have seen or heard the altercation.  Their number is 760 435 4911.

Grocery workers across Southern California yesterday authorized a strike against Ralph’s and Albertsons, which also includes Vons and Pavillions.  The United Food and Commercial Workers have not set a date for the strike pending meetings with the companies over the next several weeks.  Union officials say the chains want to lower costs in anticipation of the state minimum wage rising to $15 an hour in four years by cutting holiday pay and reducing company contributions to pensions.  The starting salary at Ralph’s and Albertsons is $10.10 an hour.

13-year old Alex Pierce, the teen who nearly drowned during a pool party at Vista Murrieta High School several weeks ago has been transferred to Naval Medical Center in San Diego.  A dispute over care at Loma Linda University Children’s Hospital led the family to seek a restraining order against removing him from life support.  There will be a fund-raiser for Alex and the mounting medical bills today from 4 to 8p at Chick-fil-A on Madison Avenue in Murrieta including a performance by the school choir Alex was part of.

There was a 3.9 magnitude earthquake just before 3p yesterday afternoon about 2 miles west of Brawley.  No reports of damage.