Pala Rez Radio 91.3 Local and Regional Headlines 06/27/2016

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It’s going to be hot and humid with a heat advisory for areas immediately east and north of Pala for the next three days.  The full forecast is coming up. (below)

With fire season well underway, here’s a summary of what’s keeping firefighters statewide busy.  Crews from Pala were working the Border Fire between Tecate and Campo until this past weekend.  That fire is now 90% contained at 7,609 acres.  Over the weekend, a fire broke out in the Laguna Coast Wilderness Park 2 ½ miles northeast of Laguna Beach.  The forward spread of the fire was stopped yesterday and it’s now 60% contained at 50 acres.  Less than 25 years ago, a fire in the same area burned 16k acres and destroyed 400 homes in Laguna Beach.  There are two other major Southern California fires – the San Gabriel Complex north of Duarte and Azuma is 72% contained at 5,399 acres, and the Sherpa Fire in Santa Barbara County is now 93% contained at 7,474 acres.  The state’s largest fire – the Erskine Fire near Lake Isabella is now well over 45k acres, only 40% contained.  200 structures have been destroyed and 75 more damaged in the Erskine Fire.  A number of roads are still closed and there are still evacuations in effect.  (Cal Fire media release)

Crews knocked down a brush fire near Temecula’s Community Recreation Center on Rancho Vista Road yesterday afternoon.  It was first reported around 2:30p.  The center’s public pool was evacuated.  There were no injuries.  The cause is under investigation. 

Air quality in Riverside County, particularly the northern parts of the county is expected to be unhealthful today.  The Air Quality Management District says to stay indoors today, if possible.  With temperatures over 100 in most of that part of the county, that’s a good idea anyway if you have air conditioning. 

A Sprinter commuter train collided with a Volkswagen in Oceanside this morning.  No one on the train was hurt.  One person from the car was airlifted to a trauma center.  The collision happened on the 2600 block of Temple Heights Drive at about 8:35a.

A Fallbrook man suffered fatal injuries in a motorcycle accident on Palomar Mountain yesterday.  The 46-year old dropped his Yamaha R1 on South Grade near Canfield Road about 3p, sliding into a Nissan Versa coming the opposite way.  The cyclist was flown to Palomar Hospital where he was pronounced dead.

Cal Trans will be closing the southbound I-15 off ramp at Rancho California Road Wednesday and Thursday from 8:30a to 3p each day for resurfacing.  Expect southbound congestion during the day both days.

The same developer that built Murrieta’s Orchard at Stone Creek Shopping center is looking to build something similar on the vacant lot on Clinton n Keith Road north of Vista Murrieta High School.  Planning Commission review of the project, including a possible 91-room hotel has been pushed back until the group’s August meeting.  Developer Allan Davis is calling the new project The Vineyard.  It’ll also have drive-through restaurants, a market, a bank, car wash and multiple purpose structures for shops and other restaurants.  The main entrance would be from a new road connecting to Clinton Keith.