Poinsettia Fire Lights Up Carlsbad

by The Editors on May 14, 2014

Pfire 2014

Recent Poinsettia Fire updates from the City of Carlsbad:

UPDATE, 5/20/14, 7:50 PM

Please Stay Out of Burned Areas
The City of Carlsbad is asking the public to stay out of fire damaged areas. These areas can be dangerous, and walking on the burned open space could further damage the habitat areas and hamper the regrowth and restoration of these natural areas. The city has posted photos of the burned areas on its Facebook page for residents interested in seeing the damage.

Red Cross in Carlsbad Wednesday
Red Cross client caseworkers will be in Carlsbad Wednesday assist fire victims.
Wednesday, 5/21, 11 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Alga Norte Community Park
Meeting Room (in Aquatic Center)
6565 Alicante Road, Carlsbad

Please bring:
Valid identification
Verification of damage (if your property is not already on a damage assessment list, damage assessment will need to be verified by a Red Cross team)
The Red Cross also has a number for victims, 858-309-1338

http://www.redcross.org/news/press-release/ca/san-diego/ONE-WEEK-REPORT:-AMERICAN-RED-CROSS-CONTINUES-TO-SUPPORT-THOSE-AFFECTED-BY-SAN-DIEGO-FIRES

How to Help
Ready Carlsbad is accepting cash donations to assist residents and business in Carlsbad. Visit www.carlsbad.org for more information.

The Salvation Army in North County is accepting donations of money, food, hygiene items, diapers, new baby toys, clothing and similar items for fire victims. No used items accepted. The North County Salvation Army center is located in Oceanside at 3935 Lake Blvd., 92056.

Beware of Scams and Price Gouging
Please refer to the San Diego County District Attorney’s office notice for information about how to avoid common charity, insurance, debris removal, restoration and contractor scams.

The Carlsbad City Attorney reminds the public that after the Governor declares a state of emergency, it is illegal for businesses to increase prices of essential goods and services by more than ten percent unless they can prove it was due to an increase in their supplier’s price. The prohibition on price gouging after a disaster applies to consumer food and services, goods or services used for emergency cleanup, supplies, medical supplies, home heating oil, building materials, housing, transportation, freight and storage services, and gasoline or other motor fuels. In addition, it is a misdemeanor during 30 days following the state of emergency proclamation for a hotel or motel to increase regular rates. You can report price gouging to the District Attorney’s Consumer Protection Unit at 619-531-4070.

No update on damage assessment.
No update on cause investigation.
No update on body found during the fire.

For damage details and other previously released information, visit the city’s online newsroom: http://news.carlsbadca.gov/news/carlsbad-fire-information

UPDATE 5/16/14, 3 PM

The City of Carlsbad is in the process of deactivating its Emergency Operations Center. The Fire Department has established a department operations center to continue to manage the Poinsettia Fire, which is still at 85 percent contained. Fire personnel are patrolling affected areas to respond to hot spots and flare ups. Some City of Carlsbad fire resources are being deployed to other fires in the county as needed.

No additional Carlsbad-specific updates are planned at this time. For general fire information, please refer to the San Diego County emergency site, http://www.sdcountyemergency.com/

UPDATE 5/16/14, 7:30 AM

Poinsettia Fire is 85 percent contained. Fire crews continue to respond to hotspots in Carlsbad. City of Carlsbad Emergency Operations Center remains open to assist with response and recovery efforts. All roads are open and evacuations have been lifted. Resource information for fire victims has been posted to the city’s home page. Weather continues to be favorable, with 5 mph winds and higher humidity forecast through the weekend. Three Carlsbad strike teams are being redeployed to assist with efforts in San Marcos. Air quality continues to be a concern. Residents should avoid strenuous outdoor activities.

There are three points where Carlsbad Police Department is still controlling access to residents for safety reasons:
Black Rail Poinsettia
Black Rail Sapphire
Poinsettia Brigantine

The Carlsbad Police Department has established a Tip Hotline for the Poinsettia Fire. If you have any information regarding the origin of the fire or suspicious activity or persons who may be involved with the starting of the fires, please call 760-602-7599 or email PoinsettiaFire@carlsbadca.gov

Structure damage assessment remains at:
8 single family homes were destroyed or incurred substantial damage
3 single family homes sustained minor damage
1 multi-family 18-unit apartment building was destroyed
1 multi-family 18-unit apartment building incurred considerable damage
2 commercial buildings destroyed/substantially damaged
1 modular building was destroyed

All core city services are available today.

City Hall and the Faraday Center will be open for regular business today.
Dove Library will be closed today.
Cole Library is open today from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Library Learning Center is open today from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

All City of Carlsbad Parks & Recreation facilities will be closed today, with the exception of the Carlsbad Senior Center, located at 799 Pine Ave.
The Senior Center will be open normal hours 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.; all regularly scheduled services will be available and the Senior Center will continue to serve as a “cool zone.”

All Parks & Recreation classes are cancelled today.

Follow the jump for all the previous updates. . .UPDATE 5/15/14, 9:51 p.m.

If you have been waiting to contact the Police Department for a non-emergency issue, like a crime report, we are now back to normal police services. Non-emergency number is 760-931-2197. Safety Center is open Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

UPDATE 5/15/14, 7 p.m.

City Hall and the Faraday Center will be open for regular business tomorrow, Friday.

Dove Library will be closed Friday, May 16. Cole Library is open today until 9 p.m. & tomorrow (Friday) from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Library Learning Center is open today until 8 p.m. & tomorrow from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Dove Library Storytime Theater programs on May 16 will be relocated to the Learning Center (10:30 a.m.) & Cole Library (1:30 p.m.). The library has extended due dates for any items normally due this week (May 14 through May 18) to Monday, May 19. All holds for library materials have been extended until Monday, May 19. Questions? Please call 760-434-2871 or email librarian@carlsbada.gov.

All City of Carlsbad Parks & Recreation facilities will be closed Thursday, with the exception of the Carlsbad Senior Center, located at 799 Pine Ave. The Senior Center will be open normal hours 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.; all regularly scheduled services will be available and the Senior Center will continue to serve as a “cool zone.”

UPDATE, 5/14/14, 6:40 p.m.

The evacuation order has been lifted on all areas associated with the Poinsettia Fire. Residents are allowed to re-enter the area and their homes. Please use caution as there are still police and fire equipment and personnel in some areas. Thanks for your patience and cooperation.
City of Carlsbad incident command staff are preparing to release some resources so they can be redeployed where needed. Current city resources deployed include 9 strike teams, 4 hand crews and 2 bulldozers with crews, representing approximately 300 firefighters.

UPDATE 5/15/14, 5:50 PM

Major roadways throughout Carlsbad are now open; however limited access has been granted to Ambrosia Lane to facilitate support for safety personnel. Law enforcement personnel will be setting up checkpoints to monitor access to evacuated areas. Please proceed with caution and obey directions from safety personnel.

If you needed to abandon your vehicle due to the evacuation please retrieve your vehicles from roadways to keep them clear for normal traffic.

UPDATE 5/15/14, 5:25 PM

The evacuation order has been lifted for the following streets:

Sapphire Drive
Turquoise Drive
Ruby Way
Opal Way
Topaz Way
Coral Way

The evacuation order is lifted for all neighborhoods with access off of Ambrosia Lane, north of Aviara Parkway and south of Poinsettia Lane.

The evacuation order is lifted for all neighborhoods with access off Mimosa Drive, south of Poinsettia, north of Aviara Parkway and west of El Camino Real.

The following streets can access their homes via Brigantine Dr. to retrieve necessities only. The evacuation order is still in place for these streets:

Brigantine Drive
Wayfinders Court
Seaport Place
Maritime Drive
Weatherly Road
Martingale Court

Skimmer Court remains closed and the evacuation order is still effect.

Residents returning to evacuated areas are reminded to:

• Report any gas or electricity issues to 800-411-SDGE.
• Use a flashlight. Do not light matches or turn on electrical switches if you suspect electrical damage or gas leaks.
• Check for gas leaks starting at the water heater. If you smell gas, get everyone out of the house; turn off the main gas valve, open windows and contact the utility company.
• If there is no power, check to make sure the main breaker is on. Fires may cause breakers to trip. If the breakers are on and power is still not present, contact the utility company.
• Inspect the roof immediately and extinguish any sparks or embers. Wildfires may have left burning embers that could re-ignite.
• Recheck for smoke and sparks throughout the home, including the attic for several hours. The winds of wildfires can blow burning embers anywhere. Keep checking your home for embers that could cause fires.
• Do not consume any food, beverages or medications that have been exposed to smoke, ash, heat, pressure, or chemicals.

Additional safety tips for residents returning to evacuation areas are available on the San Diego County Recovery web site, http://sdcountyrecovery.com.

The only residents who may return to their homes are those who have received a message via the Alert San Diego reverse 9-1-1 system notifying them that the evacuation order has been lifted for their area. Please proceed with caution and obey direction by safety personnel.

UPDATES, 5/15/14, 10:41 AM

The Carlsbad Police Department has established a Tip Hotline for the Poinsettia Fire. If you have any information regarding the origin of the fire or suspicious activity or persons who may be involved with the starting of the fires, please call 760-602-7599 or email PoinsettiaFire@carlsbadca.gov.

UPDATES, 5/15/14, 9:00 AM

The 400-acre Poinsettia Fire is now 60% contained. Damage assessments continue to be conducted throughout the city.

Aviara Parkway between Ambrosia Lane and El Camino Real is now open to traffic; however please limit travel as much as possible to keep roads clear for emergency vehicles. Please remain vigilant and follow direction by safety personnel.

Trash pickup will resume today to accessible neighborhoods. Regularly scheduled pickups will be delayed by one day this week.

SDG&E is working collaboratively with local authorities to safely restore power as quickly as possible to those customers affected by the outages.

Residents with large animals impacted by the fires who need help with their animals should call the County Department of Animal Services emergency line at 619-236-2341.

City Hall, Faraday Center, Carlsbad Senior Center, Cole Library and the Library Learning Center remain open. Alga Norte, Harding and Stagecoach community centers, Monroe Street Pool and the Dove Library will be closed today.

Carlsbad’s Bike to Work Day pit stop scheduled for May 16 has been cancelled.

UPDATE 5/15/14, 3:20 AM

The following roads in Carlsbad remain closed. Due to the road closures, morning traffic is expected to be congested. Please stay off the roads if possible or use alternate routes.

Aviara from Ambrosia to El Camino Real

El Camino Real from Alga to Palomar Airport Road

Camino Vide Robles between Palomar Airport Road and El Camino Real

Poinsettia from Black Rail to El Camino Real

Palomar Oaks Way

Cassia

UPDATE 5/15/14, 12:46 AM

Initial structural damage assessment is $22.5 million in Carlsbad from the Poinsettia Fire

UPDATE 5/15/14, 12:30 AM

Carlsbad Poinsettia Fire 50% contained. No injuries or deaths have been reported

UPDATE 5/14/14, 11:25 PM

Updated preliminary damage assessment: 8 homes, an 18-unit apartment complex and 2 commercial structures in Carlsbad have been damaged or destroyed

UPDATE, 5/14/14, 10:40 PM

Evacuation orders have been lifted and residents may return to the following areas in Carlsbad:

Area east of El Camino Real, south of Alga Road. Recommended route is westbound on Alga from Melrose or northbound on El Camino Real from La Costa

Aviara Parkway from Poinsettia to Ambrosia. Recommended route is from the west, traveling eastbound on Poinsettia to Aviara Parkway.

Area south of Aviara Parkway

Following streets North of Aviara Parkway

Blackrail

Nightshade

Tohee

Cormorant

Baccharis

All hotels on Palomar Airport Road near the airport are open

The current damage assessment as of 5:15 PM

Eight homes, an eight-unit apartment complex and one commercial structure have been damaged by the fire. There is no disruption to utilities such as water and sewer.

All City of Carlsbad Parks & Recreation facilities will be closed Thursday, with the exception of the Carlsbad Senior Center, located at 799 Pine Ave. The Senior Center will be open normal hours 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.; all regularly scheduled services will be available and the Senior Center will continue to serve as a “cool zone.”

Carlsbad City Library on Dove Lane will be closed Thursday; Cole Library and the Library Learning Center will be open.

The City of Carlsbad Mayor and City Manager have signed emergency declaration allowing the City of Carlsbad to receive emergency funding.

For the latest street closure information, visit http://www.dot.ca.gov/dist11/
For power outage information, visit http://www.sdge.com/safety/outages/outage-map

UPDATE, 5/14/14, 4:51 PM

Westfield Plaza Camino Real is unable to accept any additional large animals such as horses and livestock. Residents with large animals needing to evacuate should call San Diego County Animal Services for assistance: 619-236-2341.

UPDATE, 5/14/14, 4:10 PM

Calavera Hills Community Center, located at 2997 Glasgow, is open as a shelter accepting residents and their pets such as dogs, cats and rabbits. Community members are asked to crate their animals and have leashes available for their dogs. Residents with larger animals such as livestock are asked to head to Westfield Plaza Camino Real. The shelter is full stocked and not in need of donations at this time.

UPDATE, 5/14/14, 3:35 PM

La Costa Canyon High School, located at 1 Maverick Way, Carlsbad, 92009, has opened as an evacuation shelter run by the Red Cross. La Costa Canyon High School cannot accept pets. Residents with pets are asked to head to Westfield Plaza El Camino Real until another shelter opens.

Carlsbad Unified School District is closing all schools Thursday and Friday. No school structures have been damaged, however, they are closing as a precaution.

UPDATE, 5/14/14, 1:45 PM

The safety and security of the community is our top priority and all available resources are being deployed. As of 1:30 p.m., approximately 15,000 evacuations notifications have been sent. We have confirmation of two structures lost. Evacuation boundaries are west of El Fuerte Road, south of Palomar Airport Road, north of Aviara Parkway and west to the coast. Information on school evacuations is available at www.carlsbadusd.k12.ca.us

Updated information can be found at http://news.carlsbadca.gov. A temporary evacuation point is currently set up at Plaza El Camino Real southwest parking lot.

UPDATE, 5/14/14, 11:55 AM

The City of Carlsbad’s Dove Library, Aviara Community Park and Alga Norte Community Park are closed.

ORIGINAL STORY 5/14/14, 11:30 AM

A brush fire is currently burning in Carlsbad around the area of Poinsettia Lane and Alicante. Mandatory evacuations are in progress. Please listen to all police instructions regarding evacuations and traffic. Calavera Hills Community Center, 2997 Glasgow, is being opened as a shelter location. Pets are welcome. Aviara Oaks Elementary and Middle schools are being evacuated to Brighton Gardens, 2588 El Camino Real. Parent should report there to meet students. Westfield Plaza Camino Real is serving as a temporary evacuation point for people and animals.

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