Category Archives: Fire
SAN DIEGO – Looking Back at the May 2014 Firestorm: How A Community Showed Thanks to Firefighters Who Saved Their Homes. When the Cocos Fire roared through San Marcos last May, Stephanie Cowan wondered if her San Elijo Hills home would survive the flames. “Its was so scary,” she says remembering that day. “Neighbors were packing their cars as I was driving home. You could see the flames.” After the fire, she says she was overcome with relief and gratitude for the firefighters who saved her home. “Everyone who came back was so thankful that our houses were still here and I just wanted to capture that, express that.” Cowan did capture that emotion by producing a video featuring many of her neighbors thanking firefighters.
Source: Fire families say thank you | San Diego 6 News
Harmony Grove Residents Worry About Fire Evacuation Routes. The community of scattered homes in the hills and valleys of Harmony Grove was hard hit by the Cocos fire in May 2014. The flames burned dozens of homes in the neighborhood on the outskirts of Escondido, wiping out the century-old community of Harmony Grove Spiritualist Center.
Read More Via Source: Harmony Grove Residents Worry About Fire Evacuation Routes | KPBS
14-Year-Old Girl Guilty of Starting Cocos Fire: Judge
The girl faced four felony charges and a misdemeanor.
A 14-year-old girl was convicted Tuesday of starting last year’s devastating Cocos Fire by sparking a small fire in her backyard.
The judge found her guilty of four of the five counts against her, including the one linking her to the Cocos Fire, though the judge said she did not intend to harm anyone. READ & WATCH MORE via 14-Year-Old Girl Guilty of Starting Cocos Fire: Judge | NBC 7 San Diego.
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Investigator: Backyard Flames Do Not Necessarily Translate to Traveling Ember
Testimony continues from a neighbor and investigator in the arson trial of a Southern California teenager
A fire investigator testified Friday the flames started by a girl in her backyard did not necessarily have to create an ember that sparked the Cocos Fire. Here is more reporting on the trial Monday via Investigator: Backyard Flames Do Not Necessarily Translate to Traveling Ember | NBC 7 San Diego.
It was the battle of the fire experts both the prosecution and defense presented in their own fire investigators. Ending the second week of a 14-year-old girl’s arson trial Source: http://www.nbcsandiego.com/news/local/-Investigator-Says-Traveling-Ember-Couldnt-Have-Started-Cocos-Fire-297111161.html#ixzz3V5i8wO3b
Cal Fire Investigator Testifies Ember Sparked Cocos Blaze
Testimony comes in arson trial of Southern California teenager
A California state fire investigator testifying at the Cocos Fire arson trial on Wednesday explained why he had concluded that only an ember could have started the devastating blaze that swept across San Diego’s North County last year.
Capt. Christopher Palmer, a specialist with the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, said that there was no evidence that anyone had been in the canyon where the fire began, no footprints nor any other signs of human activity. READ MORE via Cal Fire Investigator Testifies Ember Sparked Cocos Blaze | NBC 7 San Diego.
15 Others Near Origin of Cocos Fire: Defense
More than a dozen suspicious people were seen near the site of the devastating Cocos Fire, according to defense attorneys of the teenager accused of arson.
The 15 suspicious people and a transient seen in the area of origin were mentioned during cross-examination of a Cal Fire investigator Tuesday. READ MORE via 15 Others Near Origin of Cocos Fire: Defense | NBC 7 San Diego.
Here is a collection of links to NBC7 & SDUT coverage of the Cocos Fire Trial
Trial starts for teen accused in Cocos fire
SAN DIEGO — On two consecutive hot and windy days in May, a teenage San Marcos girl walked deep into her backyard — Scripto lighter in hand — and intentionally set trees on fire, a prosecutor said in court Tuesday.
After setting the first fire, the girl, then 13, went back inside and laughed as she told her sister that a falling branch had sparked the blaze. She also told her mother, who called 911. Firefighters quickly doused it, Deputy District Attorney Shawnalyse Ochoa said.
READ MORE via Trial starts for teen accused in Cocos fire | UTSanDiego.com.