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Elfin Forest/Harmony Grove Firefighters
After 35 years, Firefighter Richard Tilch will still tell you this is the best job in the world. More  

Cedar Fire 11 year anniversary

Elfin Forest/Harmony Grove Firefighters
The Fire Outside
My Window

by Sandra Millers Younger

Sandra and her family are survivors of the Cedar Fire and her destroyed home has been rebuilt.  Her book is based on extensive research and is full of background information about San Diego fires and the fire danger we face in our region. It is a must read! 

Buy it at

How Bad was the Cedar Fire?

October 25, 2003, Cedar Creek Falls, a lost hunter set a signal flare.
  • 113 injuries
  • 15 deaths including 1 firefighter
  • 2,873 homes and other structures damaged or destroyed
  • At one point, the fire spread 40,000 acres in one hour
  • Estimated fire suppression cost:  >$40 million.
  • Burned: 280,278 acres
  • Containment Date: November 3, 2003

Upcoming events

Elfin Forest/Harmony Grove Firefighters

DECEMBER 10, 2014
Firehouse Subs
132 North El Camino Real
Encinitas, CA  92024

Join us as Firehouse Subs donates $22,000 for 11,000 feet of hose damaged in the May 2014 fires!


Holiday safety tips from our family to yours

It only takes 6 seconds for a dry Christmas tree to catch your home on fire.
In 6 seconds a faulty light can set your Christmas tree, and then your house, on fire. (Video courtesy of National Institute of Standards and Technology).

We wish you the best this holiday season, but accidents happen, and we would be remiss if we didn’t share our annual reminder…

With all the hustle and bustle of holiday activities, safety can be forgotten. There are more than 12,000 fires each year during the holiday season, almost 500 fire-related deaths, and approximately a thousand injuries from decorating (think ladders).

We've prepared 5 safety tips on our website to help keep your family safe. Check it out.

$353,000 in grants provided to San Diego County Fire Departments in 2014!

We gave $110,000 to county fire agencies to improve response time

Five County fire departments received grants to improve their communication equipment on November 20. Photo courtesy of Kevin Pack, K.E. Pack Photography & Cal-Fire.

Thanks to a $100,000 grant from San Diego Gas & Electric and part of a $25,000 grant from the Grossmont Healthcare District, we presented $110,000 to five San Diego County fire agencies for the purchase of specialized communications equipment.

The following agencies received grants:

  • Deer Springs (three stations)
  • Mt. Laguna (one station)
  • Ramona (three stations)
  • San Pasqual Reservation (one station)
  • Valley Center (two stations)

Why did they need new communication equipment?

San Diego County’s goal is to have every fire station vehicle equipped with state of the art, standardized equipment to expedite response times, but the equipment is expensive.

The communication equipment consists of AVL (Automated Vehicle Locators) and MDC (Mobile Data Computers).

AVL enables dispatchers to see where every fire vehicle is located and send the closest unit to an emergency, no matter which fire department it belongs to. This can significantly reduce response times potentially saving lives in a medical emergency or keeping a small fire from becoming a major fire.  AVL also enables fire commanders to better manage a fire by seeing where all units are located and move them to help save homes as the fire moves and to protect firefighters as winds shift a fire’s path.

MDC’s enable each fire engine’s crew access to important information such as: maps of the area to which they are responding; pre-fire plans; medical information to help treat victims and specialized data about hazardous materials.  City fire departments already have this equipment installed in their vehicles, but most rural areas of the county do not have this equipment because their tax revenues are low because the rural areas are sparsely populated. 

We are pleased to have been able to provide grants to these departments, and we are grateful to our community partners for helping us get there.



Remembering the Cedar Fire - 11 years later

Design of the Cedar Fire Historical Monument.

No one who lived through it will ever forget the Cedar Fire. Fifteen people died, including one firefighter, and more than 2,232 homes were destroyed. It was the largest and most devastating fire in California’s history.

The Lakeside Historical Society is developing a Cedar Fire Historical Monument on a small vacant area of the Lakeside Fire Protection District’s River Park Fire Station.

“The Cedar Fire Monument won't only be a place to remember what and who were taken from us that day.  It's planned to be a place where the story of wildland fire is shared with our youth and newcomers to Lakeside. Where we recall in our history past fires, recent fires, and a place where future fires can be considered and prepared for. It's a space that all of us that were touched by the fire can share our experiences, our sorrows and our proud rebirth as a community,” said Lakeside District Fire Chief Andy Parr.

For more information on this project, please contact Chief Andy Parr at Lakeside Fire Protection District, (619)390.2350 or or

and note that your donation is for the Cedar Fire Monument.  


You are invited!

Firehouse Subs is replacing A LOT of hose destroyed in the May fires.  

Photo courtesy of Kevin Pack, K.E. Pack Photography & Cal-Fire.

The Fire Foundation received a $22,000 grant from Firehouse Subs to replace hose that was destroyed in the May 2014 fires.  This grant, which allowed for the purchase of 11,000 feet of wildland fire hose, will benefit about 20 fire departments, including city fire departments, which participated in the May fires.   
The ceremony will begin at 10:30 am on Wednesday, December 10 at Firehouse Subs’ Encinitas restaurant: 
132 North El Camino Real
Encinitas, CA  92024
Firehouse Subs is a strong supporter of our fire departments!  We should thank them by dining at their restaurants often.  

Please plan to stop by one of their locations real soon.  The food is delicious!!
  • El Camino Real, Encinitas
  • Escondido Gateway Center; West Valley Parkway, Escondido
  • El Camino North, Vista Way, Oceanside
  • Point Loma Plaza, Midway Drive, San Diego
  • Santee Town Center, Town Center Parkway, Santee – Coming Soon

Firefighting SantaWe wish you a warm and wonderful holiday season!

Frank H. Ault
Board Chairman 
Joan Jones
      Executive Director 

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