Tuesday, October 23, 2007
Tuesday Afternoon Fire Updates
No new evacuations at this time
October 23, 2007
ENCINITAS SHELTER NO LONGER REQUIRES
DONATIONS OR VOLUNTEERS
Due to the generosity of the community, the emergency shelter at the Encinitas Community and Senior Center has received enough donated items to provide food and shelter for people who have evacuated to the site.
The City’s Parks and Recreation Department opened a shelter at the Encinitas Community and Senior Center, 1140 Oakcrest Park Drive, on Monday October 22nd, in response to a Fire Department order to evacuate parts of the community of Olivenhain. The City was able to provide a basic shelter with food, drinks and restroom and the community responded to requests generously.
The City of Encinitas would like to thank all those who donated to the shelter and requests that no further donations are taken to the shelter. There is also no need for volunteers at the shelter at this time. Further donations can be directed to organizations that are still in need of assistance.
A mandatory evacuation order will remain in place in Olivenhain for at least one more day, Encinitas Fire Department Chief Mark Muir told the City Council Tuesday.
Firefighters have taken positions east of Olivenhain to defend brushy and wooded topography south of Escondido Creek, he said. If the fire were to enter the creek's drainage, it could spread quickly to Olivenhain, a rural community of east Encinitas.
Mandatory evacuations of Olivenhain were ordered at 8:30 p.m. Monday. The Army National Guard is operating roadblocks and sheriff's deputies are patrolling the community to protect property from looters, sheriff's Capt. Don Fowler said.
Some Olivenhain residents have found refuge at the Encinitas Community and Senior Center, 1140 Oakcrest Park Drive. The evacuation center will remain open for at least one more day, officials said.
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Below photo is of the ash slicks that covered the ocean this morning. Photo taken by Phil Sanchez at Beacon's Beach in Leucadia.