Air Quality Advisory

For Immediate Release

Contact: Joyce Masterson, 760-715-8407

As the winds potentially shift this evening, the air quality in  Escondido may worsen and  residents may smell smoke from the fires in San Marcos.  Residents are asked not to  call 9-1-1- unless you actually see flames.


School Closures

For Immediate Release

Joyce Masterson, 760-715-8407


The City of Escondido has been informed that all North County schools, including those in Escondido,  will be closed on Thursday, May 15, 2014.


Update from SDG&E - Conserve Power

Update from SDG&E:


  • We wanted to update you on existing outages and demand response programs being initiated. As of this update, the following communities and circuits are currently without power, as a result of de-energization for public safety and system reliability. Estimated restoration time for these circuits is 10:00PM.


  • Circuit 79 / 85 customers / Descanso
  • Circuit 238 / 1 customers / Boulder Creek
  • Circuit 222 / 377 customers / Santa Ysabel
  • Circuit 1030 / 728 customers / Valley Center
  • Circuit 358 / 250 customers / Alpine


  • In addition, several unplanned outages are currently affecting approximately 6,761 customers in Ramona, Pala, Lilac, Carlsbad, Grant Hill and Valley Center. For additional information on communities currently affected by an outage please see our outage map at  SDG&E also has an app that you might consider installing on your Smart Phone.


  • For those unaffected by power outages, SDG&E is calling on individuals to conserve power in this time of critical need.

Update on Escondido Fire

For immediate release: Revised 4:15 p.m.

Contact: Joyce Masterson, 760-839-4621


There are no fires burning in Escondido any longer.  The Escondido fire appears to have started accidentally due to an electrical problem or combustion of chemicals in a shed at 2183 Bear Valley Parkway.  The fire was limited to approximately 1 acre and damage was  limited to one mobile home, one car and one outbuilding, although nearby homes also sustained damage to fences, eaves, etc.


There is a fire burning in the hills behind Cal State San Marcos which has been evacuated.


Interstate 15 is closed in both directions at Highway 76.


Sprinter and Coaster are running normally.



Mop up Started of Escondido Fire

For immediate release

Joyce Masterson, 760-839-4631

The fire at Bear Valley Parkway and Oakhill has been contained and the fire department is starting mop up operations.  No evacuations were necessary.


Town Hall meeting Cancelled

For Immediate Release

Contact; Joyce Masterson, 760-839-4621


The Town Hall meeting scheduled for today, May 14, 2014 at 4:00 p.m. has been cancelled due to the fires.


Escondido Fire

For Immediate Release

Contact, Joyce Masterson, 760-839-4631

The Escondido Fire Department is making good progress in knocking down the fire in eastern Escondido.  The fire is at Bear Valley Parkway and Oak Hill, not Grand Avenue. 


As a precaution, the Escondido Emergency Operations Center has been activated to a Level II.


Escondido response to Fires


Contact: Joyce Masterson, 760-839-4621

The County has activated its Emergency Operations Center to a level 3.  Escondido has activated its Emergency Operations Center to a Level 1 to monitor all neighboring fires.  Escondido Fire is already providing Mutual Aid. PD is preparing to respond to any requests for Mutual Aid.


There is a fire north of Escondido at I-15 west of Highway 76 and Cal Fire is responding.  Escondido Fire Department is responding to a report of a fire at Bear Valley Parkway and Grand Avenue.


Updates will be provided as they become available.



Temporary Closure of Ryan Park for Turf Maintenance


Contact: Loretta McKinney, 760-839-4871

The City of Escondido will temporarily close Francis Ryan Park, located at 390 North Hidden Trails Road, beginning  May 19 through August 1, 2014 for annual turf maintenance. During that time the field will be aerated, fertilized, top dressed and over-seeded.  The public is asked to stay off the fields during this maintenance period to allow the existing Bermuda grasses in the heavily used areas to re-establish. However, the main parking lot and restroom gates will be unlocked daily to allow access.


Francis Ryan Park is one of the most well-used parks in Escondido.  Primarily designed for soccer, Ryan Park is the home field for the Escondido Soccer Club and the host site for 14 soccer tournaments throughout the year.    The timing of the turf maintenance closure was set to coincide with the end of the Escondido Soccer League season.


All soccer, football and general field use enthusiasts are encouraged to use alternate locations for play during this time. For more information or questions please contact the Community Services Department at 760-839-4691.




2nd Tuesday Book Club to Discuss The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger


CONTACT: Neva Robinson, 760-839-4839

Escondido, CA - Escondido Public Library invites adult readers to join the 2nd Tuesday Book Club meeting on Tuesday, June 10, 2014, at 6:00 PM in the Board Room. This month’s selection is a classic, The Catcher in the Rye, by J. D.  Salinger.

Published in 1951, the influential and widely-acclaimed story details two days in the life of 16-year-old Holden Caulfield, after he has been expelled from prep school. Confused and disillusioned, he searches for truth and rails against the "phoniness" of the adult world. He ends up exhausted and emotionally ill, in a psychiatrist's office.  After he recovers from his breakdown, Holden relates his experiences to the reader.

The 2nd Tuesday Book Club will continue on July 8, 2014, with a discussion on the short story collection, Damage Control, by Amber Dermont.  The selection for August 12, 2014, will be The Wandering Falcon by Jamil Ahmad.

This program is sponsored by Friends of Escondido Public Library.  All Library programs are free and open to the public.  Escondido Public Library is located at 239 South Kalmia Street in downtown Escondido. For more information about the 2nd Tuesday Book Club visit or contact the Library information desk at 760-839-4839.