Arson Arrests

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                               CONTACT:  Lt. N. GriffinDATE:  05/15/2014                                                               PHONE: (760) 839-4444

The Escondido Police Department is reporting the arrest of two persons who are believed to be responsible for starting at least two fires in the area of South Escondido.

At about 6:30 PM, a citizen reported seeing two persons who set a small brush fire in the area of South Escondido Blvd.  The citizen was able to put out the small fire and contacted law enforcement.  At about 7:25 PM, a citizen who was in the area of Westfield Mall, contacted Escondido Police and report he was chasing two persons who he had witnessed attempting to start a fire in the area of Kit Carson Park.  The description of the suspects in both cases were similar.

Escondido Police Officers contact two persons matching the description not far from Westfield Mall.  After questioning, both subjects were taken into custody for Arson related charges.  One of the suspects arrested is a seventeen year old juvenile who resides in Escondido.  The other suspect is identified as Isaiah Silva, 19 years old, of Escondido.

          Investigation is continuing.  


Update on Cocos Fire

For Immediate Release, May 15, 2014, 8:02 p.m.

Contact: Joyce Masterson, 760-839-5025


Escondido is now a part of  the Unified Command for the Cocos fire.  The Incident Command Post for the Cocos Fire is still at Cal State San Marcos. The establishment of Cal Fire’s base camp at Kit Carson Park is progressing well.


At this point it has been confirmed that one home and two outbuildings on Mount Whitney Drive in the unincorporated area of the County were destroyed.  No homes have been lost within the city limits.


Schools in Escondido will be closed again on Friday, May 16, 2014.


The Evacuation Center at Escondido High  approximately 160 evacuees there as well as many small and large animals.


Escondido Police Department continues to  maintain security at the evacuation center and in evacuated areas.



Palomar Medical Center ER

For Immediate Release; May 15, 2014, 5:36 p.m.

Contact: Joyce Masterson, 760-715-8407

Although the emergency rooms at both Palomar Medical Center (PMC)  and its downtown campus are open, patients with non-life threatening medical emergencies are asked to go to the emergency room at Palomar Health  Downtown Campus until the threat of fire at PMC is gone.


Updated Road Closures

For Immediate Release

Contact: Joyce Masterson, 760-839-5025



The Sheriff’s Department says the following road closures are in effect because of the Cocos Fire:

San Elijo Hills:
-Double Peak Road at San Elijo Road
-San Elijo Road at Questhaven
-San Elijo Road at Elfin Forest
-Questhaven at Attebury
-Melrose at Boulder Ridge
-La Costa Meadows at South Rancho Santa Fe Road
-San Elijo Road at South Rancho Santa Fe Road
-Rancho Santa Fe Road at Melrose

Cal State San Marcos:
-South Twin Oaks Valley Road at Highway 78
-Barham Road at La Moree Road
-South Twin Oaks Valley Road at Craven Drive

-South Twin Oaks Valley Road at Village
-Via Del Campo at Coronado Hills
-La Moree Road at Barham Drive (both directions)
-La Moree Road at Coronado Hills
-La Moree Road at Via Del Campo

Discovery Hills:
-Bent Avenue at Discovery Road
-Via Vera Cruz at Discovery Street
-San Pablo at Discovery
-Skyline at Via Vera Cruz
-Craven Road at Discovery Street

Harmony Grove:
-Harmony Grove Drive at Village
-Wilgen Drive at Harmony Grove
-Harmony Grove Village

Escondido and unincorporated:
-Valley Parkway at Citracado Parkway
-Del Dios Hwy from Via Rancho Parkway to Rancho Road 

Update on Evac/Pets, Large and Small at Escondido HS

For Immediate Release

Contact: Joyce Masterson, 760-839-5025

The Evacuation Center at Escondido High School is accepting large animals such as llamas, horses, goats, etc. as well as chickens, dogs, cats and other small animals.  If possible, please bring your own leashes, cages, and food bowls to help your animal feel more comfortable in an unfamiliar environment.

Escondido High School
1535 N Broadway

Road Closure updates: 78 EB and Del Dios Hwy

For Immediate Release
May 15, 2014
Contact: Joyce Masterson, 760-839-5025

CHP and Caltrans have closed EB 78 to San Marcos Blvd., Twin Oaks Valley Rd., Barham and Nordahl.

CHP and Caltrans are advising that they are closing Del Dios Hwy. from Via Rancho Parkway to Rancho Dr. just west of Escondido so that nearby evacuees can escape.

No Arrest Made in Connection with Fire

For Immediate Release

May 15, 2014

Contact: Joyce Masterson (760) 839-5025



There have been reports that the Escondido Police Department arrested  a suspect in connection with the fires.  This report is incorrect.  A suspect was detained but it was determined there was no connection between him and the fire.

Evacuation / Fire Map

For Immediate Release

Contact: Joyce Masterson, 760-839-5025

Source: NBC 7 San Diego

NEW WEST ESCONDIDO EVACUATION MAP: Blue area has been ordered to evacuate. Red area is active San Marcos fire moving east.
#NBC7 is live-streaming #SDFire coverage here >>>





Pets - Evacuation location

For Immediate Release

Contact: Joyce Masterson, 760-839-5025

Update regarding pets:

Evacuation location - Escondido High School, 1535 N. Broadway in Escondido - is pet friendly. You can take your pets there with you.

Mandatory evacuations - Clarification

Clarification to Evacuation post below...


Mandatory evacuations have been ordered for Escondido residents living NORTH & WEST  of West Valley Parkway between Via Rancho Parkway and Highway 78.  Residents are directed to evacuation centers at either Escondido High School, 1535 N. Broadway in Escondido or Mission Hills High School, at 1 Mission Hills Court in San Marcos.   Residents are being notified by Reverse 9-1-1 calls.


Palomar Medical Center West will shelter in place.


For updates please visit the City of Escondido’s website ( or Facebook.