The Chargers game a go
The Horno fire at Camp Pendleton, which has disrupted training for Marines set to deploy soon to Iraq, has burned 20,000 acres and is 80% contained, officials said this morning. Power has been restored to one large housing unit, but several areas of the sprawling base are still without electricity.
Elsewhere in San Diego County, initial indications were that the Witch, Harris, Rice and Poomacha fires consumed little acreage and no additional housing overnight.
"Right now we're moving into the mop-up and cleanup stage," said Sarah Gibson of the Califormia Department of Forestry. "We're moving into a repopulation phase."
In the city of San Diego, Qualcomm Stadium, the main shelter for evacuees, had dwindled to a few hundred people as the city tranferred control to the American Red Cross. The Red Cross also opened additional shelters to take evacuees from Qualcomm and elsewhere who cannot afford or obtain private temporary housing.
Mayor Jerry Sanders late Thursday announced that the stadium would be available for the scheduled game Sunday between the Chargers and the Houston Texans. Alternative sites had been considered by the NFL.
-- Tony Perry