Radio Responds To San Diego Fires
May 15, 2014 at 11:13 AM (PT)
Fire season has returned early to SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA as over a half-dozen separate wildfires in and around SAN DIEGO have destroyed at least 20 structures and have prompted at least 23,000 evacuation notices to residents, businesses, schools and parts of a MARINE CORPS installation, CNN reports. Fueled by 90-degree-plus heat, low humidity and and dry SANTA ANA winds, the fires cover 1,5000 acres and have attracted 350 firefighters.
Predictably, local radio quickly sprung into action. The first of several fires began burning YESTERDAY (5/13) in RANCHO BERNARDO, approximately five miles from the home of LINCOLN FINANCIAL MEDIA Alternative KBZT (FM 94/9), AC KIFM, and Country KSON OM/PD KEVIN CALLAHAN.
CALLAHAN told ALL ACCESS his three FM stations are doing multiple updates every hour. "TWITTER, online and FACEBOOK are all lit up with every piece of info we can get. Traffic reports are being increased based on closures including both Northbound and Southbound lanes of the 15 North of ESCONDIDO."
MIDWEST TELEVISION Hot AC KFMB (JACK FM)/SAN DIEGO PD MIKE O'REILLY tells ALL ACCESS, "It's definitely busy down here. Other than the SAN MARCOS fire, it appears fire crews are getting a handle on containing the others.
DAVE, SHELLY, & CHAINSAW in the morning were all about updates, and school closings. SARA in the middays is passing along updates as they become available and we're funneling updates two to four times an hour during the JOHNJAY & RICH show during afternoons drive as there are still some areas where traffic is an issue along with any new fire updates. I think we're pretty much on the back side of this as long as the winds stay down."