8/14/2012 03:41 PM PDT

Wilson Fire--Reverse 911

Wilson Fire-Reverse 911 activation

August 14, 3:45 p.m. 

About 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, the Sheriff?s Department used Reverse 911 to notify Ranchita residents to prepare for possible evacuations later in the day because  of concerns that the Wilson Fire burning southeast of the small community and spreading north might reach the area. Ranchita is about 10 miles southwest of Borrego Springs, and the Reverse 911 message went out to 228 phone numbers.  The message told residents they could evacuate Tuesday afternoon if they wished, and the American Red Cross was establishing a temporary evacuation site at Warner Springs High School at 30951 Highway 79, Warner Springs. A large animal evacuation point was set up at  Love Acre Ranch at 35490 Highway 79, Warner Springs.

Full Reverse 911 text:

This is San Diego County Sheriff's Department with an emergency message on August 14, 2012 at 3:00pm. There is a wildfire burning in a northerly direction through the area of Grapevine Canyon toward Ranchita. There is a concern that the fire may spread to your area. You are being advised to be ready for evacuation if notified to do so. You may evacuate now if you choose to do so. The American Red Cross will be setting up a temporary evacuation site at Warner Springs High School at 30951 Highway 79, Warner Springs. Large animals can be taken to Love Acre Ranch at 35490 Highway 79, Warner Springs. If you have an emergency call 911. Remain aware of your surroundings and monitor your local television and radio news stations for updates. For updated information about the fire, call the San Diego County Information line by dialing 211.