On my way to lunch I saw workers clearing brush from the south side of State Route 52 that abuts against private residences as it enters La Jolla. The 52 runs down the San Clemente Canyon into La Jolla and is considered by San Diego fire fighters to be a dangerous channel for wildfires entering the city from East County.
Despite the work that’s being done on the area on the far end of the 52, large stretches of San Clemente Canyon are still a concern to city firefighters as the city struggles to thin its brush land areas. In the wake of 2003’s Cedar Fire, city fire fighters concluded that had the hot Santa Ana winds not abated, the fire could have reached La Jolla within 24 hours.
Mayor Jerry Sanders recently announced a plan to begin clearing some of the city’s problematic brush in the name of fire prevention.