There have been a few questions about whether the county’s reverse 911 also goes to cell phones — especially from those people who have eschewed landlines.

It doesn’t.

“It’s designed to call homes and that’s what it does,” said Ron Lane, director of the Office of Emergency Services.

But, with the cell phone network already having troubles supporting the volume of calls today, Lane said another estimated 30,000 calls to cell phones would severely burden mobile networks.

Officials have used the reverse 911 calls to issue advisory and mandatory evacuations to residents.

The Sheriff’s Department says it has called 194,673 homes since the fires started yesterday. That figure doesn’t include any calls made by the city of San Diego.


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