East County residents fear their full-time fire stations will close their doors

Contract with Cal Fire expires this June

LAKE MORENA, Calif. - Residents in San Diego's East County are worried their fully-staffed, 24/7 fire stations are going away.

The San Diego Rural Fire Protection District is hosting a meeting Feb. 4 at its Jamul station to discuss the future of stations in Lake Morena and Descanso.

Those stations are currently staffed by Cal Fire firefighters who are under contract with the district and the San Diego County Fire Authority. The CFA pays the district $3.1 million a year to keep those stations operating. The contract runs out in June.

The CFA said it will operate those stations with volunteer firefighters unless the Rural Fire Protection District dissolves and joins the County Fire Authority.

The decision worries Lake Morena residents like Bill Holtwick who always searches the skyline for fires.

"First sign of a puff somewhere, we get concerned," he said.

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