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Fire Maps & Prevention
California Native Plants
North County Transit District
Vista Transit Center
240 N. Santa Fe Rd. – near Main St.
Sprinter light-rail train, Breeze bus,
rest rooms, and vending machines
The Sprinter schedule shows…
15 minutes to Palomar College
20 minutes to CSU San Marcos
30 minutes to the beach
City of Vista
Access Vista Mobile App to report graffiti, etc.
VISTA GENERAL PLAN 2030
Videos of Vista City Council Meetings
City Council Agendas & Reports
Storm Information & Resources
2021-2022 CALIFORNIA RAINFALL SEASON
Golden Gate Weather Services
24 hour Rain Totals California
Plus Nevada and Southern Oregon
San Diego Weather Center
EDCO Recycling Guide
City of Vista
Cans, plastic, paper, cartons, cardboard, and glass
Large sheets of packing foam
“Recycle virtually all clean and dry paper” — EDCO
Pizza boxes aren’t clean and dry paper. So, apparently EDCO doesn’t want pizza boxes in the recycles bin.
Foam nuggets, styrofoam peanuts
Plastic bags… The grocery stores around here aren’t taking them any more for recycling. Even bags that hold other recycled items are not wanted in the recycle bins.
City of Vista Hazardous Waste Site Free to Vista residents… limited hours
WasteFreeSD.org 1-877-R-1-EARTH motor oil containers & filters, auto fluids, cleaners, fertilizers, batteries, fluorescent bulbs, chemicals, paints and solvents, electronics
PaintCare There are over 50 locations in San Diego County where residents and businesses can take old unwanted paint, stain, and varnish all year-round. Most PaintCare sites are paint stores with regular business hours and accept at least 5 gallons per visit.
For tips on using up leftover paint call (855) 724-6809.Household items
Amvets 877-990-8387 DAV Oceanside
Fire Maps & Prevention
Fire Activity Map
University of California
Click OK on the NAPSG popup to see map.
Click on icon at each fire for details. If acres burned is .01 then it’s probably a nothing-burger.
WFCA Fire Map
Western Fire Chiefs
City of Vista News
“With the prediction of high temperatures comes warnings about high fire danger. Power tools, including lawnmowers, are not recommended in hot weather to avoid sparks that ignite grass and brush fires.
Maintain defensible fire space around homes by removing dead leaves, debris, and other flammable items that an ember can ignite.
If you do choose to cut away and remove dead and dying plants near your homes or structures, use hand tools only.
Be particularly careful with smoking materials to avoid accidentally starting a fire.
Never pull your vehicle over in the grass; it can ignite a fire. Please ensure your vehicle is well maintained, as faulty catalytic converters have been a major cause of accidental fires in San Diego County.
If you have a trailer on your vehicle, ensure the chains don’t drag on the ground while driving and spark a fire.”
The Vista Press
“Everyone needs to remember that ALL fireworks are illegal in San Diego County, and for good reason. Considering the dry grass and brush in and around Escondido, anyone thinking about buying and using illegal fireworks needs to understand that negligently causing a fire can result in criminal and financial consequences.”
Rick Vogt, Escondido Fire Chief
North County Daily Star
Is now a good time to pull out mustard weed and grasses?
California native plants attract and support butterflies, birds, and hummingbirds… and evolved with water only from Mother Nature.
“A well designed hillside garden planted in native plants has no measurable erosion.”
California Native Plant Communities by Zip Code
California Native Plant Society
Tree of Life Nursery
Calscape : Enter a California address or click the map to see plants native to that location
California’s Own – Native Landscape Design Inc.
Theodore Payne Foundation
Leaf burn times of California native plants
“Non-Native Grasses and Weeds
The numbers explain why brush fires slowly spread in comparison to grass/weed fires.”
Las Pilitas Nursery
Click links below for current inventory, price, and info for native plants for sale at LasPilitas.com. Plants can be ordered online and delivered by mail.
Southern Monkey Flower
Narrow Leaf Southern Monkey Flower
Incienso and Brittlebush
Santa Cruz Island Buckwheat
San Miguel Island Buckwheat
St. Catherine’s Lace
Interior California Buckwheat
Giant Gum Plant
Creosote Bush and Chaparral
Yellow Bush Snapdragon
Wallaces Pitcher Plant
Silver Bush Lupine
Butterfly Mint Bush
Del Mar Manzanita
Artemisia Canyon Grey
California Monarch Milkweed
Ceanothus Ray Hartman
Ceanothus Julia Phelps
San Diego Mtn. Lilac
Island Mountain Mahogany
White flowering currant
San Diego Sage
Red California Fuchsia
“Long term studies have shown a well designed hillside garden planted in native plants has no measurable erosion.”
” reduce the planting density to about 30-40% cover… ” (to be firewise)
Las Pilitas Nursery
- Book review
The Drought-Defying California Garden
by Greg Rubin and Lucy Warren
“Instead of mixing California natives with plants from elsewhere, they recommend setting aside areas in your garden dedicated exclusively to California natives… California native plants come from harsh environments, and their primary mode of survival is to live in cooperative plant communities.”
Review by Succulents and More
“Natives are unparalleled at stabilizing slopes (you don’t often hear of landslides in the chaparral). They love the perfect drainage, and many are large enough to just sprawl down over large areas. The shredded redwood bark that we use can stick to grades as steep as 1.5:1”