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Rancho Bernardo is a sprawling community juxtaposed by Poway and Rancho Santa Fe and just east of Interstate 15.  Rancho Bernardo is well known for golf courses, shopping, and business communities (rare to much of North County).  Boasting some of the strongest schools within San Diego County and with good access to freeways both north and south, Rancho Bernardo has long been a desirable and expensive community to purchase within.

Being east of I-15, Rancho Bernardo tends to be much warmer than some of the more coastal areas of San Diego County and with very little development east of it, Rancho Bernardo is susceptible to fire.  Most recently, On October 22, 2007, the Witch Creek Fire burned through Rancho Bernardo and several other populous areas of San Diego County, destroying hundreds of houses, and completely destroying several entire neighborhoods, particularly ones that firefighters had trouble accessing due to rugged terrain and rapidly advancing flames pushed by strong Santa Ana winds.  The highly unpredictable flames pushed into the northeast section of Poway during the day, prompting evacuation of Palomar-Pomerado Hospital.  The neighborhoods of the Trails, Montelena and Westwood were the main areas hit in Rancho Bernardo.