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Two Off-Duty Oakland Firefighters Shot, One Fatally, in San Jose's Japantown
Two off-duty Oakland firefighters were shot, one fatally, in San Jose's Japantown on Thursday night, and one person has been detained in connection with the crime, police say. The shooting was reported at 9:37 p.m. near 8th and Taylor streets, across the street from Gordon Biersch Brewery, according to police.
- PUB DATE: 8/18/2017 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: NBC Bay Area
Posted on Fri, 18 Aug 2017 07:00:00 GMT

Former Fire Chief Jack Clark mourned in Grass Valley
The Grass Valley Fire Department announced it will honor former Chief Jack Clark, who recently died, with a bell ringing Saturday morning. According to a news release, family and firefighters on Wednesday gathered at the home of Clark, a longtime Grass Valley Fire Department volunteer firefighter and past chief of the department.
- PUB DATE: 8/17/2017 8:59:11 PM - SOURCE: Grass Valley Union
Posted on Fri, 18 Aug 2017 03:59:11 GMT

New fire chief chosen for cities of Rocklin, Lincoln
Bill Hack, Chico’s former fire chief, has been hired as fire chief for the cities of Rocklin and Lincoln. Hack will begin his new duties Monday and will succeed Kurt Snyder, who is retiring in September, according a joint Rocklin-Lincon news release. Snyder was the first chief to oversee both the Rocklin and Lincoln departments under a shared fire services agreement that began in 2016.
- PUB DATE: 8/17/2017 1:14:01 PM - SOURCE: Sacramento Bee
Posted on Thu, 17 Aug 2017 20:14:01 GMT

Firefighters Knock Down Fire At Wrecking Yard In Modesto
Firefighters responded Thursday afternoon to a large fire at a wrecking yard in Modesto. The fire started around 1:30 p.m., sending up thick, black smoke. When crews arrived at the business on Crows Landing Road, they found 20 vehicles on fire. Traffic on Highway 99 was reduced to a crawl. Authorities were worried flames would spread to nearby businesses or homes; however, that didn’t happen.
- PUB DATE: 8/17/2017 2:55:53 PM - SOURCE: KOVR-TV CBS Sacramento
Posted on Thu, 17 Aug 2017 21:55:53 GMT

For rent by the Menlo Park Fire Protection District: $4.6 million Atherton home
An Atherton home next door to the Almendral Avenue fire station, purchased by the fire district for $4.6 million in June, should be managed as a rental, not as a crash pad for weary Menlo Park Fire Protection District employees, the district's board said on Tuesday (Aug. 15). Chief Harold Schapelhouman had recommended in a report to the board that the district "clean up the home and allow Chief Officers, Fire Investigators and other appropriate safety personnel to use the three bedrooms in order to avoid long commutes to their primary residences.
- PUB DATE: 8/17/2017 1:08:51 PM - SOURCE: Menlo Park Almanac
Posted on Thu, 17 Aug 2017 20:08:51 GMT

Series of fires close Highway 89 in eastern Shasta County
A series of fires closed Highway 89 in eastern Shasta County Thursday afternoon. According to CAL FIRE, firefighters battled a series of fires which burned 17 acres near the intersection of Highway 89 and Highway 299. The fire was 90 percent contained as of Friday morning. Caltrans reported the closure of Highway 89 from between Highway 299 and Highway 44 during the incident.
- PUB DATE: 8/17/2017 5:15:54 PM - SOURCE: KRCR-TV ABC 7 & KCVU-TV Fox 20
Posted on Fri, 18 Aug 2017 00:15:54 GMT

Brush Fire Burns 80+ Acres At Camp Pendleton
Crews have stopped the forward progress of a brush fire that blackened 60 acres overnight in the northwestern reaches of Camp Pendleton, base officials said early Wednesday. The blaze broke out about 11:45 p.m. Tuesday in the San Mateo helicopter landing zone at the base, said Capt. Brian Villiard, a Camp Pendleton spokesman.
- PUB DATE: 8/16/2017 11:54:01 AM - SOURCE: Laguna Niguel-Dana Point
Posted on Wed, 16 Aug 2017 18:54:01 GMT

Bees swarm Palmdale High School; 35 transported to hospitals
A swarm of bees stung about 40 students on the campus of Palmdale High School after someone apparently threw an apple at their hive, officials said. Thirty-five people who were stung were transported to hospitals for minor injuries. Witnesses said one person was stung about 13 times. Los Angeles County fire officials responded to the school at around 1 p.
- PUB DATE: 8/16/2017 8:04:35 AM - SOURCE: KABC
Posted on Wed, 16 Aug 2017 15:04:35 GMT

Man Accused of Torching Hollywood Apartment Construction Site Pleads Not Guilty
A 20-year-old man accused of setting a fire at an apartment complex that was being built southeast of Hollywood pleaded not guilty Thursday to arson charges. Benicio Garcia faces up to 12 years and four months in prison if convicted of two counts each of arson of an inhabited structure and arson of a structure, according to the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office.
- PUB DATE: 8/17/2017 10:45:38 AM - SOURCE: KNBC-TV NBC 4 Los Angeles
Posted on Thu, 17 Aug 2017 17:45:38 GMT

Crews try to push Yosemite wildfire away from small town
Crews fighting a fire in Yosemite National Park are attempting to guide the flames deeper into the wilderness and away from a small community. The fire is burning about 1 mile (1.6 kilometers) east of Wawona, a tiny community near the park's south entrance that swells this time of year with up to 2,000 visitors attending a church camp and renting cabins.
- PUB DATE: 8/17/2017 9:54:43 AM - SOURCE: Sacramento Bee
Posted on Thu, 17 Aug 2017 16:54:43 GMT

Salinas Fire officials crack down on fire extinguisher scammers
For nearly a decade the Salinas Fire Department said individuals have posed as representatives of the "Fire Marshal's Office" or "inspectors" wanting to check on businesses fire extinguishers for cash. In some instances fire officials said the individuals have threatened businesses with fines if they do not allow them to service fire extinguishers on the property and pay cash up front.
- PUB DATE: 8/17/2017 10:45:04 AM - SOURCE: KION-TV CBS 46
Posted on Thu, 17 Aug 2017 17:45:04 GMT

Grandfather, 2 children dead after San Jose mobile home fire
A grandfather and two children have died in a San Jose mobile home fire on Tuesday. Firefighters received a report at around 12:33 p.m. of a fully-involved mobile home fire at the Golden Wheel Mobile Home Park. The fire was burning fast and was dangerous because of lightweight construction. When crews arrived, the front half was already completely burnt and collapsed.
- PUB DATE: 8/15/2017 9:33:46 PM - SOURCE: KRON TV NBC 4 San Francisco
Posted on Wed, 16 Aug 2017 04:33:46 GMT

Police discover $1 million illegal pot grow operation inside Desert Hot Springs home after small fire
Desert Hot Springs police officers discovered a marijuana grow house operation after a small fire at the residence Tuesday morning. Firefighters responded to calls of a structure fire at a residence in the 65300 block of Osprey Lane at around 5:45 a.m. According to Cal Fire, firefighters discovered smoke from an electrical panel and quickly contained it.
- PUB DATE: 8/15/2017 5:05:43 PM - SOURCE: KESQ-TV Channel 3
Posted on Wed, 16 Aug 2017 00:05:43 GMT

Firefighters halt 540-acre Mias fire above Banning, now mopping up
The wildland fire burning above Banning was much less wild after its first 24 hours. By Tuesday evening, Aug. 15, firefighters had put a stop to the Mias fire’s spread and greatly increased containment. “Everything’s holding right now. We’re very excited about the progress everybody’s been making,” said Capt.
- PUB DATE: 8/16/2017 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Redlands Daily Facts
Posted on Wed, 16 Aug 2017 07:00:00 GMT

Riverside transient accused of setting six fires in Arlington neighborhood
A transient man was arrested Tuesday morning in connection with six fires in structures throughout Riverside’s Arlington neighborhood, including the fire Saturday in the Riverside County Social Services building. Daniel Moreno, 32, was detained by police about 3:30 a.m. Tuesday after they responded to a fire at an apartment complex in the 3900 block of Reynolds Road — the same street where the Social Services building is — said Riverside Fire Department Fire Investigations Capt.
- PUB DATE: 8/15/2017 6:17:13 PM - SOURCE:
Posted on Wed, 16 Aug 2017 01:17:13 GMT

Opinion: Sacramento firefighters union says civilian paramedics are a bad idea. They worked.
The city of Sacramento quietly took ambulances staffed with civilian paramedics out for a six-month test drive – and it went smoothly. That should lower the volume on public safety concerns raised by the local firefighters’ union, which has steadfastly resisted the idea of having anything other than two firefighters in every city ambulance.
- PUB DATE: 8/15/2017 1:13:11 PM - SOURCE: Sacramento Bee
Posted on Tue, 15 Aug 2017 20:13:11 GMT

Water scooped from UC Riverside citrus groves helps stop Blaine Fire
Firefighters were edging closer Tuesday to fully containing a wildfire that has scorched more than 1,000 acres around a mountain between Moreno Valley and Riverside. As of late Tuesday morning, the “Blaine Fire” was 95 percent contained, with expectations that the blaze will be completely encircled by nightfall.
- PUB DATE: 8/15/2017 5:21:40 PM - SOURCE:
Posted on Wed, 16 Aug 2017 00:21:40 GMT

Firefighters Surprise Homeowners With Next-Day Retardant Cleanup in Riverside
Gavin Bryant says his house looks so much better than it did after he shot video of it after Sunday’s fire. CAL FIRE made a series of retardant drops during an aggressive firefight in Moreno Valley Sunday saving several homes in the Box Springs Mountain area where more than 1000 acres burned. “The coating was so thick – you couldn’t see through the window,” Gavin Bryant said.
- PUB DATE: 8/14/2017 10:50:12 PM - SOURCE: KCAL-TV Los Angeles
Posted on Tue, 15 Aug 2017 05:50:12 GMT

Orange County: Crews displaced by Fire Station 61 fire move into temporary station at Walter Knott Elementary
Not unlike students returning to school this month for the first day of class, Orange County Fire Authority and Buena Park firefighters returned to school Monday, Aug. 14. Sort of. More than seven months after a fire burned down the city’s 50-year-old Station 61, crews displaced by the blaze moved into Walter Knott Elementary, a Centralia School District site turned temporary fire station.
- PUB DATE: 8/14/2017 11:02:23 PM - SOURCE: Orange County Register
Posted on Tue, 15 Aug 2017 06:02:23 GMT

Rio Dell Fire Chief saves paraplegic mans life
Community members are saying a paraplegic man’s life would have been lost if it weren’t for the quick action of Chief Shane Wilson of the Rio Dell Volunteer Fire Department. Just 11 minutes into the Wildwood Day’s parade on Saturday, firefighters were called to a house fire on Ash Street. Children in the parade were quickly taken off the fire trucks, assisted by the Chief’s teenage daughter, Jaeden, so firefighters could respond.
- PUB DATE: 8/14/2017 7:09:35 PM - SOURCE: KIEM-TV NBC 3 Eureka
Posted on Tue, 15 Aug 2017 02:09:35 GMT

CAL FIRE arrests woman for arson, warrants in Shasta County
CAL FIRE officers arrested Jessica Fore, 34, Monday on suspicion of arson after a fire in Happy Valley. Around noon Monday, firefighters were called to a vegetation fire near Olinda Road and Erma Lane. They contacted a woman they saw walking away from the fire when they arrived. The fire, which only burned a large spot, was put out by a passerby before firefighters got to the scene.
- PUB DATE: 8/15/2017 8:40:37 AM - SOURCE: KRCR-TV ABC 7 & KCVU-TV Fox 20
Posted on Tue, 15 Aug 2017 15:40:37 GMT

Trees Killed By Bark Beetles At Center Of Yosemite National Park Fire
Rangers at Yosemite National Park have alerted a small community about a wildfire that crews are struggling to contain as they fight it from the air and ground, officials said Monday. Flames have come within 2 miles of Wawona, a tiny community near the park’s south entrance that swells this time of year with up to 2,000 visitors attending a church camp and renting cabins around a market and small library.
- PUB DATE: 8/14/2017 5:20:08 PM - SOURCE: KOVR-TV CBS Sacramento
Posted on Tue, 15 Aug 2017 00:20:08 GMT

Two-alarm fire damages Arden Arcade apartments in Sacramento
Ten people have been displaced by a fire that resulted in damage to four apartments in the Arden Arcade area. The two-alarm fire was reported shortly before 4 p.m. Monday in the 2200 block of Hurley Way. The fire started in an upstairs unit and spread to an adjoining unit, causing extensive damage, said Capt.
- PUB DATE: 8/14/2017 7:16:49 PM - SOURCE: Sacramento Bee
Posted on Tue, 15 Aug 2017 02:16:49 GMT

Eight firefighters injured in fire crew truck rollover in Modoc County
Eight Firestorm firefighters were injured Friday morning after the crew truck they were riding in rolled over while traveling on Highway 299E near McKenney Road, west of Cedarville. According to Firestorm, all eight members who were injured were passengers. CHP reported that all eight were taken to the hospital.
- PUB DATE: 8/14/2017 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KRCR TV
Posted on Mon, 14 Aug 2017 07:00:00 GMT

Firefighters known for their work on land. But their efforts on water just as crucial
The most dramatic images of firefighters often depict them emerging from a building engulfed in flames, a person draped across their arms, or making their way down a ladder high in the air, a child held tightly to their chest. Rescues from burning buildings happen, but are rare. In fact, firefighters with the Stanislaus Consolidated Fire Protection District more commonly conduct water rescues, having averaged nearly three per week this spring and summer.
- PUB DATE: 8/13/2017 6:24:09 PM - SOURCE: modestoBee
Posted on Mon, 14 Aug 2017 01:24:09 GMT

Mayor's urgent fix for San Francisco's 911 crisis remains hung up
In the world of 911 emergency calls, it’s the one statistic that matters most: the percentage that are answered within 10 seconds. The industry standard is 90 percent, the nationally accepted target signaling a properly functioning call center. In early May, San Francisco dispatchers were answering just 75 percent of calls within 10 seconds, prompting Mayor Ed Lee to issue an executive order demanding major change.
- PUB DATE: 8/13/2017 1:47:15 AM - SOURCE: San Francisco Chronicle (
Posted on Sun, 13 Aug 2017 08:47:15 GMT

Los Angeles County Sheriff Deputy's Death During Police and Fire Games Ruled Accidental
The death of a reserve Los Angeles County sheriff's deputy while participating in the mountain biking competition at the 2017 World Police & Fire Games was an accident, authorities said Saturday. The coroner's office conducted an examination of Deputy Jacob Castroll, 67, and determined he died from blunt force trauma of the head and neck, according to the coroner's website.
- PUB DATE: 8/12/2017 10:14:29 PM - SOURCE: KNBC-TV NBC 4 Los Angeles
Posted on Sun, 13 Aug 2017 05:14:29 GMT

Blaine Fire in Riverside 30 Percent Contained at 1,044 Acres; Evacuation Order Lifted
A brush fire in the Box Springs Mountain area of Riverside is 30 percent contained at 1,044 acres and evacuation order near the blaze has been lifted. The Blaine Fire was reported about 4:10 p.m. Sunday in the 300 block of Blaine Street in the city of Riverside before it quickly burned into Cal Fire and Riverside County Fire Department jurisdiction, according to the Cal Fire's incident information page.
- PUB DATE: 8/13/2017 9:32:15 PM - SOURCE: KTLA-TV WB 5 Los Angeles
Posted on Mon, 14 Aug 2017 04:32:15 GMT

Lake Sonoma campsite fire forces evacuations
Almost 900 campers were occupying a Lake Sonoma campground early Sunday morning when a fire broke out just before 1 a.m., according to a U.S. Army Corps of Engineer park ranger. The fire grew to nearly 3 acres before crews were able to put it out, and no injuries were reported. Park ranger Lance Pool said that 886 people were booked into the campground Saturday night.
- PUB DATE: 8/13/2017 3:26:13 PM - SOURCE: The Press Democrat
Posted on Sun, 13 Aug 2017 22:26:13 GMT

San Diego Firefighters Receive New Technology To Improve Communication
Poway-based General Atomics Aeronautical Systems will provide the city of San Diego with the use of an aircraft to improve communication between firefighters during wildfires, the mayor's office announced Thursday. In the first phase of an agreement between the company and the city, San Diego firefighters will ride along on a General Atomics aircraft outfitted with sensors focused on gathering details on fire behavior and location.
- PUB DATE: 8/10/2017 5:28:01 PM - SOURCE: KPBS-TV PBS San Diego
Posted on Fri, 11 Aug 2017 00:28:01 GMT

Follow Up: Santa Cruz firefighter ‘one cape short of being a superhero’ has died
A Merced man who was a firefighter with the Santa Cruz Fire Department for about 18 years, and who was escorted by fire engines to his Merced home last month after being diagnosed with terminal cancer, has died. Clayton Ogden, 47, died on Aug. 1 after being diagnosed with stomach cancer, according to the Santa Cruz Fire Department.
- PUB DATE: 8/10/2017 8:11:18 PM - SOURCE: Merced Sun-Star
Posted on Fri, 11 Aug 2017 03:11:18 GMT

Aptos/La Selva Fire Chief Jon Jones ousted by board
The Aptos/La Selva Fire Protection District Board of Directors at its meeting Thursday denied Chief Jon Jones’ request to extend his contract by two years and appointed Division Chief Todd Skrabak as interim chief until the next board meeting. Jones’ three years of leadership ends after heavy criticism by his station’s firefighters’ and chief officers’ unions.
- PUB DATE: 8/11/2017 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Santa Cruz Sentinel
Posted on Fri, 11 Aug 2017 07:00:00 GMT

‘I admired everything about him,’ sister says of fallen Mentone firefighter
U.S. Forest Service firefighter Brent Michael Witham, his sister said, was once a “skinny kid with messed-up teeth” who made her his sidekick and talked her into joining him in dressing up as an Army soldier. “He transformed into this hard-working, take-charge, get-it-done type of guy” who was a strong and confident man, Jannelle Giordano said.
- PUB DATE: 8/10/2017 2:23:45 PM - SOURCE: Press Enterprise
Posted on Thu, 10 Aug 2017 21:23:45 GMT

Santa Clara County: Generator at Pot Grow Linked to Northern California Wildfire
A generator on a marijuana farm is to blame for a fire last year that destroyed a dozen homes south of San Francisco, investigators said Thursday. It's the latest in a string of fires at marijuana growing sites in the past several years that have caused wildland firefighters to take increased precautions.
- PUB DATE: 8/10/2017 9:14:19 PM - SOURCE: KNBC-TV NBC 4 Los Angeles
Posted on Fri, 11 Aug 2017 04:14:19 GMT

Santa Cruz firefighter-paramedic dies after battling cancer
Santa Cruz City Local 1716 is saddened to announce the passing of one of its own in the line of duty. Santa Cruz Firefighter/Paramedic Clayton Ogdenwas diagnosed with job-related cancer on Tuesday, July 11, 2017. He succumbed to his disease on August 1. He was 47 years old. Brother Ogden was hired as a firefighter with the City of Santa Cruz in 1999.
- PUB DATE: 8/10/2017 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Firerescue1
Posted on Thu, 10 Aug 2017 07:00:00 GMT

One Dead, Officer Released From Hospital After Gas Explosion at Indio Apartment
Two people sustained burn injuries in a gas explosion that sparked an apartment fire in Indio. The fire broke out around 3:30 PM at 44170 King Street near Indio Boulevard, April Newman of the Riverside County Fire Department said. Firefighters initially responded to a report of a gas odor coming from an apartment, but then the explosion occurred that injured two people.
- PUB DATE: 8/9/2017 3:43:51 AM - SOURCE: KMIR-TV NBC 6 Palm Springs
Posted on Wed, 09 Aug 2017 10:43:51 GMT

Man found dead in Hesperia house fire amid hoarding conditions
A man was found dead inside a home in Hesperia, which went up in flames early Wednesday morning. A passerby called 911 around 4:45 a.m. after seeing flames coming from the back of the home located in the 15600 block of Mission Street. The first arriving engine company saw heavy smoke and flames shooting through the tile roof from the rear of the single-story, single-family dwelling, officials said.
- PUB DATE: 8/10/2017 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KABC
Posted on Thu, 10 Aug 2017 07:00:00 GMT

Trespasser falls off Santa Rosa PG&E tower, causes fire and outage
A trespasser was shocked by electrical lines when he climbed a 100-foot transmission tower in Santa Rosa on Tuesday afternoon, starting a fire on the ground when he fell and causing more than 2,000 homes and businesses to lose power, officials said. Bystanders reported the man plummeted from the Pacific Gas and Electric Co.
- PUB DATE: 8/9/2017 12:38:33 PM - SOURCE: SF Gate: San Francisco Chronicle
Posted on Wed, 09 Aug 2017 19:38:33 GMT

Report: Orange County cities dominate when it comes to paying retirees more than $100K a year
Three cities in Orange County are ranked among the top 25 in California when it comes to public-employee retirees who make $100,000 or more. A report released Wednesday by Transparent California, a watchdog group that tracks pension expenses, listed Santa Ana, Anaheim and Newport Beach as the 5th, 6th and 23rd top cities in the state’s $100K club.
- PUB DATE: 8/10/2017 6:30:35 AM - SOURCE: Orange County Register
Posted on Thu, 10 Aug 2017 13:30:35 GMT

Three brush fires in Lompoc riverbed keep crews busy
Santa Barbara County and Lompoc City firefighters responded to three different brush fires at the riverbed off McLaughlin Road in the City of Lompoc Wednesday morning. This now marks four fires in the city's riverbed in the past 72 hours. Lompoc Dispatch received a report of smoke showing in the area of the riverbed at 7:55 a.
- PUB DATE: 8/9/2017 1:23:38 PM - SOURCE: KEYT-TV ABC 3 Santa Barbara
Posted on Wed, 09 Aug 2017 20:23:38 GMT

Road-rage suspect charged with arson in Grizzly Peak fire in Berkeley-Oakland hills
A man arrested in connection with a road-rage incident last week is suspected of using a cigarette lighter to spark a 20-acre blaze later the same day in the East Bay hills, the Alameda County District Attorney’s Office said Tuesday. Alfredo Bautista, 24, of Concord, was arrested after an incident Aug.
- PUB DATE: 8/9/2017 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: East Bay Times
Posted on Wed, 09 Aug 2017 07:00:00 GMT

Moraga-Orinda Fire District board appoints interim chief
The Moraga-Orinda Fire District board of directors named Battalion Chief Jerry Lee as the interim fire chief effective Sept. 20, the day of Fire Chief Stephen Healy's departure. The board also agreed to retain an executive search firm to assist in the recruitment of the new chief. Consistent with the district's hard-driving push to improve its financial picture, MOFD appointed an interim chief who has procured $2.
- PUB DATE: 8/9/2017 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Lamorinda Weekly
Posted on Wed, 09 Aug 2017 07:00:00 GMT

CAL FIRE crews on standby for more lightning-caused fires
CAL FIRE is still working on putting out four lightning-caused fires from the weekend. Battalion Chief JT Zulliger said with the forecast of more lightning, they've called resources all the way from Napa County. An additional ten engines and six fire crews are on standby. Zulliger said it's helpful for firefighters when there's moisture with the lightning, but that's not always the case.
- PUB DATE: 8/8/2017 9:25:54 PM - SOURCE: KRCR-TV ABC 7 & KCVU-TV Fox 20
Posted on Wed, 09 Aug 2017 04:25:54 GMT

Firefighters continue to fight lightning-caused wildfires in Modoc County
Several fires continue to burn in Modoc County including the Parker 2 Fire, the Cove Fire, and the Steele Fire. The Parker 2 Fire has burned 8.087 acres and is 25 percent contained. Voluntary evacuations were lifted this afternoon for South Granger to North Deep Creek, west of County Road 1. Rain and road conditions prevented firefighters from working on line construction overnight.
- PUB DATE: 8/8/2017 4:52:13 PM - SOURCE: KRCR-TV ABC 7 & KCVU-TV Fox 20
Posted on Tue, 08 Aug 2017 23:52:13 GMT

Firefighters battle ammunition filled mobile home fire in Chico
Firefighters have contained a mobile home fire burning in the Casa De Flores Mobile Home Community in the 700 block of E. Lassen Avenue in Chico. According to Chico Fire Division Chief Jesse Alexander, a double wide mobile home was well involved when firefighters arrived on scene. Alexander said when he arrive on scene the homeowners advised him that everybody got out of the home safely but that the home had a large amount of ammunition inside.
- PUB DATE: 8/8/2017 4:52:09 PM - SOURCE: KRCR-TV ABC 7 & KCVU-TV Fox 20
Posted on Tue, 08 Aug 2017 23:52:09 GMT

Former fire explorer charged with arson in 8 fires set in San Bernardino County
A 23-year-old man, who was once part of a fire department explorer program, has been charged with multiple counts of arson in connection with eight different fires in San Bernardino County. The San Bernardino County District Attorney's Office filed the charges against Jarrod Anthony Samra, of Highland, on Monday.
- PUB DATE: 8/7/2017 7:32:43 PM - SOURCE: abclocal.go
Posted on Tue, 08 Aug 2017 02:32:43 GMT

Firefighter Killed In Montana Is Returned To California
The body of a firefighter who was killed in Montana last week was flown home to California on Monday. A U.S. Forest Service aircraft flew the body of Brent Witham, 29, from Missoula to a Southern California air tanker base in San Bernardino, where a large contingent of fellow firefighters saluted. A procession of vehicles accompanied the hearse as it headed to a mortuary.
- PUB DATE: 8/7/2017 5:23:36 PM - SOURCE: KCAL-TV Los Angeles
Posted on Tue, 08 Aug 2017 00:23:36 GMT

'We threw everything at it.' Calgary Fire burned nine Wofford Heights homes, but could have been much worse
Jack Smith woke up to the blast of a propane tank. By the time he stepped out the front door of his Wofford Heights home, he could see the two houses next door burning, black smoke pluming into the air and ashes raining overhead. Then, within seconds, he felt the rumble of an air tanker buzz his home, dusting pink flame retardant over his neighborhood.
- PUB DATE: 8/7/2017 7:27:46 PM - SOURCE:
Posted on Tue, 08 Aug 2017 02:27:46 GMT

Santa Clarita firefighters gear up for World Police and Fire Games
Several Santa Clarita locals are trading in their firefighting helmets for bicycle helmets this week. As the World Police and Fire Games have made their way to Los Angeles County, multiple Santa Clarita firefighters are able to take part in the competition. Ryan Chapin, a paramedic with Los Angeles County Fire Department at Fire Station 126 in Valencia, will be competing in The Games and working on the Emergency Medical Services team.
- PUB DATE: 8/7/2017 5:03:26 PM - SOURCE: Santa Clarita Valley Signal
Posted on Tue, 08 Aug 2017 00:03:26 GMT

Big, orange and outfitted with a ‘snorkel,’ Helitanker 743 is ready for action
Sonoma County’s airport has never had a visitor quite like “Jerry.” One might think of the Sikorsky S-64 Skycrane as a helicopter on steroids, with a massive 72-foot rotor span and payload capacity of 20,000 pounds dwarfing most other choppers. Configured as a helitanker, the Skycrane employs a long tube, or snorkel, to suck up to 1,600 gallons of water in less than 45 seconds.
- PUB DATE: 8/8/2017 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Petaluma 360
Posted on Tue, 08 Aug 2017 07:00:00 GMT

Kids help firefighters douse blaze after driver dumps load of flaming trash in Citrus Heights
A sanitation worker finishing his route Friday in Citrus Heights suddenly realized he had a problem. His full load of trash had caught fire. The quick-thinking driver pulled into a residential court and dumped the flaming trash, reported the Sacramento Metropolitan Fire District on Facebook. Firefighters responded to douse the blaze, then enlisted some children observing the excitement to lend a hand with finishing up.
- PUB DATE: 8/8/2017 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE:
Posted on Tue, 08 Aug 2017 07:00:00 GMT

12 injured, including 1 firefighter, after hazardous chemical spill in Port of Long Beach
Twelve people, including one firefighter, were injured Sunday morning after a flammable liquid leaked from a shipping container in the Port of Long Beach, officials said. The spill of the unidentified chemical from the 6,000-gallon container was reported shortly before 9:30 a.m., a spokesperson for the Long Beach Fire Department said.
- PUB DATE: 8/6/2017 6:42:31 PM - SOURCE: abclocal.go
Posted on Mon, 07 Aug 2017 01:42:31 GMT

Wofford Heights fire nears full containment, 9 homes destroyed
The Calgary Fire burning east of Wofford Heights is holding steady at just over 50 acres Monday morning, with Cal Fire saying the containment is up to 90 percent. The fire that erupted Saturday destroyed nine homes and threatened more than 300, according to fire officials. The cause of the fire is under investigation.
- PUB DATE: 8/6/2017 10:44:18 AM - SOURCE: Bakersfield Now
Posted on Sun, 06 Aug 2017 17:44:18 GMT

Ross Valley fire paramedic found dead in his home
Marin firefighters, family and friends are mourning the death of Chris Mahoney, a Ross Valley Fire Department fire engineer and paramedic, whose body was found this week in his San Francisco home. He was 39. The cause of death will not be known for several weeks pending an autopsy, according to the San Francisco chief medical examiner’s office.
- PUB DATE: 8/7/2017 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Marin Independent Journal
Posted on Mon, 07 Aug 2017 07:00:00 GMT

Firefighter Hailed a Hero for Comforting Girl in SR-125 Big Rig Crash in La Mesa
When a big rig crossed into oncoming traffic along a San Diego highway Wednesday, two girls were inside one of the cars involved in the crash. Heartland Fire & Rescue Department firefighter paramedic Ryan Lopez scooped up one of them - an uninjured 4-year-old - and held her in his arms as he carried her away from the wreckage where her mother and sister were being treated for injuries.
- PUB DATE: 8/7/2017 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: NBC San Diego
Posted on Mon, 07 Aug 2017 07:00:00 GMT

Hundreds of firefighters treated for poison oak while fighting fires in Santa Barbara County
Hundreds of firefighters got poison oak poisoning while fighting the recent Whittier Fire and Alamo Fire in Santa Barbara County. Firefighters face several dangers when out on wildfires - whether it's smoke inhalation or the fire itself. There's one danger though that we might not think about and it took its toll and a lot of firefighters recently.
- PUB DATE: 8/7/2017 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KEYT
Posted on Mon, 07 Aug 2017 07:00:00 GMT

Update: Gunfire Sparked Huge Wildfire Near Yosemite
Gunfire sparked a massive California wildfire that raged near Yosemite National Park last month and destroyed more than 60 homes, fire officials said Saturday. The so-called Detwiler Fire broke out just before 4 p.m. local time (7 p.m. ET) on July 16, and burned more than 81,000 acres, according to the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection.
- PUB DATE: 8/5/2017 10:23:05 PM - SOURCE: NBC News
Posted on Sun, 06 Aug 2017 05:23:05 GMT

City of San Diego's 911 Crisis Continues
Once again, wait times for emergency 911 calls are a problem for the City of San Diego, with the issue now shifting to the San Diego Fire-Rescue Department's (SDFD) call center. It's been a little more than a year since Mayor Kevin Faulconer promised to fix a broken dispatch center in the San Diego Police Department.
- PUB DATE: 8/4/2017 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: NBC San Diego
Posted on Fri, 04 Aug 2017 07:00:00 GMT

Dixon fire chief takes Oath of Office
Firefighters, police officials and community members from throughout Solano descended on the Dixon City Council Chamber Thursday for the swearing-in of the city’s newest fire chief, Jay Bushrow. He has been chief for just a handful of weeks. As friends and family looked on, Bushrow was touted first by City Manager Jim Lindley and then Mayor Thom Bogue.
- PUB DATE: 8/3/2017 10:15:43 PM - SOURCE: Vacaville Reporter
Posted on Fri, 04 Aug 2017 05:15:43 GMT

Orange County Sheriff's Dept. and Fire Authority fighting again over helicopters
The turf war is back on between the Orange County Sheriff’s Department and the Orange County Fire Authority over whose helicopters should respond to rescue calls. A proposed agreement in which both agencies would share rescue calls was pulled from next week’s Board of Supervisors agenda because of opposition from fire officials and city council members in Santa Ana, Tustin and Yorba Linda.
- PUB DATE: 8/3/2017 5:50:22 PM - SOURCE: Orange County Register
Posted on Fri, 04 Aug 2017 00:50:22 GMT

29-Year-Old Hotshot Firefighter From SoCal Killed Battling Montana Wildfire
A 29-year-old Southern California firefighter was killed battling a wildfire in Montana, authorities said Thursday. Brent M. Witham of Mentone was identified as the firefighter who died on the 6,500-acre Lolo Peak Fire in the mountains southwest of Missoula. His identity was confirmed Thursday afternoon by the Missoula County Sheriff’s Office, which said the death was the result of a “‘tree felling’ accident.
- PUB DATE: 8/3/2017 3:55:52 PM - SOURCE: KTLA-TV WB 5 Los Angeles
Posted on Thu, 03 Aug 2017 22:55:52 GMT

Fire ignites in Angeles National Forest near San Gabriel Canyon
Firefighters are working to contain 25-acre brush fire burning near the San Gabriel Canyon Off-Highway Vehicle Area in the forest north of the San Gabriel Valley, authorities said. The fire was first reported at 4:21 p.m. along San Gabriel Canyon Road, near the north end of the San Gabriel Reservoir, Angeles National Forest spokesman Andrew Mitchell said.
- PUB DATE: 8/3/2017 7:06:26 PM - SOURCE: San Gabriel Valley Tribune
Posted on Fri, 04 Aug 2017 02:06:26 GMT

Firefighters hose down elephants to beat the heat at Oakland Zoo
Oakland firefighter Mark Perez has trained his hose on plenty of fires, but spraying water on elephants? Firefighters from Station 28 in the East Oakland hills volunteered their time to hose down the Oakland Zoo’s elephants Thursday and help them beat the heat. Temperatures were in the 70s and not quite as hot as they’ve been, with cloud cover and unusual humidity.
- PUB DATE: 8/3/2017 5:35:41 PM - SOURCE: East Bay Times
Posted on Fri, 04 Aug 2017 00:35:41 GMT

3 rescued after getting stuck on Ventura County fair bungee ride
Crews rescued three people — one of them found hanging upside-down — who were stuck on a bungee jump ride at the Ventura County Fair on Wednesday night, authorities said. The incident was reported at 7:55 p.m. PT at the Ventura County Fairgrounds on Harbor Boulevard. The upside-down person was about 30 feet in the air and had reportedly been in that position for at least 20 minutes before rescuers arrived.
- PUB DATE: 8/3/2017 10:37:31 AM - SOURCE: Palm Springs Desert Sun
Posted on Thu, 03 Aug 2017 17:37:31 GMT

Fire burns through Arcadia apartment building roof
A fire burned through the roof of an apartment building in Arcadia today and was being confronted by firefighters from several departments. Los Angeles County firefighters were sent to the 800 block of Fairview Avenue shortly after 6 a.m., according to the Los Angeles County Fire Department. They were later joined by firefighters from Pasadena, Arcadia, Monrovia and San Gabriel.
- PUB DATE: 8/3/2017 8:15:05 AM - SOURCE: San Gabriel Valley Tribune
Posted on Thu, 03 Aug 2017 15:15:05 GMT

Oakland Grizzly Peak Fire 50 Percent Contained
Authorities say a fire in hilly, wooded area a few miles from the University of California, Berkeley has been partially contained. Oakland Fire told KPIX 5 that the fire along Grizzly Peak Boulevard has burned 20 acres and is 50 percent contained. An earlier report from a dispatcher saying the fire was extinguished was not correct.
- PUB DATE: 8/3/2017 7:14:35 AM - SOURCE: KPIX-TV CBS 5 San Francisco
Posted on Thu, 03 Aug 2017 14:14:35 GMT

UC San Francisco reaserchers: Pregnant women's exposure to flame retardants linked to lower child IQ
Increased exposure among pregnant women to flame-retardant chemicals found in older furniture and other products is linked to lowered IQs in their children, UCSF researchers said Thursday. Every 10-fold increase in women’s exposure during pregnancy to the chemicals — polybrominated diphenyl ethers, or PBDEs — was associated with a 3.
- PUB DATE: 8/3/2017 9:14:43 AM - SOURCE: SF Gate: San Francisco Chronicle - Metered Site
Posted on Thu, 03 Aug 2017 16:14:43 GMT

Modoc July Complex fires 40% contained
As of August 3, the Modoc July Complex fires have burned 80,365 acres and are 40 percent contained. Officials said two firefighters have been injured while fighting the fires but are both expected to recover fully. Firefighters worked through the night on the Steele and Cove fires, actively burning in the Modoc July Complex.
- PUB DATE: 8/3/2017 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KRCR TV
Posted on Thu, 03 Aug 2017 07:00:00 GMT

New head of Sonoma County’s fire services department takes reins
A Monterey consultant will run Sonoma County’s Department of Fire and Emergency Services for the next six months while county and fire officials work on multiple fronts to reshape countywide fire service operations. Jim Colangelo started Tuesday as interim director, replacing outgoing Sonoma County Fire Chief Al Terrell, who was under increasing scrutiny regarding his running of the department and leadership of the county’s complex, outdated and underfunded fire services network.
- PUB DATE: 8/1/2017 5:38:38 PM - SOURCE: Santa Rosa Press Democrat
Posted on Wed, 02 Aug 2017 00:38:38 GMT

Fire Sparks at Wong's Golden Palace Restaurant in La Mesa
A fire sparked at a small Chinese restaurant in La Mesa Tuesday prompting firefighters to scale the building to attack the flames coming from the roof. Crews with Heartland Fire & Rescue Department and San Diego Fire-Rescue Department rushed to Wong's Golden Palace located at 7126 University Ave. just before 11:20 a.
- PUB DATE: 8/2/2017 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: NBC San Diego
Posted on Wed, 02 Aug 2017 07:00:00 GMT

Rose fire near Lake Elsinore — possibly sparked by mower — now 75 percent contained
The Rose fire near Lake Elsinore on Wednesday morning was 75 percent contained and firefighters had managed to keep the fire from spreading past 200 acres, fire officials said. The fire, which may have been sparked by a mower, was reported a little before 2:30 p.m. Monday in the 14800 block of Amorose Street.
- PUB DATE: 8/1/2017 12:59:08 PM - SOURCE: Lake Elsinore-Wildomar
Posted on Tue, 01 Aug 2017 19:59:08 GMT

Napa County Firefighter Injured In Monday's Peak Fire
A firefighter was injured in Monday afternoon's grass fire in unincorporated Napa County, according to Cal Fire/Napa County Fire Department officials. The blaze, dubbed the Peak Fire, was reported at about 3 p.m. in the 2700 block of Atlas Peak Road. Napa County sheriff's officials initially said the fire was in the 2900 block of Atlas Peak Road.
- PUB DATE: 8/1/2017 12:51:06 PM - SOURCE: Suisun City
Posted on Tue, 01 Aug 2017 19:51:06 GMT

4 displaced after fire scorches homeless encampment in Oakland
Firefighters say four people are without a home on Tuesday evening after a fire scorched a homeless encampment in Oakland. Three tents, as well as an SUV, were damaged by the flames. It happened near Interstate 980 at around 10:30 a.m. A KRON4 viewer sent a picture of the smoke. Crews determined the fire started in one of the tents before spreading to two others, and then to the vehicle.
- PUB DATE: 8/1/2017 8:09:56 PM - SOURCE: KRON TV NBC 4 San Francisco
Posted on Wed, 02 Aug 2017 03:09:56 GMT

Blaze Races Through Duplex Row In North Hollywood
Dozens of firefighters battled a stubborn early Wednesday morning blaze that broke out in a row of duplexes in North Hollywood. The fire broke out before 5:35 a.m. in the 11000 block of West Magnolia Boulevard. Los Angeles Fire Department crews arrived to find a building engulfed in flames. It took 75 firefighters approximately 51 minutes to bring the fire under control.
- PUB DATE: 8/2/2017 7:59:34 AM - SOURCE: KCAL-TV Los Angeles
Posted on Wed, 02 Aug 2017 14:59:34 GMT

Illegal marijuana grow halts firefighting efforts in Modoc County
On July 25, the Modoc County Sheriff's Office was called to the Cove Fire after firefighters came across an illegal marijuana growing operation. According to Undersheriff William Dowdy, he and the Sheriff responded to the area and met with fire officials to determine if the marijuana grow was on public land.
- PUB DATE: 7/31/2017 3:23:26 PM - SOURCE: KRCR-TV ABC 7 & KCVU-TV Fox 20
Posted on Mon, 31 Jul 2017 22:23:26 GMT

Firefighters' swift response saves Antioch apartment complex from heavy fire
A rapid response from Contra Costa firefighters brought an expanding structure fire that threatened an apartment complex down to a blaze that gutted a single, soon to be vacated, apartment. At 4 p.m. on Monday, firefighters were called to the 2400 block of Starlight Lane on what was initially determined to be a second alarm structure fire in an apartment complex.
- PUB DATE: 8/1/2017 5:33:24 AM - SOURCE: East Bay Times
Posted on Tue, 01 Aug 2017 12:33:24 GMT

Report: 80 percent of Tuolumne County homes at high or extreme wildfire risk
Fire officials are disputing a new report that claims 80 percent of homes in Tuolumne County are at high or extreme risk of wildfire. Verisk Insurance Solutions, which bills itself as a leading source of information about property and casualty insurance risk, recently published its annual FireLine State Risk Report for 2017 that listed Tuolumne County as having the fourth highest percentage of homes in high or extreme wildfire danger out of all 58 counties in California.
- PUB DATE: 7/31/2017 10:18:09 PM - SOURCE: Sonora Union Democrat
Posted on Tue, 01 Aug 2017 05:18:09 GMT

Evacuation Orders Lifted for 200-Acre Rose Fire Near Lake Elsinore
A 200-acre wildfire near Lake Elsinore triggered evacuations on four streets in the nearby area but those evacuations have now been lifted, according to alerts from CAL FIRE and Riverside County Fire Department. The Rose Fire was 10 percent contained by about 9:15 p.m. and an evacuation order issued for Amorose Street, Rockridge Road, Toft Street and Ainsworth Place has been lifted, according to incident and safety messages from the fire department and CAL FIRE.
- PUB DATE: 7/31/2017 8:32:02 PM - SOURCE: KTLA-TV WB 5 Los Angeles
Posted on Tue, 01 Aug 2017 03:32:02 GMT

Crews mop up after Geyserville grass fires
Firefighters returned Tuesday morning to a stretch of Highway 101 in Geyserville to finish off a series of fires that cropped up a day earlier. Cal Fire Battalion Chief Paul Fleckenstein Tuesday said crews would keep watch on the three burned areas, which totaled about a dozen acres, and make sure they are totally out.
- PUB DATE: 8/1/2017 10:32:48 AM - SOURCE: Santa Rosa Press Democrat
Posted on Tue, 01 Aug 2017 17:32:48 GMT

Update: Santa Clara County fire Investigators say Saratoga fire started on equestrian trail
A Santa Clara County fire investigator says we may never know what caused the Eden Fire in the Saratoga foothills last month. Investigators tell KTVU they now believe the fire started on an equestrian trail, about 2 and a half miles away from the Mountain Winery. They can’t rule out electrical, spontaneous ignition or fireworks, although they don’t think fireworks were likely.
- PUB DATE: 8/1/2017 10:39:42 AM - SOURCE: KTVU-TV Oakland, San Francisco, Bay Area
Posted on Tue, 01 Aug 2017 17:39:42 GMT

Knife-wielding man threatens firefighters, Redding police
Redding police officers arrested a transient on the Sacramento River trail after he allegedly started a fire and then brandished a knife and a large wooden staff at first responders. The incident started shortly before 6:30 a.m. Saturday when SHASCOM received a 9-1-1 call reporting smoke coming from underneath the Owen "Ted" Lyons' Memorial Bridge on Market Street.
- PUB DATE: 7/29/2017 5:29:31 PM - SOURCE: KRCR-TV ABC 7 & KCVU-TV Fox 20
Posted on Sun, 30 Jul 2017 00:29:31 GMT

Wildfires continue in Tuolumne County, evacuation advisories remain
Authorities on Monday asked residents to just remain alert for any possible evacuations as two wildfires in Tuolumne County continued to burn nearly 900 acres near Twist and Jacksonville roads. The evacuation advisory remained in effect Monday morning for residents near Twist and Lime Kiln roads, according to the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection.
- PUB DATE: 7/31/2017 10:08:20 AM - SOURCE: Modesto Bee
Posted on Mon, 31 Jul 2017 17:08:20 GMT

Van Strikes Diners On Mid-City Los Angeles Sidewalk, 9 Injured
A van plowed into a group of people dining on a Mid-City Los Angeles sidewalk Sunday afternoon, striking and injuring at least nine people, one of them critically. All are expected to recover, authorities said. The driver has been arrested on suspicion of felony hit-and-run. Police Sgt. C. Barlow said the driver, whose name has not been released, blew a red light at around 3:45 p.
- PUB DATE: 7/30/2017 4:40:26 PM - SOURCE: KCAL-TV Los Angeles
Posted on Sun, 30 Jul 2017 23:40:26 GMT

Two aspiring cops: One suspected of arson, the other helped catch him
Both men were aspiring law enforcement officers, studying criminal justice at Palomar College. Then their career paths diverged. One was arrested earlier this month on suspicion of setting an Encinitas church and school on fire, and the other lauded for working undercover to help catch him. Tyler Carender, 20, is charged with causing more than a half-million dollars in damage to St.
- PUB DATE: 7/31/2017 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Firerescue1
Posted on Mon, 31 Jul 2017 07:00:00 GMT

Brush fires in Lancaster, Palmdale started possibly by car engine failure
Seven suspicious brush fires broke out overnight in the Lancaster and Palmdale areas, Los Angeles County fire officials say, and authorities believe they were started by a car's engine failure. The brush fires burned along hillsides near the 14 Freeway between Pearblossom Highway in Palmdale and Avenue H in Lancaster.
- PUB DATE: 7/29/2017 6:39:38 PM - SOURCE: abclocal.go
Posted on Sun, 30 Jul 2017 01:39:38 GMT

Man Suffocates While Trapped Inside South Los Angeles Donation Box
A homeless man reached too far into a donation box, got stuck and died on Friday in South Los Angeles. The man, who was in his 30s, and who neighbors said often collected bottles and cans, got trapped at a donation box on Vermont and West Colden avenues. He tried to reach inside the narrow opening at the box that was set on the sidewalk illegally.
- PUB DATE: 7/29/2017 6:50:55 AM - SOURCE: KNTV-TV NBC 11 Bay Area
Posted on Sat, 29 Jul 2017 13:50:55 GMT

Menlo Park Fire Protection District struggles with overtime
The Menlo Park Fire Protection District has an overtime problem. The district has two firefighters who last year received more in overtime pay than regular pay. And in the same year, three firefighters made more than the fire chief, two battalion chiefs, a deputy fire chief and division chief of operations, who do not get overtime, according to district records.
- PUB DATE: 7/28/2017 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Mercury News
Posted on Fri, 28 Jul 2017 07:00:00 GMT

Update: Equipment stolen from firefighters fighting Detwiler Fire recovered
Thousands of dollar's worth of stolen firefighting equipment was recovered after it was stolen fire crews working on the Detwiler Fire. The California Highway Patrol in Stockton arrested 30-year-old Tyler Boyle after they stopped his stolen car, and found some of the equipment inside. "We're outraged that someone would come here and do this.
- PUB DATE: 7/28/2017 1:45:26 AM - SOURCE: KFSN-TV ABC 30 Frenso/Visalia
Posted on Fri, 28 Jul 2017 08:45:26 GMT

City in Pink: Accidental Retardant Drop Leaves Colorful Mess in Sonoma County
The pilot of a Cal Fire air tanker mistakenly dropped fire retardant on a neighborhood in Windsor, where there was no fire, and left a big, pink mess. The air tanker was carrying 1,000 gallons of the retardant Thursday as it flew over the neighborhood. About 100 gallons dropped on the Decantor Circle yards, sidewalks and parked vehicles below.
- PUB DATE: 7/28/2017 9:13:54 AM - SOURCE: KNSD-TV NBC San Diego
Posted on Fri, 28 Jul 2017 16:13:54 GMT

Oakland: Ghost Ship Warehouse Fire Suspect To Ask For Bail
One of two men charged with involuntary manslaughter for an Oakland warehouse fire that killed 36 people will seek his release Friday from jail on bail. Max Harris, 27, will ask a judge for a significant reduction of his $1.08 million bail, which he has been held on since his June arrest on 36 charges of involuntary manslaughter.
- PUB DATE: 7/28/2017 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: San Francisco CBS Local
Posted on Fri, 28 Jul 2017 07:00:00 GMT

5 recent Highland fires fueled by abundance of dry brush, Cal Fire says
Despite the cluster of fires in Highland in recent weeks, fire officials say it’s too early to tell if arson was a factor in any of them. “Proving arson is really challenging,” said Capt. Liz Brown with Cal Fire of the five recent fires that have scorched the hillsides above Highland since June 27th’s Mart fire.
- PUB DATE: 7/28/2017 6:38:25 AM - SOURCE: Riverside Press-Enterprise
Posted on Fri, 28 Jul 2017 13:38:25 GMT

Someone is stealing from firefighters staying in Merced to battle the Detwiler Fire
As firefighters rested in their Merced hotel rooms after 24-hour shifts fighting the fast-moving Detwiler Fire, someone was stealing their equipment, Merced police confirmed. Police took five reports on Monday of equipment stolen from fire trucks used in the fight against the blaze that broke out in Mariposa County, Capt.
- PUB DATE: 7/26/2017 5:33:31 PM - SOURCE: Modesto Bee
Posted on Thu, 27 Jul 2017 00:33:31 GMT

CAL FIRE reacts positively to change in funding source
CAL FIRE's fire prevention program will now be funded by a new source after Governor Jerry Brown signed AB398 on Tuesday, July 25. AB398 extends and improves the state's Cap and Trade program to ensure California continues to meets its ambitious climate change goals by reducing statewide greenhouse gas emissions.
- PUB DATE: 7/27/2017 7:49:07 AM - SOURCE: KRCR-TV ABC 7 & KCVU-TV Fox 20
Posted on Thu, 27 Jul 2017 14:49:07 GMT

Faster response focus of first-responder training in Ventura County
When a Simi Valley man shot his parents in June 2013 before turning the gun on himself and committing suicide, paramedics were able to quickly enter the home and stabilize his mother, who'd been shot in the stomach, before she was taken to a trauma center at Los Robles Hospital & Medical Center. "A trauma surgeon later told paramedics that if we hadn't gotten to her quickly, she would have died," said Scott Quirarte, a captain with the Ventura County Fire Department.
- PUB DATE: 7/27/2017 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Ventura County Star
Posted on Thu, 27 Jul 2017 07:00:00 GMT

Merced County: Driver in deadly live-streamed crash kicked, spit at first responders, reports show
Obdulia Sanchez, the 18-year-old Stockton woman accused of live-streaming a crash that killed her younger sister, spit at law enforcement at the scene of the crash and kicked an emergency responder in the face, according to reports from investigators obtained by the Merced Sun-Star. Sanchez’s 14-year-old sister, Jacqueline, was thrown from her older sister’s 2003 white Buick Century and killed Friday in a rollover crash on Henry Miller Road on the outskirts of Los Banos.
- PUB DATE: 7/26/2017 6:31:00 PM - SOURCE: modestoBee
Posted on Thu, 27 Jul 2017 01:31:00 GMT

L.A. firefighter allegedly choked and seriously injured a man giving out Halloween candy. His sentence? No jail
For nearly six minutes, Samuel Chang slurped in desperate, ragged breaths as four men held him down on a Chatsworth street on Halloween night. “Stop fighting us and I will loosen up,” says a man in a He-Man costume, who can be seen restraining Chang in a chokehold, in a video that captured the encounter two years ago.
- PUB DATE: 7/26/2017 11:49:47 PM - SOURCE: Los Angeles Times
Posted on Thu, 27 Jul 2017 06:49:47 GMT

Blaze at Victorville homeless encampment quickly doused, 1 person detained
Firefighters made quick work of a blaze that erupted near two local apartment complexes Wednesday, dousing the flames within minutes, while San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department officials arrested a woman accused of starting the fire. Danielle Alexandria Giangrossi, 32, a Victorville transient, was arrested on suspicion of arson following the blaze, which occurred near the Rancho Seneca Apartments in the 14700 block of Seneca Road at 11:22 a.
- PUB DATE: 7/26/2017 1:53:09 PM - SOURCE: Victorville Daily Press
Posted on Wed, 26 Jul 2017 20:53:09 GMT

Serial arsonist suspected of starting six Tulare County fires
A Valley man linked to multiple arson-related fires throughout Tulare County has been arrested. A 62-year-old Bakersfield man is believed to have caused six fires near Porterville and Springville. Those fires pulled resources from CAL FIRE and Tulare County Fire Department during peak fire season, which has strained local departments.
- PUB DATE: 7/25/2017 4:50:27 PM - SOURCE: Tulare Advance-Register & Visalia Times-Delta
Posted on Tue, 25 Jul 2017 23:50:27 GMT

Santa Barbara County to explore regional dispatch for fire, EMS
Saying that the existing system compromises public safety, Santa Barbara County Fire Chief Eric Peterson called Tuesday for a new, stand-alone dispatch center that would focus exclusively on the needs of fire and emergency medical services. The Board of Supervisors voted 5-0 to direct staff to explore the viability of creating such a dispatch center, which is estimated to cost $2.
- PUB DATE: 7/26/2017 4:29:49 AM - SOURCE: Santa Ynez Valley News
Posted on Wed, 26 Jul 2017 11:29:49 GMT

Three-alarm blaze destroys old house downtown Vallejo
A three-alarm fire — preliminarily is being blamed on squatters — destroyed a 100-year-old, three-story abandoned home in downtown Vallejo Tuesday morning. With barricades up along Sonoma Boulevard near Virginia Street for Caltrans road work, and at Georgia Street for filming of the Netflix show “13 Reasons Why” also going on Tuesday morning, the emergency vehicles, barricades and flashing lights that closed off York and Sutter streets added to the appearance of a war or disaster zone for a few hours downtown.
- PUB DATE: 7/25/2017 12:28:40 PM - SOURCE: Vallejo Times-Herald
Posted on Tue, 25 Jul 2017 19:28:40 GMT



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