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New Bakersfield City Fire Chief Named
The City of Bakersfield has named a new chief with the Bakersfield Fire Department. Anthony Galagaza is a 26-year veteran with the Bakersfield Fire Department and most recently served as a battalion chief. He replaces Doug Greener who has served nine years as chief. He will be retiring at the end of this month.
- PUB DATE: 6/22/2018 9:54:02 AM - SOURCE: KERO-TV ABC 23 Bakersfield-Turn to 23
Posted on Fri, 22 Jun 2018 16:54:02 GMT

Orange County Fire Authority Rejects Irvine's Demands
With a ticking clock growing ever louder in the background, the Orange County Fire Authority rejected several demands made by Irvine that would keep the city in the fold as a voting member of the regional emergency coalition. “Basically, Irvine was told to pound sand,” said County Supervisor Todd Spitzer, who sits on the Fire Authority board of directors.
- PUB DATE: 6/22/2018 7:46:42 AM - SOURCE: Firehouse
Posted on Fri, 22 Jun 2018 14:46:42 GMT

Firefighters make dramatic rescue in Santa Cruz Mountains
Santa Clara County firefighters spent more than two hours Wednesday night rescuing a man whose car plunged down an embankment in the Santa Cruz Mountains. The accident happened shortly after 9 p.m. on Aldercroft Heights Road and Locust Drive in unincorporated Los Gatos. “The vehicle was about 50 feet down an embankment at a near vertical slope,” Santa Clara County Fire Department spokeswoman Luisa Rapport.
- PUB DATE: 6/21/2018 6:17:52 PM - SOURCE: San Jose Mercury News
Posted on Fri, 22 Jun 2018 01:17:52 GMT

City of Shasta Lake Fire Department faces tough decisions after election
Just as wildfire season is getting started, the Shasta Lake Fire Protection District is facing a serious blow. Taxpayers failed to pass a property tax proposal, that would have helped fund the department. Now, Fire Chief, Dennis Beck is facing some very tough choices. "We could run the place into the ground again like we did a few years ago trying to keep folks here," Beck said.
- PUB DATE: 6/21/2018 7:40:32 PM - SOURCE: KRCR-TV ABC 7 & KCVU-TV Fox 20
Posted on Fri, 22 Jun 2018 02:40:32 GMT

PG&E warns of at least $2.5 billion in liabilities from North Bay fires
Pacific Gas & Electric Co. warned investors Thursday it anticipates being held liable for at least $2.5 billion in damages for October’s Northern California wildfires — and could be on the hook for billions more. The San Francisco-based utility said $2.5 billion is the low end of its potential liability based on a growing number of lawsuits — now approaching 200 — filed against the company.
- PUB DATE: 6/21/2018 9:01:43 PM - SOURCE: Santa Rosa Press Democrat
Posted on Fri, 22 Jun 2018 04:01:43 GMT

Rancho Mirage attic fire causes $3 million in damage
A fire that broke out in the attic of Rancho Mirage residence caused $3 million in damage, according to Cal Fire. Four firefighters were injured while battling the blaze. The fire was reported at 12:29 p.m. Tuesday on the 10 block of Furman Court, according to April Newman of the Riverside County Fire Department.
- PUB DATE: 6/21/2018 1:58:51 PM - SOURCE: KESQ-TV Channel 3
Posted on Thu, 21 Jun 2018 20:58:51 GMT

Roseville Slashing Fire Department As It Battles $2 Million Deficit
The Roseville City Council made some tough cuts to its fire department on Wednesday night, cutting two shifts from each rotation. In case of a car crash or house fire, four firefighters are currently dispatched per truck. The city wants to scale back to three. “It will reduce the efficiency of those truck companies by 50 percent,” did George Titus with the firefighter’s union.
- PUB DATE: 6/20/2018 11:18:25 PM - SOURCE: KOVR-TV CBS Sacramento
Posted on Thu, 21 Jun 2018 06:18:25 GMT

'Wall of fire' at Clovis Recycling Center contained by crews
A large industrial fire broke out at the Clovis Recycling Center. The plume of smoke could be seen miles away. Crews continue to work for hours to put out every hot spot and fortunately, every employee inside the building got out safe. Powerful flames caught on camera by Omar Ayad who works next door to the Clovis Recycling Center.
- PUB DATE: 6/20/2018 11:50:55 PM - SOURCE: KGPE-TV CBS 47 Fresno
Posted on Thu, 21 Jun 2018 06:50:55 GMT

Black and Latino firefighters lawsuit calling LAFD an all-white boys club is going forward
Several Los Angeles Fire Department employees can proceed with their lawsuit against the city, to prove that their ethnicity caused reported discrimination, harassment and retaliation, a judge ruled Wednesday. Reginald Roberts, an attorney for the city, had argued that the case should be dismissed, because he said the plaintiffs had not provided enough details in their complaint to support their allegations.
- PUB DATE: 6/20/2018 3:03:52 PM - SOURCE: Los Angeles Daily News - Metered Site
Posted on Wed, 20 Jun 2018 22:03:52 GMT

Third arrest made in Dogz Bar and Grill fire in Long Beach
Long Beach Fire officials said Wednesday that a third juvenile had been arrested in connection to a series of fires in Naples and Belmont Shore, and added that all three teenagers were being charged in the fire last week that destroyed the interior of Dogz Bar and Grill in Belmont Shore. Two 14-year-olds were arrested Saturday afternoon for a series of fires, including one at Naples Elementary School.
- PUB DATE: 6/20/2018 8:19:29 PM - SOURCE: Long Beach Press-Telegram
Posted on Thu, 21 Jun 2018 03:19:29 GMT

15 West Los Angeles Residents Decontaminated After Possible Exposure to Asbestos
Fifteen residents of a West Los Angeles apartment were "formally decontaminated" by firefighters after possibly being exposed to asbestos, according to the Los Angeles Fire Department. Officials responded to the apartment complex along the 1800 block of Prosser Avenue about 9:50 p.m. Wednesday. While none of the residents of the apartment along Prosser Avenue showed signs of illness or injury, they were decontaminated.
- PUB DATE: 6/21/2018 9:45:25 AM - SOURCE: KTLA-TV WB 5 Los Angeles
Posted on Thu, 21 Jun 2018 16:45:25 GMT

Escondido Firefighters Rescue Elderly Woman from Burning Mobile Home
Escondido firefighters rescued a woman with a walker who was trying to escape her burning mobile home, department officials said Thursday. The blaze erupted around 8:40 a.m. Wednesday inside the mobile home at 1530 East El Norte Parkway, Escondido Battalion Chief Mike Bertrand said. “The first arriving engine reported a light smoke coming from the mobile home and an elderly female attempting to evacuate with a walker,” Bertrand said.
- PUB DATE: 6/21/2018 8:39:11 AM - SOURCE: Times of San Diego
Posted on Thu, 21 Jun 2018 15:39:11 GMT

Firefighters Put Out Small Brush Fire That Charred Hillside Below Griffith Observatory
A blaze that broke out Tuesday in the hills below Griffith Observatory as dozens were visiting the busy tourist destination has been extinguished, officials said. The flames were first reported at about 7:45 p.m. on a hillside just northwest of the observatory and grew to cover 3 or 4 acres before they were put out two and a half hours later, according to the Los Angeles Fire Department.
- PUB DATE: 6/19/2018 8:42:10 PM - SOURCE: KTLA-TV WB 5 Los Angeles
Posted on Wed, 20 Jun 2018 03:42:10 GMT

Anaheim fire chief to retire at end of year; next city manager will pick replacement
The changing of the guard continues in Anaheim with the upcoming search for a new fire chief to replace Randy Bruegman, who will retire at the end of the year. In March, the City Council named a new city attorney, and officials announced their pick for police chief last week. They’re also on the verge of hiring a new city manager, and that person will choose a fire chief, city spokesman Mike Lyster said.
- PUB DATE: 6/19/2018 5:28:13 PM - SOURCE: Orange County Register - Metered Site
Posted on Wed, 20 Jun 2018 00:28:13 GMT

Kids Learn What it Takes to Become a Firefighter at Roseville Fire Camp
Kids are learning firsthand what it's like to be a Roseville firefighter at the Roseville Fire Kids Camp. "I really thought it was an easy job but it's really not," said Grace Meyer, a fire camp trainee. Local firefighters volunteered a week of their time to put 40 students through some of the same exercises they did during their training.
- PUB DATE: 6/19/2018 6:35:55 PM - SOURCE: KTXL-TV Fox 40 Sacramento
Posted on Wed, 20 Jun 2018 01:35:55 GMT

Lodi firefighters fight fire with fire
Dressed in yellow fire-retardant pants and jackets — lighter and easier to move in than their usual turnout work for urban structure fires — firefighters from two Lodi Fire Department engines and one Liberty Fire District engine conducted their annual wildland fire training behind the Lodi Wine and Business Center on Tuesday afternoon.
- PUB DATE: 6/20/2018 10:30:28 AM - SOURCE: Lodi News-Sentinel
Posted on Wed, 20 Jun 2018 17:30:28 GMT

Update: Chico Fire Department moves ahead with false fire alarm fees
The Chico Fire Department will soon begin charging for repeated false fire alarms after the City Council voted in favor of amending city code to address the issue Tuesday. The department has received more than 1,400 calls in two years that turned out to be false fire alarms, accounting for more than 5 percent of total calls received in 2016 and 2017.
- PUB DATE: 6/19/2018 11:46:52 PM - SOURCE: Chico Enterprise Record
Posted on Wed, 20 Jun 2018 06:46:52 GMT

Occupants of Modesto Home Rescued from Carbon Monoxide Exposure
Five Modesto residents were treated at a hospital Tuesday morning after they were exposed to high levels of carbon monoxide inside the Tokay Avenue home where they were sleeping. "Headache and stomachache were the main symptoms," said Johnny Hutson, one of the five who was hospitalized. "And that's exactly what I had when I woke up.
- PUB DATE: 6/19/2018 11:59:21 PM - SOURCE: KTXL-TV Fox 40 Sacramento
Posted on Wed, 20 Jun 2018 06:59:21 GMT

San Diego paying $440K to helicopter medics to settle overtime lawsuits
San Diego is paying seven helicopter rescue medics a total of $442,000 because they didn’t receive overtime pay despite regularly working 56-hour weeks. Federal law requires overtime pay of one and a half times the regular wage for all hours worked over 40 in one workweek, but there is an exemption for government workers engaged in fire suppression.
- PUB DATE: 6/18/2018 3:45:49 PM - SOURCE: San Diego Union-Tribune - Metered Site
Posted on Mon, 18 Jun 2018 22:45:49 GMT

Evacuations ordered near Coulterville as fires break out throughout the region
Firefighters battled blazes across the region, including one near Coulterville that has prompted mandatory evacuations in the area. The Wheeler fire broke out Monday afternoon near Coulterville, according to the California Department of Fire and Forestry Protection. Though initially measuring only 30 acres, the fire is challenging because of dense fuel and steep terrain, CalFire said in a post on Twitter.
- PUB DATE: 6/18/2018 6:47:21 PM - SOURCE: Fresno Bee
Posted on Tue, 19 Jun 2018 01:47:21 GMT

Salinas firefighters get extension for paramedic agreement
The Salinas firefighters' union announced on Friday that they are close to reaching an agreement with the county regarding the continuation of paramedic services. Salinas Firefighters Local 1270 held a press conference in front of city hall on Friday, addressing the future of the city's paramedic program.
- PUB DATE: 6/18/2018 5:03:24 PM - SOURCE: Californian Online - Salinas
Posted on Tue, 19 Jun 2018 00:03:24 GMT

Police investigating suspicious fires in Santa Rosa
The Santa Rosa Fire Department is investigating several suspicious brush fires. Over the weekend, firefighters went to the area of Hearn Avenue and the railroad tracks for a number of calls for brush fires. Crews found three fires, and a short time later, more calls about fires breaking out in another location.
- PUB DATE: 6/18/2018 5:45:25 PM - SOURCE: KRON TV NBC 4 San Francisco
Posted on Tue, 19 Jun 2018 00:45:25 GMT

Man captured on surveillance video keying San Miguel fire truck
VIDEO: A man was captured on a surveillance camera keying a fire truck while firefighters were having breakfast. 10 News reported that San Miguel Fire and Rescue firefighters returned to their fire truck, which was parked outside of a restaurant, to find scratches along the side of it. A nearby store’s surveillance camera captured a man dragging a sharp object along the side of the fire truck, causing damage that the fire department estimated would cost around $10,000 to repair.
- PUB DATE: 6/19/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Firerescue1
Posted on Tue, 19 Jun 2018 07:00:00 GMT

Chico Fire Chief Wants to Minimize False Alarms
Every time a fire alarm goes off in the city of Chico, as much as half of the fire department's resources are deployed to the scene. And often, it's a false alarm - so, tonight Chico's fire chief will ask City Council for help in cutting back on false alarms. Chief Steve Standridge says it happens on average about 700 times a year; an old, un-maintained alarm systems will go off for seemingly no reason.
- PUB DATE: 6/19/2018 6:57:02 AM - SOURCE: KHSL-TV CBS 12 Action News Now
Posted on Tue, 19 Jun 2018 13:57:02 GMT

West Sacramento Firefighters Upset Over Firehouse Toxic Mold
The city’s newest fire station has toxic mold and the local union is threatening a lawsuit if it’s not cleaned up. “This is one of the rooms where they found some of it,” said Chief John Heilmann while showing two rooms that have been quarantined. The mold is growing around firefighters’ bedrooms. “Didn’t know about the mold issue and how severe it was until they opened up the dorm room upstairs,” he said.
- PUB DATE: 6/15/2018 11:58:44 PM - SOURCE: KOVR-TV CBS Sacramento
Posted on Sat, 16 Jun 2018 06:58:44 GMT

San Rafael's volunteer fire photographer fires off last shots
Hearing a buzz from the pager clipped to his belt, Larry Luckham pulls off his button-down Hawaiian shirt to reveal a San Rafael Fire Department T-shirt he’s wearing underneath. He’s always prepared. Quickly, Luckham slides into his fire gear, slips on his boots and hops into his truck, which is equipped with emergency lights and radios along with cameras and other investigation tools.
- PUB DATE: 6/17/2018 12:29:08 PM - SOURCE: Marin Independent Journal
Posted on Sun, 17 Jun 2018 19:29:08 GMT

3 hikers rescued after stranded overnight on Pacifica cliff
Three hikers stranded on a Pacifica cliff for 13 hours were finally rescued Saturday morning. According to North County Fire Authority, on Friday around 9:34 p.m. fire crews and rescue teams responded to the area near Blackburn Terrace and Kent Road. A 23-year-old man and two 13-year-olds were stranded about 700-feet down Shelter Cove Bluff.
- PUB DATE: 6/16/2018 9:22:29 PM - SOURCE: KRON TV NBC 4 San Francisco
Posted on Sun, 17 Jun 2018 04:22:29 GMT

Inmate firefighter found, arrested in Long Beach days after walking away from fire camp
Police arrested inmate firefighter Marco Calderon, 22, in Long Beach on Friday, June 15 after he disappeared from a fire camp earlier in the week. Calderon walked away from McCain Valley Conservation Camp in east San Diego County on June 13. He had been last seen in his assigned bunk around 11:00 p.
- PUB DATE: 6/16/2018 5:37:19 PM - SOURCE: KGTV-TV ABC 10 San Diego
Posted on Sun, 17 Jun 2018 00:37:19 GMT

Former Santa Rosa fire chief predicted a fire like the Tubbs
My friend the mayor of Santa Rosa was scratching out a living as a freelance Press Democrat columnist in 2012 and was sparked to write about wildfires in Colorado, where he lived before coming to California. Chris Coursey noted that the Waldo Canyon Fire near Colorado Springs, the most destructive in the state’s history, had killed two people, forced the evacuation of 30,000 and destroyed 350 homes.
- PUB DATE: 6/16/2018 11:00:11 PM - SOURCE: Santa Rosa Press Democrat
Posted on Sun, 17 Jun 2018 06:00:11 GMT

Fire Chief recommends the closure of 7 'hazardous fire areas', including Whitewater Canyon
CAL FIRE/Riverside County Fire Chief, Daniel R. Talbot received approval from the Riverside County Board of Supervisors to immediately close seven hazardous fire areas throughout the region on June 18, 2018. On Thursday at least three small fires sparked near Idyllwild. People living nearby say it's a reminder to be prepared for the season.
- PUB DATE: 6/15/2018 11:31:18 PM - SOURCE: KESQ-TV Channel 3
Posted on Sat, 16 Jun 2018 06:31:18 GMT

Redondo Beach firefighters locked in contract talks, emergency response potentially on table
Redondo Beach firefighters are gridlocked in contract negotiations over an issue that could affect emergency services, said union president Greg Allen. At issue is the number of firefighters on duty at any given time. Currently, the union’s contract with the city provides 19 full time staff on duty every day in addition to three fire engines, one truck, two paramedic rescues and a battalion or division chief.
- PUB DATE: 6/14/2018 3:36:46 PM - SOURCE: Torrance Daily Breeze
Posted on Thu, 14 Jun 2018 22:36:46 GMT

Ghost Ship fire trial on schedule for July after defendants refuse plea offer
The trial against two men charged in the deaths of 36 people in Oakland’s 2016 Ghost Ship fire is headed for its scheduled start date next month, after defense attorneys on Thursday rebuffed a plea offer and a judge denied an attempt to delay the trial. The trial against two men charged in the deaths of 36 people in Oakland’s 2016 Ghost Ship fire is headed for its scheduled start date next month, after defense attorneys on Thursday rebuffed a plea offer and a judge denied an attempt to delay the trial.
- PUB DATE: 6/14/2018 6:28:52 PM - SOURCE: SF Gate: San Francisco Chronicle - Metered Site
Posted on Fri, 15 Jun 2018 01:28:52 GMT

Toxic pool chemicals sicken 20 people in San Jose
Toxic pool chemicals that mixed together have sent at least 35 people to the hospital. The incident happened around 12 p.m. at the Shadow Brook Swim Club on Shadow Brook Drive in San Jose. Firefighters say a pool worker mistakenly mixed the toxic chemicals together and it created a dangerous cloud of gas.
- PUB DATE: 6/14/2018 2:35:28 PM - SOURCE: KRON TV NBC 4 San Francisco
Posted on Thu, 14 Jun 2018 21:35:28 GMT

Explosive Hemet carport fire displaces 20, destroys vehicles
Multiple vehicles were damaged or destroyed in an explosive carport fire in Hemet overnight Friday. The fire was reported at an apartment complex shortly after 1 a.m. in the 600 block of Carson Street. Hemet firefighters were initially dispatched for a report of multiple explosions and people trapped.
- PUB DATE: 6/15/2018 8:43:28 AM - SOURCE: abclocal.go
Posted on Fri, 15 Jun 2018 15:43:28 GMT

Butte County Cal Fire headquarters demolished to make room for new project
After nearly 70 years, Cal Fire's Butte Unit Headquarters on the corner of Nelson Ave and Del Oro Ave in Oroville is coming down, and will be replaced by a new facility, according to Cal Fire officials. The facilities that are to come will be a far cry from the old buildings that Oroville residents may remember.
- PUB DATE: 6/14/2018 6:07:41 PM - SOURCE: KRCR-TV ABC 7 & KCVU-TV Fox 20
Posted on Fri, 15 Jun 2018 01:07:41 GMT

San Diego County Fire Authority Looks Ahead To Summer Fire Season
The San Diego County Fire Authority and Cal Fire San Diego say they are confident they have enough resources to prevent large scale fires this summer. But as more fires flare up throughout California, San Diego's local resources could be stretched. "As we continue to get busier and other places have fires and we start sharing aircraft, I think that’s when we see some of these smaller fires that escape and become major fires," said San Diego County Fire Authority and Cal Fire San Diego Chief Tony Mecham.
- PUB DATE: 6/14/2018 6:03:23 PM - SOURCE: KPBS-TV PBS San Diego
Posted on Fri, 15 Jun 2018 01:03:23 GMT

San Bernardino County Fire, Victorville solidify 9-month transition deal
San Bernardino County Fire and the city have agreed to a nine-month contract extension to avoid a lapse in service until the Victorville Fire Department is activated March 31. The deal, a compromise between the year-long contract initially sought by the county and six months wanted by the city, is for $11.
- PUB DATE: 6/13/2018 4:26:10 PM - SOURCE: Victorville Daily Press
Posted on Wed, 13 Jun 2018 23:26:10 GMT

UC Davis Fire Department Goes Mini for Large Events
PHOTO - The UC Davis Fire Department has a new way to squeeze through campus crowds on its way to medical emergencies: a pint-sized ambulance. The six-wheeled, all-wheel-drive utility vehicle is roughly the size of a Mini Cooper but can carry EMTs and a patient on a full-sized cot through tight spaces or even off-road.
- PUB DATE: 6/14/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE:
Posted on Thu, 14 Jun 2018 07:00:00 GMT

Inmate disappears from East County fire camp
Authorities are looking for a 21-year-old inmate firefighter who disappeared from a fire camp in Boulevard, state prisons officials announced Wednesday. Marco Calderon was last seen 10:30 p.m. Tuesday in his bunk at McCain Valley Conservation Camp, according to the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation.
- PUB DATE: 6/13/2018 7:41:39 PM - SOURCE: KSWB-TV Fox 5 San Diego
Posted on Thu, 14 Jun 2018 02:41:39 GMT

Update: Amazon Employee Accused of Sparking Arson Fire at Redlands Fulfillment Center
An Amazon employee was taken into custody in connection with a fire that broke out in the shipping facility where he worked in Redlands last week, officials said Wednesday. Brian Allen Ingersoll, 38, was arrested on suspicion of arson last Friday, a day after a blaze damaged at least $250,000 worth of merchandise inside the e-commerce behemoth’s fulfillment center at 2125 San Bernardino Ave.
- PUB DATE: 6/13/2018 8:05:10 PM - SOURCE: KTLA-TV WB 5 Los Angeles
Posted on Thu, 14 Jun 2018 03:05:10 GMT

Lawn mower sparks 60-acre brush fire in Paso Robles
Several homes in Paso Robles were temporarily evacuated Wednesday after an approximately 60-acre brush fire broke out in the 4200 block of Buena Vista Drive near the airport. Cal Fire reported the blaze was caused by someone mowing their lawn nearby. Cal Fire spokesman Chris Elms said the combination of high temperatures, low humidity and extremely dry grass in the area made for dangerous mowing conditions.
- PUB DATE: 6/13/2018 1:48:49 PM - SOURCE: San Luis Obispo County Tribune
Posted on Wed, 13 Jun 2018 20:48:49 GMT

Juveniles arrested after hit-and-run and fiery crash in Santa Cruz County
The California Highway Patrol arrested five juveniles after a hit-and-run and fiery crash in Santa Cruz County. The CHP said officers found a man who had just been struck by a hit-and-run driver while driving his 1998 GMC pickup on Larkin Valley Road at Old Adobe Road Wednesday afternoon. The man was able to give officers the description of the suspect vehicle and license plate number.
- PUB DATE: 6/13/2018 7:50:17 PM - SOURCE: KION-TV CBS 46
Posted on Thu, 14 Jun 2018 02:50:17 GMT

Record $7 million donation from San Manuel to pay for replacement of San Bernardino fire stations
Two dilapidated fire stations in San Bernardino will be replaced thanks in large part to a record $7 million donation from the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians. In return, the San Bernardino County Fire Protection District will provide the reservation a reciprocal exchange of fire, rescue and emergency medical services over 10 years.
- PUB DATE: 6/12/2018 4:37:57 PM - SOURCE: San Bernardino County Sun
Posted on Tue, 12 Jun 2018 23:37:57 GMT

Benedict Canyon fire 40% contained; fire fight aided by good weather, Los Angeles officials say
Firefighters battling a brush fire that forced evacuations in an upscale Los Angeles neighborhood were aided by good weather overnight, and the blaze was 40% contained early Wednesday, authorities said. The blaze, dubbed the Portola fire, had charred 35 to 40 acres in the Beverly Crest and Benedict Canyon areas as of Wednesday, said Los Angeles Fire Department Capt.
- PUB DATE: 6/13/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Los Angeles Times
Posted on Wed, 13 Jun 2018 07:00:00 GMT

Cal Fire Butte County Trains Last Group of Seasonal Firefighters
Cal Fire Butte County is training 29 seasonal firefighters this week. This is the last group of firefighters Cal Fire will hire this year. Each year, Cal Fire Butte County hires back about 100 seasonal firefighters. Some of the firefighters were laid off for three to five months. The training is part of a week-long process.
- PUB DATE: 6/12/2018 6:03:58 PM - SOURCE: KHSL-TV CBS 12 Action News Now
Posted on Wed, 13 Jun 2018 01:03:58 GMT

Brush Fire Causes Scare for Some Ventura County Homeowners
Firefighters quickly knocked down a small brush fire in eastern Ventura County which burned close to some homes. The fire was discovered just after 4:30 Tuesday afternoon in a rugged canyon behind Arroyo Vista Street, north of Highway 101 in Newbury Park. The fire burned up to the backyards of some homes, but more than 50 Ventura County firefighters aided by helicopter water drops stopped the flames.
- PUB DATE: 6/12/2018 6:47:03 PM - SOURCE: KCLU-FM & AM California Lutheran University
Posted on Wed, 13 Jun 2018 01:47:03 GMT

Mobile health clinics might be a way to reduce ER visits in Southern California
The 911 calls come from all corners of northern Los Angeles County’s rural desert communities: Asthma attack. Elders on their own who have run out of prescription drugs and need help. Alcohol-induced illnesses. Mental health-related episodes. Those are the calls Dr. Clayton Kazan wants, the kinds of ailments he knows he can fix with a lock box filled with emergency medications and an electrocardiogram that he carries in his Ford Explorer.
- PUB DATE: 6/13/2018 10:49:01 AM - SOURCE: San Gabriel Valley Tribune
Posted on Wed, 13 Jun 2018 17:49:01 GMT

New ‘fire hydrant’ for water-dropping helicopters may cut response time for remote wildfires
With fire season heating up in Southern California, firefighters unveiled a new “fire hydrant” for helicopters on Monday that could drastically reduce turnaround times for water drops in remote areas. Set on a 1,700-gallon metal water tank, the Remotely Activated Snorkel Site uses robot-controlled valves to tap into an area’s municipal water system, allowing quick access for snorkel helicopters that otherwise would have to spend valuable minutes flying to a reservoir or other water source.
- PUB DATE: 6/12/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Orange County Register
Posted on Tue, 12 Jun 2018 07:00:00 GMT

Vallejo Fire Department to graduate its first ALA-certified firefighters
Even as the Vallejo Fire Department graduates is latest crop of three new fire fighters, the department celebrates their being the first ALA class in the department’s history, spokesman Kevin Brown said. It’s kind of a big deal, he said. “Over the past several months, the rank and file of the Vallejo Fire Department has worked very hard to become recognized by the state offices of the Fire Marshal and State Fire Training as an ‘Accredited Local Academy,’” he said.
- PUB DATE: 6/11/2018 6:34:36 PM - SOURCE: Vallejo Times-Herald
Posted on Tue, 12 Jun 2018 01:34:36 GMT

Sonoma County calls for changes after fire report
When the Tubbs Fires and others roared through Sonoma County on the night of October 8, 2017, it overwhelmed first responders and citizens. A final report, commissioned by the board of supervisors, spells out the failures and remedies learned from a disaster that exceeded any previously. While critical of Sonoma County, the report exposes much of California as being equally, if not more unprepared, for such massive disasters.
- PUB DATE: 6/11/2018 4:48:32 PM - SOURCE: KGO-TV ABC 7 San Francisco
Posted on Mon, 11 Jun 2018 23:48:32 GMT

Kern County Fire Department is ready for wild land fire season
It's hard to describe the destruction caused by wild land fires the last two years. However, Chief Brian Marshall says his team is ready to minimize future damage this season. After the last two wild land fire seasons, Kern county fire Chief Marshall says it's only a matter of time before there is smoke in the air.
- PUB DATE: 6/11/2018 7:43:11 PM - SOURCE: KERO-TV ABC 23 Bakersfield-Turn to 23
Posted on Tue, 12 Jun 2018 02:43:11 GMT

3-Alarm Blaze Rips Through Long Beach Restaurant Weeks Before Re-Opening
A devastating three-alarm fire gutted a popular Long Beach restaurant early Tuesday morning, just weeks before it was scheduled to reopen after being forced to close last year due to flooding. The fire broke out before 5:15 a.m. at Dogz Bar and Grill, which is part of a strip mall located in the 5300 block of East 2nd Street.
- PUB DATE: 6/12/2018 11:49:25 AM - SOURCE: KCAL-TV Los Angeles
Posted on Tue, 12 Jun 2018 18:49:25 GMT

2 homes threatened by brush fire in Alpine; blaze in Campo doused quickly
Firefighters were battling a four-acre brush fire in Alpine Tuesday morning that was threatening two homes, a Cal Fire spokesman said. The fire was reported near Huey Lane and Tavern Road around 9:50 a.m. Fire crews were on scene and were quickly knocking flames down, Cal Fire spokesman Issac Sanchez said.
- PUB DATE: 6/12/2018 10:46:55 AM - SOURCE: San Diego Union-Tribune
Posted on Tue, 12 Jun 2018 17:46:55 GMT

Off-duty San Francisco firefighter, police rescue swimmer in Aquatic Park
An off-duty San Francisco firefighter may have saved a life Saturday morning when he aided with the rescue of a swimmer who had been struggling in the cold water of the bay. Capt. Thomas Johansen was swimming about 9:20 a.m. at Aquatic Park in San Francisco when he saw the Police Department’s Marine Unit responding to a swimmer in distress, said Lt.
- PUB DATE: 6/10/2018 6:59:41 PM - SOURCE: SF Gate: San Francisco Chronicle
Posted on Mon, 11 Jun 2018 01:59:41 GMT

Three teens admit to sparking fireworks-related grass fire in Visalia, investigators say
Three juveniles admitted to playing with fireworks that sparked a fast-moving fire in northwest Visalia Saturday afternoon. At 3:21 p.m., Visalia firefighters responded to a report of a grass fire in a field at Doe Avenue and El Cajon Street. A quarter of an acre was on fire and the blaze was moving at a average speed when firefighters arrived.
- PUB DATE: 6/10/2018 11:30:25 AM - SOURCE: Fresno Bee
Posted on Sun, 10 Jun 2018 18:30:25 GMT

Three Santa Maria firefighters promoted to engineers
Three Santa Maria firefighters were promoted to engineers in a multi-purpose ceremony Friday afternoon. The three promoted were Sean Buczynski, Christoper Furtado and Jeremy Mace. Those three passed a state written test and a number of skill tests, such as a map to test the knowledge of the entire city, how to identify every part of a firefighting pump, and how to work every system on the fire truck.
- PUB DATE: 6/10/2018 11:15:41 AM - SOURCE: KSBY-TV San Luis Obispo
Posted on Sun, 10 Jun 2018 18:15:41 GMT

Downed power lines sparked deadly Northern California wildfires, say state officials
A dozen wildfires that burned thousands of homes in California’s wine country and killed at least 15 people last October were started by Pacific Gas & Electric power lines and utility poles, state fire officials said. The California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection released its investigation Friday for some of the wind-driven fires that ravaged Mendocino, Humboldt, Butte, Sonoma, Lake and Napa counties.
- PUB DATE: 6/9/2018 9:54:17 AM - SOURCE: San Gabriel Valley Tribune
Posted on Sat, 09 Jun 2018 16:54:17 GMT

Santa Clarita: South Fire containment up to 75 percent
Cooler temperatures on Sunday helped firefighters battling the South Fire burning near the Newhall community of Santa Clarita increase containment on the blaze, officials said. By 7:15 p.m., an inspector for the Los Angeles County Fire Department said firefighters had achieved 75 percent containment on the fire.
- PUB DATE: 6/11/2018 8:10:08 AM - SOURCE: Los Angeles Daily News
Posted on Mon, 11 Jun 2018 15:10:08 GMT

Cambria rejects more fire funding; county OKs providing fire services to Cayucos
The San Luis Obispo County Board of Supervisors on June 5 unanimously approved a plan to provide fire services for the Cayucos community and a proposal to assess future fire protection needs countywide. First District Supervisor John Peschong said he doesn't see how certain areas of the county can have the necessary fire coverage without the county stepping in.
- PUB DATE: 6/7/2018 1:05:30 PM - SOURCE: San Luis Obispo New Times Weekly
Posted on Thu, 07 Jun 2018 20:05:30 GMT

Chula Vistans raise their own sales tax; Revenue will help hire police and firefighters
Chula Vista residents gave themselves the county’s highest sales tax Tuesday. Measure A, which raises the sales tax from 8.25 percent to 8.75 percent, is poised to pass with 52 percent of the vote from all precincts. The new tax rate will go into effect January 2019. The measure also requires the City Council to create a citizen oversight committee to make sure Measure A revenues are spent on hiring police officers and firefighters.
- PUB DATE: 6/8/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: The San Diego Union-Tribune
Posted on Fri, 08 Jun 2018 07:00:00 GMT

Chase involving teen driver ends in fiery crash in National City
Police Friday morning in National City said a roadway near Kimball Park could be closed until mid-afternoon following an overnight crash that ignited a raging, gas-fueled fire outside a city fire station. According to reports, the crash a little after midnight allegedly involved a teenage driver who fled from a police traffic stop in her family's SUV.
- PUB DATE: 6/8/2018 9:32:13 AM - SOURCE: XETV-TV San Diego 6
Posted on Fri, 08 Jun 2018 16:32:13 GMT

Shasta County: U.S. Forest Service holds training for incoming fire investigators
The U.S. Forest Service held it's yearly training exercise on Thursday, in the City of Shasta Lake for incoming fire law enforcement and investigators. Fire Prevention Technician for the U.S. Forest Service, Patrick Callahan said field exercise preparation burn training helps to find out the origin and causes of wildfires, during fire season.
- PUB DATE: 6/7/2018 9:41:12 PM - SOURCE: KRCR-TV ABC 7 & KCVU-TV Fox 20
Posted on Fri, 08 Jun 2018 04:41:12 GMT

San Luis Obispo firefighter appears on 'American Ninja Warrior' TV show
San Luis Obispo firefighter Thomas Kofron is no stranger to high-stakes situations. He saved his family's home from a devastating wildfire using only bottled water and orange juice. On Wednesday, Kofron faced an even tougher challenge: surviving an extreme obstacle course on national TV. Kofron, who works for Cal Fire, appeared Wednesday on NBC's "American Ninja Warrior," which challenges competitors to prove their physical mettle in the hopes of winning $1 million.
- PUB DATE: 6/8/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: San Luis Obispo Trubine
Posted on Fri, 08 Jun 2018 07:00:00 GMT

Follow Up: Campfire started blaze that burned hundreds of acres in San Diego County
The brush fire that scorched 265 acres in Campo Wednesday — and remained at 65% containment Thursday — was caused by an improperly extinguished campfire on private property, Cal Fire investigators announced. The fast-moving wildfire spread across hundreds of open acres in the far southeastern reaches of San Diego County Wednesday, sending a thick column of brown-and-white smoke into the air near the U.
- PUB DATE: 6/7/2018 6:40:03 PM - SOURCE: KSWB-TV Fox 5 San Diego
Posted on Fri, 08 Jun 2018 01:40:03 GMT

Firefighters reach 30% containment on large wildfire in remote area of San Diego County, 1 firefighter injured
A fast-moving wildfire that blackened hundreds of open acres in the far southeastern reaches of San Diego County was 30 percent contained Thursday, fire officials said. The back-country blaze erupted for unknown reasons about 9:45 a.m. Wednesday off the 31000 block of state Route 94 in the Cameron Corners area of Campo, according to Cal Fire San Diego officials.
- PUB DATE: 6/7/2018 9:57:27 AM - SOURCE: KUSI-TV San Diego
Posted on Thu, 07 Jun 2018 16:57:27 GMT

Firefighters Save Dog From 50-Foot Mine Shaft in El Dorado County
An unusual rescue sent an El Dorado County Fire Protection District crew down a 100-year-old mine shaft in the Camino foothills. Even in Gold Country, this was a first. Firefighters were called to the rescue after a U.S. Department of Agriculture tracker, looking for a mountain lion reportedly attacking livestock, lost one of his tracking dogs, then discovered it using a GPS collar, underground, in a hole, down a mineshaft.
- PUB DATE: 6/7/2018 10:31:48 AM - SOURCE: KOVR-TV CBS Sacramento
Posted on Thu, 07 Jun 2018 17:31:48 GMT

Two-alarm Pittsburg grass fire injures three, closes roadway
Three people, including a firefighter, were injured as firefighters battled a brush fire that erupted beside Pittsburg-Antioch Highway, authorities said. The fire threatened several structures, including a nearby junkyard, and smoke in the area led to the closure of the highway. Firefighters with the federal Military Ocean Terminal-Concord assisted with a water tender, and East Contra Costa firefighters also responded.
- PUB DATE: 6/6/2018 7:39:27 PM - SOURCE: East Bay Times
Posted on Thu, 07 Jun 2018 02:39:27 GMT

Follow Up: Mother killed while trying to save baby, toddler from fire near Hollister
A mother was trying to save her baby and toddler from a fire ripping through their home in San Benito County when they were all killed, investigators said Wednesday. A 27-year-old woman, her 3-year-old son, and 8-month-old daughter were all burned beyond recognition when firefighters found their bodies inside a mobile home southeast of Hollister.
- PUB DATE: 6/6/2018 3:44:34 PM - SOURCE: KSBW-TV Salinas
Posted on Wed, 06 Jun 2018 22:44:34 GMT

CAL Fire Seizes Nearly 50,000 Pounds of Illegal Fireworks
CAL Fire arrested a group of people and seized one of the largest amounts of illegal fireworks in state history, officials announced Thursday. Over 49,000 pounds of the fireworks were stored across the Bay Area in Hayward, Walnut Creak and Oakland, according to CAL Fire. Other locations included Copperopolis, Modesto and Salida.
- PUB DATE: 6/7/2018 11:05:24 AM - SOURCE: KNTV-TV NBC 11 Bay Area
Posted on Thu, 07 Jun 2018 18:05:24 GMT

San Jose firefighter narrowly escapes injury when car slams into fire truck
A firefighter part of a crew battling a blaze in Coyote Creek on Wednesday morning narrowly escaped injury when a motorist crashed into the back of a parked fire engine on Capitol Expressway, authorities said. The firefighter was moving cones on the roadway when a Nissan Altima slammed into the back of the fire engine on Capitol near Tuers Road, San Jose police officer Gina Tepoorten said.
- PUB DATE: 6/6/2018 6:37:55 AM - SOURCE: East Bay Times
Posted on Wed, 06 Jun 2018 13:37:55 GMT

San Pasqual area residents vote to nix fire protection tax
esidents of the San Pasqual Valley area, west of Ramona, overwhelmingly voted to repeal a more than 30-year-old parcel tax that funded fire prevention. The measure to nix the levy was spearheaded by former members of the San Pasqual Volunteer Fire Department, which was taken over by the county in 2014.
- PUB DATE: 6/5/2018 10:35:38 PM - SOURCE: San Diego Union-Tribune
Posted on Wed, 06 Jun 2018 05:35:38 GMT

Panoche Fire: Three bodies, including toddler & infant found
The San Benito County Sheriff's Office located the remains of three bodies on a property where a vegetation fire is burning. The Panoche Fire started Monday night, and has spread to 64 acres. Around 10:30 p.m., firefighters found a body in what appeared to be the remains of a camping trailer at a property in the 20000 block of Panoche Road.
- PUB DATE: 6/5/2018 7:14:39 PM - SOURCE: KION-TV CBS 46
Posted on Wed, 06 Jun 2018 02:14:39 GMT

Fire at Schellville pallet factory near Sonoma closes roads, forces evacuations
Firefighters Tuesday afternoon fought a large fire at a Schellville wooden pallet factory that forced neighborhood evacuations, blew up a propane tank and drew almost 100 firefighters from Sonoma, Napa and Marin counties. The three-alarm fire on Fremont Drive was at the Sonoma Pacific Co., the same pallet business that burned in a massive fire in 2013 and suffered a smaller fire in 2007.
- PUB DATE: 6/5/2018 8:01:27 PM - SOURCE: Santa Rosa Press Democrat
Posted on Wed, 06 Jun 2018 03:01:27 GMT

Fire breaks out at Amazon distribution center in Redlands
A fire sparked trouble at the Amazon Fulfillment Center in Redlands Tuesday night. At about 9 p.m., authorities from Loma Linda and San Bernardino responded to a commercial structure fire at the distribution center, located at 2125 San Bernardino Avenue. Fire crews found smoke coming from the roof area and upon making entry to the facility, fire was discovered in the center of the building originating on the roof from a solar panel, according to Redlands Fire Department Battalion Chief Jim Topoleski.
- PUB DATE: 6/6/2018 6:02:31 AM - SOURCE: KABC-TV ABC 7 Los Angeles
Posted on Wed, 06 Jun 2018 13:02:31 GMT

First responders warned after Fresno suicides involving gas formula
A man and a woman committed suicide at a motel on Blackstone and Ashlan avenues in early May using a method that is widely circulated on the internet and poses a threat to first-responders and others, the Fresno County Coroner reported Monday. The deaths were reported May 4 at the motel, where the bodies of the two were found by a maintenance worker, who reported “toxic fumes“ coming from their room.
- PUB DATE: 6/5/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Fresno Bee
Posted on Tue, 05 Jun 2018 07:00:00 GMT

New Laguna Beach fire chief welcomed in ceremony after leading fight against weekend blaze
Six weeks into his job and just 48 hours before being officially pinned as the city’s fire chief, Mike Garcia led his department in battling a 150-acre blaze over the weekend that forced the evacuation of 1,500 residents from 600 homes in the Top of the World neighborhood. The brush fire that started at 2 p.
- PUB DATE: 6/5/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Firehouse
Posted on Tue, 05 Jun 2018 07:00:00 GMT

Kern County Hotshots prepare for wildfire season
All it takes is one small brush fire to lead to a state of emergency during wildfire season, but one Kern County crew is getting prepared to help keep you and your family safe while making vulnerable communities more fire resilient. 23ABC followed the Fulton and Breckenridge Hotshot crews into the Sequoia National Forest to get an inside look at how they train yearly to get ahead.
- PUB DATE: 6/4/2018 8:00:13 PM - SOURCE: KERO-TV ABC 23 Bakersfield-Turn to 23
Posted on Tue, 05 Jun 2018 03:00:13 GMT

Two rescued after SUV plunges off Highway 166 in Santa Barbara County
Two people were seriously injured and required rescue after their vehicle plunged off Highway 166 near the Pine Canyon fire station west of New Cuyama Sunday morning. At least one of the victims was trapped in the crushed wreckage and required extrication. According to the Santa Barbara County Fire Department and the California Highway Patrol website, the crash took place near the Pine Canyon fire station east of Tepusquet Canyon and was reported at 10:24 a.
- PUB DATE: 6/4/2018 1:05:23 PM - SOURCE: Taft Midway Driller
Posted on Mon, 04 Jun 2018 20:05:23 GMT

Wildfire relief fund deal floated for officials
California lawmakers are said to be considering a proposal to help utilities shoulder billions of dollars in potential liability costs while offering relief to wildfire victims by setting up a compensation fund that would be backed by the state and the power companies. Details, including the size, are still being worked out and the proposal — one of a number of options being considered — may not come together, according to people familiar with the discussions who asked not to be identified because they aren’t public.
- PUB DATE: 6/5/2018 10:22:50 AM - SOURCE: Marin Independent Journal
Posted on Tue, 05 Jun 2018 17:22:50 GMT

Fire ignites at Acura dealership in Santa Clara
Firefighters battled a two-alarm blaze that ignited early Tuesday morning at the Acura dealership on Stevens Creek Boulevard. The fire, first reported at 6:30 a.m., sent plumes of black smoke above the dealership at 4747 Stevens Creek. When firefighters first arrived to the scene, they reported heavy smoke in the area and went inside the service bay area of the dealership to battle the blaze, according to Santa Clara Fire Chief Bill Kelly.
- PUB DATE: 6/5/2018 9:56:05 AM - SOURCE: Mercury News
Posted on Tue, 05 Jun 2018 16:56:05 GMT

Bakersfield Fire Chief Doug Greener to retire this month
Bakersfield Fire Chief Doug Greener will retire on June 30, 2018 after nearly 30 years of serving with BFD, according to a release from the department. Greener announced his retirement date internally to staff members in October, 2017 and to general members of the fire department, the city manager and city council in January, 2018.
- PUB DATE: 6/3/2018 10:58:16 PM - SOURCE: KERO-TV ABC 23 Bakersfield-Turn to 23
Posted on Mon, 04 Jun 2018 05:58:16 GMT

Orange County's Aliso Fire: Evacuations Lifted, 55% Contained, Fire Dept. Seeking Answers
Orange County Fire Authority, Laguna Beach Fire Department and coordinating fire agencies sought the public's assistance in determining the cause of the Aliso Fire on Monday. Evacuees were allowed to return home to Laguna Beach's Top of the World neighborhood overnight, and morning classes at Top of the World Elementary School were canceled on Monday, according to the Laguna Beach Unified School District.
- PUB DATE: 6/4/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE:
Posted on Mon, 04 Jun 2018 07:00:00 GMT

Related: Firefighters Text Updates to Evacuated Homeowner as They Protect Orange County Neighborhood From Wildfire
Firefighters helped ease evacuated residents' fears over the weekend when they provided text message updates as they protected homes from a wildfire that threatened a neighborhood in Orange County. Christine Russell received updates from Newport Beach Fire Station No. 6 during the tense hours of the Aliso fire firefight.
- PUB DATE: 6/4/2018 7:39:11 AM - SOURCE: KNBC-TV NBC 4 Los Angeles
Posted on Mon, 04 Jun 2018 14:39:11 GMT

Fremont approves $1.5 million to upgrade emergency radio system
The Fremont City Council has proposed allocating $1.5 million to upgrade the city’s emergency radio systems, which would double the total amount of access to city emergency response teams as well as federal government departments like Homeland Security. This is due to be accomplished by June 2019 at the earliest and no later than June 2020, according to David Persselin, the city’s financial director.
- PUB DATE: 6/2/2018 7:41:52 PM - SOURCE: Pioneer Online
Posted on Sun, 03 Jun 2018 02:41:52 GMT

Juveniles likely responsible for fire that charred canyon north of San Diego State University
Juveniles were likely responsible for starting a fire that charred 38-acres in a Del Cerro canyon north of San Diego State University, prompting dozens of evacuations and an hours-long freeway closure, a fire official said Monday. Fire investigators have not identified the children, and it’s unclear what they were doing when the fire started, San Diego Fire-Rescue Department spokeswoman Mónica Muñoz said.
- PUB DATE: 6/4/2018 8:05:07 AM - SOURCE: San Diego Union-Tribune
Posted on Mon, 04 Jun 2018 15:05:07 GMT

Elderly Man Pulled Out Of Burning Signal Hill Apartment In Grave Condition
An elderly man is fighting for his life after he was pulled unresponsive from his burning apartment in Signal Hill Monday morning. The fire was reported at 2:44 in the 2200 block of Gaviota Avenue, Signal Hill police Sgt. R. Hefte said. Flames were seen shooting out of the second-floor apartment when police arrived to evacuate the residents.
- PUB DATE: 6/4/2018 7:39:08 AM - SOURCE: KCAL-TV Los Angeles
Posted on Mon, 04 Jun 2018 14:39:08 GMT

Kneeland Fire Department loses only water tender after they say road beneath it collapsed
The Kneeland Volunteer Fire Department's water tender was totaled Monday after the road beneath it collapsed, causing the vehicle to crash down an embankment. The incident occurred while the agency was responding to a structure fire on Abbey Road in Bayside. The water tender moved aside and parked halfway on the narrow road and its shoulder to make way for an oncoming fire truck.
- PUB DATE: 5/31/2018 11:42:01 AM - SOURCE: KRCR-TV ABC 7 & KCVU-TV Fox 20
Posted on Thu, 31 May 2018 18:42:01 GMT

Three-alarm blaze scorches hill in Dan Foley Park in Vallejo
A three-alarm brush fire in Dan Foley Park kept Vallejo firefighters busy Thursday afternoon. Firefighters received a report at about 3 p.m. of smoke being seen from Six Flags Discovery Kingdom, said Vallejo fire spokesman Kevin Brown. The blaze scorched a hill between the park’s cultural center and a fence near Discovery Kingdom’s parking lot.
- PUB DATE: 5/31/2018 6:49:34 PM - SOURCE: Vallejo Times-Herald
Posted on Fri, 01 Jun 2018 01:49:34 GMT

Family of Couple Killed in Napa Wildfire Sues PG&E
The families of two Atlas Fire victims are suing PG&E, claiming the utility company’s failures led to their loved ones deaths. Ed Stone and George Chaney died in the October fire after getting trapped in their Napa home. The men’s family says they want to make sure steps are taken to prevent future disasters.
- PUB DATE: 5/31/2018 6:35:53 PM - SOURCE: KNTV-TV NBC 11 Bay Area
Posted on Fri, 01 Jun 2018 01:35:53 GMT

Los Angeles Fire Department honors benefactor as honorary fire chief
Lyn MacEwen Cohen, president of the First-In Fire Foundation and the Miracle Mile Civic Coalition, has been honored by the Los Angeles Fire Department as “Honorary Fire Chief 2018” for her service benefitting the department. Cohen had previously been awarded the honor in 2006 and 2012. LAFD Fire Chief Ralph Terrazas presented the award at the Fire Station 29 Centennial Groundbreaking Ceremony on May 12.
- PUB DATE: 5/31/2018 1:09:03 PM - SOURCE: Park Labrea News and Beverly Press
Posted on Thu, 31 May 2018 20:09:03 GMT

Fire Station 301 in Hesperia demolished as annexation to County Fire moves forward
Local San Bernardino County Fire Station No. 301 is no more after city workers recently razed the aging structure that sat along Eleventh Avenue. Over Memorial Day weekend, piles of debris sat on the property that once housed the old station operated by the city-operated Hesperia Fire Protection District.
- PUB DATE: 5/31/2018 3:45:49 PM - SOURCE: Victorville Daily Press
Posted on Thu, 31 May 2018 22:45:49 GMT

Grant Fire 100 percent contained
Delta winds were not nearly as strong as Wednesday's gale force winds that fueled the Grant Fire in the Byron area. Today, plenty of Cal Fire, as well as county and local fire crews, spent all day making sure nothing on the 500-acre burn area flared up again. “There's still some fairly significant wind in the area, so we have units on patrol, units hitting some hot spots,” said Battalion Chief Ross Macumber of Alameda County Fire.
- PUB DATE: 5/31/2018 7:39:40 PM - SOURCE: KTVU-TV Oakland, San Francisco, Bay Area
Posted on Fri, 01 Jun 2018 02:39:40 GMT

Oakland to settle fire captain discrimination suit for $450,000
A fire captain is set to receive a $450,000 settlement after suing the city and a former fire chief for discrimination. City Attorney Barbara Parker is recommending City Council approve the sum at its June 5 meeting, according to city documents. Capt. Joseph Torres filed suit in November 2015, alleging Chief Teresa Deloach Reed refused to promote him to battalion chief, even though he qualified for the rank.
- PUB DATE: 5/30/2018 3:54:17 PM - SOURCE: East Bay Times
Posted on Wed, 30 May 2018 22:54:17 GMT

Wildfires continue to burn in Contra Costa, Alameda counties
Firefighters on Thursday continued to battle seven wildfires that erupted a day prior in Contra Costa County, combatting strong headwinds as they tried to contain the blaze. The fires began around 1 p.m. Wednesday and are burning in the area between Camino Diablo and the Alameda County line, officials said.
- PUB DATE: 5/31/2018 8:38:09 AM - SOURCE: San Francisco Chronicle (
Posted on Thu, 31 May 2018 15:38:09 GMT

CHP officer calls firefighter he pulled from NorCal fire a hero
A firefighter who was pulled from a burning building Monday is in fair condition at the UC Davis Burn Center in Sacramento. Firefighter Justin Costa was pulled to safety by California Highway Patrol Officer Geno Cortez and another firefighter after being badly burned while battling a blaze at Hardester’s Market in Middletown.
- PUB DATE: 5/31/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KCRA 3
Posted on Thu, 31 May 2018 07:00:00 GMT

April fire at Concord apartment building under construction deemed arson
Authorities said Wednesday an arsonist started a fire that caused $55 million in damage last month to an apartment building under construction. The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives said the April 24 fire in Concord, about 30 miles (48 kilometers) east of San Francisco, is the latest in a string of arsons at construction sites in the San Francisco Bay Area since 2016.
- PUB DATE: 5/30/2018 3:21:24 PM - SOURCE: Santa Rosa Press Democrat
Posted on Wed, 30 May 2018 22:21:24 GMT

Redding Fire Chief talks about challenges with transient camps during fire season
Every year, wildfires encroach on residents homes in Redding and challenge firefighters. Dense, dry brush throughout the Northstate makes some fires unavoidable but Redding Fire Chief Gerry Gray says a portion of those fires are started by illegal transient camps. According to Gray, at least 15 percent of these fires are caused by transient activities such as camp fires and cooking.
- PUB DATE: 5/30/2018 3:26:35 PM - SOURCE: KRCR-TV ABC 7 & KCVU-TV Fox 20
Posted on Wed, 30 May 2018 22:26:35 GMT

Neighbors Team Up to Stop Apartment Fire in San Diego
Teamwork and a fire extinguisher were behind the effort that prevented a fire in a University Heights apartment unit from spreading throughout the complex. Neighbors of the unit at Catalina Apartments complex on Cleveland Avenue told NBC 7 that several of them assisted in putting out the fire. It sparked at around 8:30 p.
- PUB DATE: 5/30/2018 10:40:43 PM - SOURCE: KNBC-TV NBC 4 Los Angeles
Posted on Thu, 31 May 2018 05:40:43 GMT

Julian Firefight: New Chief Faces Lawsuits, Protests over County ‘Hostile Takeover’
Jeremi Roesler takes over as Julian fire chief Friday, succeeding five-year Chief Rick Marinelli and inheriting a firestorm. A battalion chief with Cal Fire’s Hemet-area Battalion 5, Roesler will be dealing with lawsuits, complaints of Brown Act violations, expected protests at the Julian fire station on state Route 79 and an angry citizenry that has petitioned twice to keep its last-in-the-county volunteer force.
- PUB DATE: 5/30/2018 1:52:13 AM - SOURCE: Times of San Diego
Posted on Wed, 30 May 2018 08:52:13 GMT

Follow Up: Salinas firefighters ask council not to freeze two positions
Salinas firefighters are asking the city council to avoid freezing two vacant positions, saying the fire department's staffing level is already low enough. "We are such a lean fire department," said Josh Hostetter, head of the Salinas Firefighters Local 1270. The city is proposing to freeze two vacant firefighter positions to save $335,230, part of the city's effort to close a $7.
- PUB DATE: 5/29/2018 6:08:59 PM - SOURCE: Californian Online - Salinas
Posted on Wed, 30 May 2018 01:08:59 GMT



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