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Riverside County fire ignited by crash burns 5,000 acres
A car crash ignited a fire Monday in a remote Inland Empire canyon, and the blaze quickly spread, triggering evacuation warnings. By about 11:50 p.m., the fire was 10% contained as 5,000 acres burned in the dry hills between Beaumont and San Jacinto, about 80 miles east of Los Angeles, according to the Riverside County Fire Department.
- PUB DATE: 6/26/2017 8:55:18 PM - SOURCE: Los Angeles Times
Posted on Tue, 27 Jun 2017 03:55:18 GMT

Related: Emergency alert to ‘evacuate now’ over Manzanita fire was mistake, officials say
Residents across Inland Southern California received a scare late Monday, June 26, when an alert went out in error telling them to immediately evacuate. The alert started going out about 9:30 p.m. as the Manzanita fire burned south of Beaumont. An evacuation warning — which encourages residents to leave voluntarily — is in effect for homes between Highland Home Road south of Beaumont and Highway 243 south of Banning, and includes the mountain communities of Silent Valley and Poppet Flats.
- PUB DATE: 6/27/2017 4:49:10 AM - SOURCE: Riverside Press-Enterprise
Posted on Tue, 27 Jun 2017 11:49:10 GMT

Placerita Fire destroys 3 Disney sets on Golden Oak Ranch in Newhall
In addition to having burned 760 acres over the weekend, the Placertia Fire also destroyed three of Disney’s production sets on the Golden Oak Ranch, a Disney spokesman told The Signal. “We lost three small production set buildings that were located in the woods,” Disney spokesman David J. Jefferson said Monday afternoon.
- PUB DATE: 6/26/2017 7:24:03 PM - SOURCE: Santa Clarita Valley Signal
Posted on Tue, 27 Jun 2017 02:24:03 GMT

Los Angeles: Teen’s Body Found In Hyde Park Garage Fire
Firefighters discovered a 17-year-old boy dead and a second victim wounded when they responded to a garage fire in Hyde Park Tuesday morning. The fire broke out before 8:47 a.m. in a detached, converted garage in the 4800 block of South Crenshaw Boulevard, according to the Los Angeles Fire Department.
- PUB DATE: 6/27/2017 10:21:04 AM - SOURCE: KCAL-TV Los Angeles
Posted on Tue, 27 Jun 2017 17:21:04 GMT

San Luis Obispo County: Hill Fire burns up to 1,500 acres, 40 percent contained; evacuations still in place
A fast-moving fire near Santa Margarita has so far burned between 1,200 to 1,500 acres of land and is 40 percent contained, according to Cal Fire. The blaze has also destroyed one structure, though officials have not yet confirmed whether it was a house or an outbuilding, according to Cal Fire spokesman Chris Elms.
- PUB DATE: 6/27/2017 4:23:45 AM - SOURCE: San Luis Obispo County Tribune
Posted on Tue, 27 Jun 2017 11:23:45 GMT

Santa Maria teens learn what it takes to be a firefighter
For the next four days, Central Coast teens are learning what a day in the life of a Santa Maria firefighter is like. It's all part of a four-day Junior and Teen Firefighter Camp where kids get hands-on experience. "People had Superman and Spiderman when they were my age I had firefighters,” said Abraham Villanueva.
- PUB DATE: 6/26/2017 5:15:05 PM - SOURCE: KEYT-TV ABC 3 Santa Barbara
Posted on Tue, 27 Jun 2017 00:15:05 GMT

Crews battling 870-acre fire in Santa Clarita will face 30-mph winds and triple-digit heat, forecast says
Crews working against a wildfire in Santa Clarita will face red flag conditions Monday afternoon when temperatures climb toward triple digits, the humidity drops and winds pushing toward homes and businesses accelerate to as much as 30 mph, the National Weather Service said. “Conditions are right for a fire to spread,” said meteorologist Tom Fisher.
- PUB DATE: 6/26/2017 8:36:24 AM - SOURCE: Los Angeles Times
Posted on Mon, 26 Jun 2017 15:36:24 GMT

Car smashes into Orange County Fire Authority gates – a recurring problem
A Tesla Model X crashed in the gates outside the Orange County Fire Authority headquarters at the end of Tustin Ranch Road in Irvine Saturday, June 24, night – a bafflingly frequent event . The car hit the metal gates at 10:27 p.m. and burst into flames. One of the car’s two occupants was transported to a hospital with a minor hand injury, said Irvine Police Department spokeswoman Kim Mohr.
- PUB DATE: 6/25/2017 2:54:51 PM - SOURCE: Orange County Register
Posted on Sun, 25 Jun 2017 21:54:51 GMT

Stockton, San Joaquin County, fire district sue drug companies over opioid crisis
The city, county and a local fire district recently sued several major pharmaceutical companies and a medical distribution firm, charging them with damaging the local economy by promoting the use of opioid painkillers they knew to be dangerous and extremely addictive. The 52-page complaint was filed in Superior Court late last month by two private law firms on behalf of Stockton, San Joaquin County and the Montezuma Fire Protection District, which serves unincorporated portions of southeast Stockton.
- PUB DATE: 6/26/2017 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE:
Posted on Mon, 26 Jun 2017 07:00:00 GMT

Redondo Beach woman gets dying wish seeing son graduate from Downey fire academy
Susan Safina’s hands trembled as she pinned a badge on her son’s lapel. Seconds later, he leaned in for a hug and a tear trickled down her face. Christian Safina, 26, was one of six recruits graduating from the Downey fire academy on Friday and, thanks to a little help from the Fire Department and Torrance Memorial Medical Center staff, his terminally ill mother was there to witness one of his proudest achievements.
- PUB DATE: 6/24/2017 1:55:31 AM - SOURCE: Torrance Daily Breeze
Posted on Sat, 24 Jun 2017 08:55:31 GMT

San Diego: 'Fire Boss' air tanker promises quicker wildfire containment
Firefighters are getting a new tool this summer that promises quicker wildfire containment times and it won't cost taxpayers a dime. San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer and Fire-Rescue Chief Brian Fennessy unveiled their newest weapon against wildfires Thursday. It's called the Fire Boss. It's an 800-gallon capacity air tanker that that can fly for three hours straight and take off from or land on a body of water.
- PUB DATE: 6/26/2017 7:33:23 AM - SOURCE: KFMB-AM 760 San Diego
Posted on Mon, 26 Jun 2017 14:33:23 GMT

Kern River Valley residents gather to give thanks on Erskine Fire anniversary
Linnie Galetano stood on the green lawn at Mountain Mesa Park on Friday and pointed up the sloping hillside toward a barren patch of ground visible in the distance. “That’s where my house was,” she said. “One day it was there, the next it was gone.” It was exactly one year before, almost to the hour, that the now infamous Erskine Fire raged through the Kern River Valley and into Galetano’s tiny Squirrel Valley neighborhood.
- PUB DATE: 6/24/2017 4:30:33 AM - SOURCE:
Posted on Sat, 24 Jun 2017 11:30:33 GMT

Leadership changing in Beverly Hills Fire Department
Beverly Hills Fire Chief Ralph Mundell is retiring today after serving the city since 1986. Mundell started as an entry-level firefighter and rose through the ranks before being appointed fire chief in 2013. Mundell said it was a rewarding career and thanked his fire department colleagues, city staff and members of the community for their support.
- PUB DATE: 6/22/2017 1:16:04 PM - SOURCE: Park Labrea News and Beverly Press
Posted on Thu, 22 Jun 2017 20:16:04 GMT

Bakersfield: Ambulance crew reached stricken attorney in 12 minutes, Hall says
The Hall Ambulance crew that responded to a medical emergency Tuesday evening involving Bakersfield attorney Benjamin Greene arrived on scene at Hart Park in 12 minutes, 7 seconds, a Hall spokesman said in a news release Thursday. The documented response time contradicts a witness who, in an interview with The Californian on Wednesday, estimated the response time to be approximately 40 minutes.
- PUB DATE: 6/23/2017 5:58:42 AM - SOURCE:
Posted on Fri, 23 Jun 2017 12:58:42 GMT

Menlo Park: Fire district offers $175K for special stoplights
While the governing board of the Menlo Park Fire Protection District agreed on June 28 to pay half the cost of two pedestrian-activated stoplights near its Menlo Park fire station on Middlefield Road, coming up with the money may have been the easy part. Local residents asked the fire district to help make walking and bicycling safer in Menlo Park by adding two push-button-activated stoplights on Middlefield Road near Linfield Drive and Santa Monica Avenue.
- PUB DATE: 6/22/2017 1:07:12 PM - SOURCE: Menlo Park Almanac
Posted on Thu, 22 Jun 2017 20:07:12 GMT

Los Angeles County: Fire destroys house, burns quarter-acre in Agua Dulce
A house fire that became a brush fire in Agua Dulce Thursday burned the dwelling to the ground and burned about a quarter acre before the fire was snuffed out in less than half an hour. The fire began shortly after 3 p.m. on the 32000 block of Wagon Wheel Road, north of Davenport Road and south of Sierra Highway.
- PUB DATE: 6/23/2017 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Signal Santa Clarita Valley
Posted on Fri, 23 Jun 2017 07:00:00 GMT

Kern County's Oildale fire: 'He was trying to officially burn the house down'
A man is suspected of trying to burn down a house in Oildale. A fire was started both Wednesday night and Thursday during the afternoon at a house on Esther Drive. “(There were) booby traps set up inside, with propane tanks and the like," Eckroth said. "It’s not a terrorist act towards others, we don’t believe, but it was just a matter of he was trying to officially burn the house down.
- PUB DATE: 6/22/2017 3:55:53 PM - SOURCE: KBAK-TV & KBFX-TV Bakersfield Now
Posted on Thu, 22 Jun 2017 22:55:53 GMT

Fire damages two cabins near Pinecrest Lake
Fire engulfed two houses near Pinecrest Lake Thursday, destroying one and damaging the other. Firefighters were able to keep the blaze from spreading to wildlands. One house was fully involved when firefighters arrived about noon. Steven Gregory, Tuolumne County Fire investigator, said he, Capt. Brian Bosque and training Capt.
- PUB DATE: 6/23/2017 6:09:46 AM - SOURCE: Sonora Union Democrat
Posted on Fri, 23 Jun 2017 13:09:46 GMT

Redding averts firefighter layoffs as council approves 2-year budget
Redding will keep three firefighters who faced layoff June 30, the City Council decided Wednesday. Working through its two-year budget, the council approved Fire Chief Gerry’s request to keep the positions and avoid more cuts to an already thinly staffed department. "The math of getting firefighters to a fire is actually really simple.
- PUB DATE: 6/22/2017 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Record Searchlight
Posted on Thu, 22 Jun 2017 07:00:00 GMT

Southern California firefighters pull in a quarter-million dollars in overtime, and then some
Except for a Vallejo firefighter who got a $2 million payout for wrongful termination, the list of California’s highest-earning public employees for 2016 is dominated by medical personnel – surgeons, physicians, psychiatrists, hospital directors – and a few investment officers from CalPERS, the world’s largest public employee retirement system.
- PUB DATE: 6/21/2017 5:20:16 PM - SOURCE: Orange County Register
Posted on Thu, 22 Jun 2017 00:20:16 GMT

Arson suspect arrested in two Lake County fires
A Bay Area man has been arrested on suspicion of arson in connection with two small wildland fires that broke out Sunday and Monday in Lake County. Merrill C. Brown, 65, of Hercules, is suspected of starting the fires, one near Lakeport and one near Kelseyville, according to Cal Fire. State and local firefighters quickly extinguished the fires, limiting them to a half acre altogether, officials said.
- PUB DATE: 6/21/2017 5:10:46 PM - SOURCE: Santa Rosa Press Democrat
Posted on Thu, 22 Jun 2017 00:10:46 GMT

US Air Force Drone Crashes in Remote Area Near Mt. Whitney, Causes Small Wildfire
A U.S. Air Force drone the size of a small airliner crashed in a remote section of California near Mt. Whitney. Edwards Air Force Base said in a statement that the RQ-4 Global Hawk, an unmanned surveillance aircraft, was making a routine trip Wednesday afternoon from Edwards to its usual home at Beale Air Force Base when it crashed for unknown reasons.
- PUB DATE: 6/22/2017 8:40:58 AM - SOURCE: KNBC-TV NBC 4 Los Angeles
Posted on Thu, 22 Jun 2017 15:40:58 GMT

Highway Fire containment up to 90 percent near Lake Isabella
Containment on the Highway Fire jumped to 90 percent Thursday morning, according to fire officials. The size remains steady at just over 1,500 acres. Full containment is expected by Sunday, according to the interagency InciWeb information site. The fire burning southwest of Lake Isabella was discovered last weekend and temporarily closed a portion of Highway 178.
- PUB DATE: 6/22/2017 9:02:29 AM - SOURCE: KBAK-TV & KBFX-TV Bakersfield Now
Posted on Thu, 22 Jun 2017 16:02:29 GMT

Heat, terrain pose challenges to stopping 1,200-acre Holcomb fire near Big Bear
Lower overnight temperatures, increased humidity and an jump in the number of firefighters on the front line have kept the Holcomb Fire burning just north of Big Bear Lake at 1,200 acres and 10 percent containment, officials said Wednesday. “Our total personnel jumped to 1,072,” said Kyle Smith, spokesman for the U.
- PUB DATE: 6/21/2017 8:30:47 AM - SOURCE: San Gabriel Valley Tribune
Posted on Wed, 21 Jun 2017 15:30:47 GMT

Los Angeles Fire Department could soon seek federal permission to fly drones
The Los Angeles Fire Department could soon seek federal permission to fly drones, a tool that officials say could help them track down missing hikers, gauge the risks in burning buildings and search confined spaces. A Los Angeles City Council committee voted Tuesday to allow the department to start seeking Federal Aviation Administration authorization to use “unmanned aerial systems,” despite objections from groups concerned about privacy rights.
- PUB DATE: 6/21/2017 1:49:59 AM - SOURCE: Los Angeles Times
Posted on Wed, 21 Jun 2017 08:49:59 GMT

1 dead after vegetation fire erupts near gas station in Granada Hills
One person was killed in a vegetation fire that broke out Tuesday morning near a gas station in Granada Hills, authorities said. The deceased person was identified only as a female. Her body was found near a wall separating a homeless encampment from a building at the gas station. The dramatic blaze erupted about 10:30 a.
- PUB DATE: 6/21/2017 2:02:14 AM - SOURCE: KABC-TV ABC 7 Los Angeles
Posted on Wed, 21 Jun 2017 09:02:14 GMT

Woodland Hills home rocked by explosion, fire after contractor hits gas line
A Woodland Hills home was heavily damaged by fire and smoke after a natural-gas line explosion Tuesday night, Los Angeles fire officials said. An elderly couple inside the home were saved by a gas company worker who called them out of the home moments before it erupted in flames, officials said. "As he was pulling up, the occupants were asking him to come up the driveway," said assistant Chief Patrick Butler with the Los Angeles Fire Department.
- PUB DATE: 6/21/2017 1:50:24 AM - SOURCE: KABC-TV ABC 7 Los Angeles
Posted on Wed, 21 Jun 2017 08:50:24 GMT

Half Of LAFD's Helicopter Fleet Is Out Of Service, City Council Seeks Explanation
A Los Angeles City Council committee came up short today when seeking answers on how to prevent the fire department’s helicopter fleet, which recently had to fight two simultaneous brush fires with half of its airships grounded, from operating at a diminished capacity. The Public Safety Committee heard from representatives of the Los Angeles Fire Department and the General Services Division, but Councilman Mike Bonin, who co-introduced the motion asking for a report on the state of the helicopter fleet, did not like the answers he was getting.
- PUB DATE: 6/20/2017 5:09:10 PM - SOURCE: LA West Media
Posted on Wed, 21 Jun 2017 00:09:10 GMT

Mulch and wood debris fire near Benicia extinguished
Firefighters extinguished a wood, bark and mulch fire Monday evening that had been burning for nearly 12 hours at the CCL Organics recycling facility near Benicia, Cordelia Fire Protection District Chief Keith Martin said Tuesday. The fire at 1460 Goodyear Road parallel to Interstate Highway 680 in unincorporated Solano County was reported around 3:45 a.
- PUB DATE: 6/20/2017 5:47:56 PM - SOURCE: KRON TV NBC 4 San Francisco
Posted on Wed, 21 Jun 2017 00:47:56 GMT

Santa Paula to disband 114-year old fire department
The Santa Paula City Council on Monday approved a resolution that, once finalized and in effect, effectively disbands its 114-year-old fire department. The tax-sharing agreement sets the terms for getting coverage from the larger Ventura County Fire Protection District. The district is paid for from property taxes, and Santa Paula will turn over 79 percent of what it gets once it joins, according to the agreement.
- PUB DATE: 6/20/2017 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Ventura County Star
Posted on Tue, 20 Jun 2017 07:00:00 GMT

Ghost Ship fire: Oakland releases long-awaited report on deadly inferno
Seven of them were huddled next to a couch on the second floor. Another was just 10 feet from the front door. Eight others were found together wrapped in a rug, apparently having fallen all at once when the floor under them collapsed. They, like all the other victims of the Ghost Ship warehouse fire, died of smoke inhalation, their lungs and airways clogged with soot.
- PUB DATE: 6/20/2017 6:23:25 AM - SOURCE: East Bay Times
Posted on Tue, 20 Jun 2017 13:23:25 GMT

Holcomb fire above Big Bear Lake is 950 acres, 10 percent contained
Firefighters have made some headway in battling the Holcomb fire just north of Big Bear Lake, with containment of the 950-acre blaze at 10 percent Tuesday morning, according to the latest information from the U.S. Forest Service. The wildfire grew by 100 acres overnight, according to officials. Big Bear-area residents are watching the fire’s progress closely, said Ronna Vanoostendorp, who works at the popular Thelma’s Family Restaurant on Big Bear Boulevard.
- PUB DATE: 6/20/2017 10:32:13 AM - SOURCE: San Gabriel Valley Tribune
Posted on Tue, 20 Jun 2017 17:32:13 GMT

Update: Son arrested in Santa Rosa mobile home fire that killed mother
Detectives suspect a 32-year-old Santa Rosa man started the deadly fire that trapped and killed his mother in their family’s home, Sonoma County sheriff’s officials said Monday. Ian Stamp may not have intended to kill his mother, but evidence of a flammable substance in the area of his bedroom indicates he started the 12:30 p.
- PUB DATE: 6/19/2017 7:28:57 PM - SOURCE: Santa Rosa Press Democrat
Posted on Tue, 20 Jun 2017 02:28:57 GMT

Soaring Temperatures Keep Bay Area Firefighters on High Alert
Fire danger is high across the Bay Area with soaring temperatures expected all week. The scorching heat combined with dried-up vegetation ready to ignite has fire crews throughout the region on alert. Firefighters responded early Monday to a mulch fire at a compost facility in Cordelia, right on the outskirts of Benicia.
- PUB DATE: 6/19/2017 1:59:02 PM - SOURCE: KNTV-TV NBC 11 Bay Area
Posted on Mon, 19 Jun 2017 20:59:02 GMT

Woman, 67, dies in Santa Rosa mobile home fire
A woman was killed Sunday afternoon when fire engulfed her Santa Rosa mobile home. The blaze in the Santa Rosa Mobile Estates spread so rapidly that by the time firefighters arrived, they had no hope of rescuing anyone trapped inside the home, Santa Rosa Battalion Chief Mark Basque said. The fire was reported around 12:30 p.
- PUB DATE: 6/18/2017 7:28:01 PM - SOURCE: Santa Rosa Press Democrat
Posted on Mon, 19 Jun 2017 02:28:01 GMT

Defense attorney says Ghost Ship defendant didn’t block exit
Attorneys for one of the two men charged with 36 counts of involuntary manslaughter in Oakland’s Ghost Ship fire denied on Friday claims from prosecutors that their client blocked an exit stairwell at the warehouse and turned the structure into a death trap. Lawyers for Max Harris, 27, dismissed the accusations as an attempt to make him a fall guy for the fire that killed 36 people and added that Harris actually tried to save lives as soon as the fire broke out during a music event on Dec.
- PUB DATE: 6/19/2017 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: San Francisco Chronicle
Posted on Mon, 19 Jun 2017 07:00:00 GMT

Firefighters Face Another Day Of Triple-Digit Heat In Castaic Brush Fire Battle
A brush fire by Castaic Lake is now at 60 percent containment, but firefighters are looking at another tough day of battling flames amid triple-digit temperatures and bone-dry brush. About 450 U.S. Forest Service and Los Angeles County Fire Department firefighters are on the scene of the brush fire that broke out Saturday afternoon.
- PUB DATE: 6/19/2017 7:26:06 AM - SOURCE: KCAL-TV Los Angeles
Posted on Mon, 19 Jun 2017 14:26:06 GMT

Moreno Valley: Firefighters battle brush fires in Inland Empire amid strong heat
Firefighters were hard at work on several fronts on Sunday, trying to make progress before another day of extreme heat across Southern California. Fire crews battled a brush fire that broke out north of Moreno Valley. The fire started about 3 p.m. near the area of Reche Canyon Road and Haugen Drive, according to Cal Fire and Riverside County Fire Department officials.
- PUB DATE: 6/18/2017 7:49:53 PM - SOURCE: abclocal.go
Posted on Mon, 19 Jun 2017 02:49:53 GMT

Suspected 'honey oil' lab found after fire at motel in South El Monte; 2 detained
Two suspects were hospitalized and a suspected "honey oil" marijuana extraction laboratory was discovered after a fire early Sunday morning at a motel in South El Monte, authorities said. Sheriff's deputies and firefighters responded about 12:37 a.m. to a Motel 6 in the 1200 block of Durfee Avenue, where several rooms were ablaze, according to a news release.
- PUB DATE: 6/18/2017 7:49:56 PM - SOURCE: abclocal.go
Posted on Mon, 19 Jun 2017 02:49:56 GMT

Funeral procession pays tribute to LA firefighter Kelly Wong
Relatives, colleagues and friends gathered Friday to honor the life of a Los Angeles firefighter who died two days after falling from a ladder during a training exercise. Kelly Wong, 29, fell from a Los Angeles Fire Department aerial ladder while participating in an exercise in downtown Los Angeles on June 3.
- PUB DATE: 6/16/2017 9:51:38 AM - SOURCE: Los Angeles Daily News
Posted on Fri, 16 Jun 2017 16:51:38 GMT

San Diego Fire Department Adding Crews as Dangerous Hot Weather Approaches
The San Diego Fire-Rescue Department will increase the number of on-duty firefighting crews, staff and fire apparatus in the city because of impending hot weather, according to SDFD officials. The increases are scheduled Friday through Sunday, when low humidity and high temperatures are forecast; the weather creates conditions conducive to fast-burning wildfires, the SDFD reported.
- PUB DATE: 6/15/2017 8:19:21 PM - SOURCE: Times of San Diego
Posted on Fri, 16 Jun 2017 03:19:21 GMT

Air ambulance companies in California imperiled by state funding cut
Along the far reaches of the rugged North Coast, the “golden hour” isn’t about spectacular sunsets or other whimsical seaside moments. It is the 60-minute span from the time when a person needs emergency medical attention until they arrive at a hospital. Get the patient there within that period, and they have a better chance of surviving.
- PUB DATE: 6/15/2017 6:02:36 PM - SOURCE: Santa Rosa Press Democrat
Posted on Fri, 16 Jun 2017 01:02:36 GMT

As hot weather hits, firefighters investigating recent suspicious San Jose fires
Hot weather is hitting the Bay Area, as investigators remain focused on some recent suspicious fires in the City of San Jose. The fires are happening just south of Downtown San Jose. Up one hill, you can see a burn scar from one recent fire. Interstate 280 is just over the top. You can see several of these burn scars along 280 and in the nearby Coyote Meadows.
- PUB DATE: 6/15/2017 5:43:12 PM - SOURCE: KRON TV NBC 4 San Francisco
Posted on Fri, 16 Jun 2017 00:43:12 GMT

Port of Long Beach Announces Future Plans for Two New Fireboat Stations
The Port of Long Beach (POLB) took a step forward with the planning of two new fireboat stations that will be vital to protecting the major commercial gateway. On Monday, Harbor Commissioners approved engineering design services for Fireboat Stations Nos. 15 and 20, as well as a baseline project budget of $50.
- PUB DATE: 6/15/2017 1:04:54 PM - SOURCE: Long Beach Post
Posted on Thu, 15 Jun 2017 20:04:54 GMT

East Contra Costa Fire Protection District trudges ahead with three stations
The East Contra Costa Fire Protection District recently released a preliminary fiscal year budget – and it’s a mixture of positive news and harsh reality. Interim Fire Chief Brian Helmick said the budget is sustainable for the next decade, but its rural funding stream will allow the district to operate only three stations.
- PUB DATE: 6/15/2017 4:11:28 AM - SOURCE:
Posted on Thu, 15 Jun 2017 11:11:28 GMT

Firefighters battle wildland fires, fatigue in Tulare County
After three wildland fires charred nearly 500 acres in Tulare County, firefighters are battling another enemy -- fatigue. CAL FIRE crews were called to a fire last week that tore through 339 acres in less than a day. A week later they were battling a blaze that claimed 135 acres near Hot Springs. Firefighters, working in 24-hour shifts, hike steep terrain while carrying heavy gear under the Valley sun.
- PUB DATE: 6/14/2017 8:16:11 PM - SOURCE: Tulare Advance-Register & Visalia Times-Delta
Posted on Thu, 15 Jun 2017 03:16:11 GMT

Shasta County: Man sentenced to 44 years for deadly arsons
After a two day sentencing hearing, Zane Peterson was sentenced to 44 years in state prison by Shasta County Judge Tamara Wood. Peterson pleaded guilty to 22 felony counts stemming from a series of fires he ignited between September and November of 2013. The most serious of these fires was the September 9, 2013 “Clover” Fire, which burned over 8,000 acres, destroyed numerous homes, and killed Brian Henry.
- PUB DATE: 6/15/2017 12:01:19 AM - SOURCE: KRCR-TV ABC 7 & KCVU-TV Fox 20
Posted on Thu, 15 Jun 2017 07:01:19 GMT

Moraga-Orinda Fire District to purchase four power gurneys with grant award
The Moraga-Orinda Fire District board accepted an Assistance to Firefighters Grant award from the Federal Emergency Management Agency that will allow the district to outfit four of its ambulances with self-loading gurneys. "The self-loading gurneys are better for the patient, and they are better for the firefighters, too," said Fire Chief Stephen Healy.
- PUB DATE: 6/14/2017 1:52:16 AM - SOURCE: Lamorinda Weekly
Posted on Wed, 14 Jun 2017 08:52:16 GMT

Fire damages Magalia Depot Restaurant
A historic building that caught fire on Tuesday night is still standing, but will require major inside renovations after flames burned on both its floors. At around 10:43 p.m. a Cal Fire-Butte County engine responded to a report of flames at The Depot Restaurant and Cafe in Magalia. The building that is over a century old, is on the corner of Old Skyway and Skyway right before the bridge that leads to town.
- PUB DATE: 6/14/2017 5:55:25 PM - SOURCE: Chico Enterprise Record
Posted on Thu, 15 Jun 2017 00:55:25 GMT

City of Davis picks next fire chief
Daryl C. Arbuthnott, a nearly 36-year veteran of the Los Angeles Fire Department, will take over as Davis’ fire chief on July 17, City Manager Dirk Brazil announced Tuesday. Arbuthnott has served in several communities, such as Brentwood, downtown L.A., the San Fernando Valley and Hollywood. His ranks include firefighter, fire inspector, fire captain I and II, battalion chief, assistant chief and deputy chief.
- PUB DATE: 6/13/2017 10:49:06 PM - SOURCE: Davis Enterprise
Posted on Wed, 14 Jun 2017 05:49:06 GMT

Los Angeles fire captain injured in dramatic Van Nuys blaze
A fire department captain suffered a non-life-threatening burn injury Tuesday fighting a blaze that broke out in a commercial building in Van Nuys and collapsed the structure’s roof. The fire was reported at 3:20 p.m. at a manufacturing business in the 14700 block of Aetna Street, near Cedros Avenue, according to Brian Humphrey of the Los Angeles Fire Department.
- PUB DATE: 6/13/2017 8:37:57 PM - SOURCE:
Posted on Wed, 14 Jun 2017 03:37:57 GMT

Riverside: Board approves 3-year, $595.38 million Cal Fire contract
The Board of Supervisors today unanimously approved a $595.38 million contract with Cal Fire for firefighting and other services throughout the unincorporated areas of Riverside County and 21 cities over the next three years. The board's 5-0 vote came just two weeks before the county's existing five-year contract with the state ended.
- PUB DATE: 6/13/2017 5:45:35 PM - SOURCE: KESQ-TV Channel 3
Posted on Wed, 14 Jun 2017 00:45:35 GMT

Arson could be to blame in Camp Pendleton brush fire
As crews battle a wildfire that sent a firefighter to the hospital with minor wounds. They say it may be arson. A fire battalion chief says a suspect was arrested and questioned, but the exact cause is still under investigation. The wildfire blackened dozens of open acres in the southern reaches of Camp Pendleton Tuesday afternoon.
- PUB DATE: 6/13/2017 4:42:18 PM - SOURCE: KFMB-TV CBS 8 San Diego
Posted on Tue, 13 Jun 2017 23:42:18 GMT

Update: Orange County sheriff, OCFA having 'issues' over how to respond to emergencies?
Sheriff Sandra Hutchens told the Orange County Board of Supervisors Tuesday that she has canceled an agreement with the Orange County Fire Authority on search-and-rescue operations. The sheriff and firefighters have had issues over how to respond to emergencies from the air. The sheriff has a helicopter in the air for most of the day and typically can respond to an emergency faster than the OCFA’s helicopter, which lifts off only when summoned.
- PUB DATE: 6/13/2017 10:39:24 PM - SOURCE:
Posted on Wed, 14 Jun 2017 05:39:24 GMT

Arson suspect arrested following massive East Hollywood apartment fire
An arson suspect was arrested after a massive fire broke out at an apartment construction site in East Hollywood early Monday morning. Two three-story apartment buildings in the 400 block of N. Heliotrope Drive burned fiercely before firefighter doused the flames with water. The buildings were in the wood-frame stage of construction.
- PUB DATE: 6/12/2017 7:37:06 PM - SOURCE: abclocal.go
Posted on Tue, 13 Jun 2017 02:37:06 GMT

City of Palo Alto pays $250,000 settlement for fire department accident
A woman has settled a lawsuit with the City of Palo Alto for $250,000 in a lawsuit she filed in December 2015 after receiving significant injuries caused by a motorcycle crash with a city fire truck, according to court documents supplied by the city City Attorney's office. The city does not admit any wrongdoing, according to the settlement.
- PUB DATE: 6/12/2017 1:05:56 PM - SOURCE: Palo Alto Weekly
Posted on Mon, 12 Jun 2017 20:05:56 GMT

Firefighter Treated for Moderate Burn Injuries After South Sacramento House Fire
A fire fighter with the Sacramento Fire Department was injured in an early morning fire in South Sacramento. He suffered moderate burn injuries and has been transported to UC Davis . Chris Harvey, Public Information Officer with the Sacramento Fire Department, says the injured fire fighter was conscious and talking when he left the scene by ambulance.
- PUB DATE: 6/13/2017 8:27:22 AM - SOURCE: KTXL-TV Fox 40 Sacramento
Posted on Tue, 13 Jun 2017 15:27:22 GMT

Los Angeles firefighter honored in candlelight vigil
The Los Angeles Fire Department came together last night to honor one of its own: firefighter Kelly Wong. Wong died while participating in a training exercise on June 3rd. The firefighter was honored by his friends and family at fire house 92 on Monday, where Wong's mother, wife, and infant son Colton were hugged by the fallen firefighter's former brothers and sisters in arms.
- PUB DATE: 6/13/2017 8:05:27 AM - SOURCE: KOST-FM 103.5
Posted on Tue, 13 Jun 2017 15:05:27 GMT

Goats return to Pebble Beach Fire prevention efforts on Monterey Peninsula
Highly effective, low maintenance fire prevention efforts are underway in the Monterey Peninsula, with the return of hundreds of goats. On Monday, 320 goats, owned by Orinda-based Goats R Us, were delivered to Pebble Beach. The goats will eat away at the dense vegetation that grew over the wet, rainy winter.
- PUB DATE: 6/12/2017 3:41:05 PM - SOURCE: KION-TV CBS 46
Posted on Mon, 12 Jun 2017 22:41:05 GMT

Cayucos Fire Department on verge of closure after vote to hand control to SLO County
The Cayucos Fire Department is at risk of being closed after the Cayucos Fire Protection District Board on June 1 voted to dissolve the district, initiating a process to hand over operations to San Luis Obispo County. The move was met with vocal opposition from the Cayucos Firefighters Association, which issued a statement Friday afternoon condemning the vote.
- PUB DATE: 6/11/2017 12:33:41 PM - SOURCE: San Luis Obispo County Tribune
Posted on Sun, 11 Jun 2017 19:33:41 GMT

Three hurt in Anaheim chemical fire; dozens of businesses evacuated
A major fire burned for hours at a company that produces cleaning chemicals in Anaheim, leaving three people injured. Anaheim fire officials said the blaze was reported shortly after 3 p.m. Friday at American Chemical and Sanitary Supply Inc. in an industrial section of the city. The fire burned for four hours and forced the evacuation of dozens of surrounding businesses.
- PUB DATE: 6/10/2017 6:17:27 AM - SOURCE: Los Angeles Times
Posted on Sat, 10 Jun 2017 13:17:27 GMT

After devastating fire seasons, new bill could help prevent wildfires
Congressman Jim Costa introduced a new bill to help prevent wildfires. The Wildfire Disaster Funding Act would fund both fire fighting and forest clean up separately to ultimately prevent more fires in the future. Many foothills residents they said they live in beautiful areas but the dangers of fires are always on their minds.
- PUB DATE: 6/11/2017 10:15:36 AM - SOURCE: KSEE-TV NBC 24 Fresno
Posted on Sun, 11 Jun 2017 17:15:36 GMT

Attorneys For Ghost Ship Operator Say Client Being Made A Scapegoat
Defense attorneys for Ghost Ship warehouse master tenant Derick Almena said Friday that they don’t believe Almena is criminally responsible for the blaze that killed 36 people in Oakland’s Fruitvale district last December. Veteran lawyer Tony Serra, the lead defense attorney for Almena, 47, alleged at a packed news conference at his office in San Francisco that Alameda County District Attorney Nancy O’Malley acted “in bad faith” and had “ulterior motives” earlier this week when she filed 36 counts of involuntary manslaughter against Almena and tenant Max Harris, 27, for the fire that broke out during a crowded dance party at the warehouse at 1309 31st Ave.
- PUB DATE: 6/10/2017 1:46:47 AM - SOURCE: KPIX-TV CBS 5 San Francisco
Posted on Sat, 10 Jun 2017 08:46:47 GMT

Contra Costa Fire Chief Talks Fire Services, Reducing Aid to East Contra Costa Fire
On Thursday, Contra Costa Fire Chief Jeff Carman spoke to the Antioch Rotary Club about the fire district and a variety of issues facing the District and answered questions. Chief Carman provided an overview of the fire district which had more than 65,000 calls for service over the past year with Battalion 8 being one of the busiest in the county–Antioch, Bay Point and Pittsburg.
- PUB DATE: 6/12/2017 9:06:29 AM - SOURCE: East County Today
Posted on Mon, 12 Jun 2017 16:06:29 GMT

Fire damages apartment building under construction in Hollywood
A fire heavily damaged an apartment building under construction Monday in an area southeast of Hollywood and also damaged an adjacent apartment building, a garage and a house. Firefighters sent to the 400 block of North Heliotrope Drive shortly after 6 a.m. extinguished the flames in about 45 minutes, according to the Los Angeles Fire Department.
- PUB DATE: 6/12/2017 7:55:20 AM - SOURCE: KTTV-TV MyFox 11 Los Angeles
Posted on Mon, 12 Jun 2017 14:55:20 GMT

Cigarette may have caused Three Rivers blaze in Tulare County
Firefighters were posted along Dinely Drive Thursday afternoon, each working toward the same goal -- containment. While some worked the line to keep vegetation from catching fire, others sat back-to-back, sleep deprived and covered in ash and soot. One firefighter was taken to Kaweah Delta Medical Center for heat exhaustion on Wednesday but was released later that day.
- PUB DATE: 6/8/2017 5:54:36 PM - SOURCE: Tulare Advance-Register & Visalia Times-Delta
Posted on Fri, 09 Jun 2017 00:54:36 GMT

Alameda: Simulated terror attack on bay tests local emergency response
Firefighters, medics and FBI agents swarmed a normally quiet stretch of the Alameda waterfront next to the USS Hornet Museum on Wednesday morning, maneuvering around people lying on the ground as an ominous orange smoke filled the air and brightly colored emergency vehicles crowded the road. The alarming scene was part of a two-day exercise called “Operation Seasick” — six months in the making and organized by the FBI — to practice how local, state and federal law-enforcement agencies and emergency responders would work together in the event of a complex terror attack involving weapons of mass destruction in an area like the Port of Oakland.
- PUB DATE: 6/8/2017 2:21:56 AM - SOURCE: San Francisco Chronicle (
Posted on Thu, 08 Jun 2017 09:21:56 GMT

2016 fires at Emeryville construction site determined to be arson
ATF has determined that the two fires that broke out at a construction site on San Pablo Avenue were intentionally set. The fires broke out at 3800 San Pablo Avenue. On July 6, 2016, firefighters responded to a six-alarm structure fire at the apartment complex development. Then on May 13, 2017, firefighters responded again to a massive fire at the same site.
- PUB DATE: 6/8/2017 2:26:00 PM - SOURCE: KRON TV NBC 4 San Francisco
Posted on Thu, 08 Jun 2017 21:26:00 GMT

Update: Ruling determines firefighter cannot wear "Black Lives Matter" pin on uniform
A hearing at Eureka City Hall Wednesday determined Humboldt Bay Firefighter Matt McFarland is not allowed to wear a Black Lives Matter (BLM) pin on his Humboldt Bay Fire uniform. 'It's on the news every night ," McFarland said June 6 at the hearing. "There are systematic problems for people of color who are hesitant to approach anybody with a badge, anybody in a uniform.
- PUB DATE: 6/9/2017 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KRCR TV
Posted on Fri, 09 Jun 2017 07:00:00 GMT

2 Rescued After SUV Tumbles Down Mulholland Drive Cliff in Los Angeles
A man and woman were hoisted to safety several hours after their SUV plunged over a cliff in Sherman Oaks Thursday morning. According to the Los Angeles Fire Department, the 21-year-old man and 25-year-old woman were discovered before 7:35 a.m. next to a burned out SUV about 50 feet down the side of a cliff in the 13300 block of West Mulholland Drive.
- PUB DATE: 6/8/2017 8:12:50 PM - SOURCE: KCAL-TV Los Angeles
Posted on Fri, 09 Jun 2017 03:12:50 GMT

Menlo Park Fire Protection District: No immediate plans for new Atherton property
After the Menlo Park Fire Protection district closed escrow on a $4.6 million residential property next to its Almendral Avenue fire station in Atherton, the district's chief said that it will be two decades -- and possibly three -- before the district will build a new fire station using the property.
- PUB DATE: 6/9/2017 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: The Almanac
Posted on Fri, 09 Jun 2017 07:00:00 GMT

All 488 Cal Fire battalion chief candidates won’t have to retake test after all
The State Personnel Board has ordered Cal Fire to reinstate an eligibility list for battalion chief candidates that was frozen after two people were disciplined for cheating on the test. The board also ordered that seven captains who had been appointed to battalion chief before the scandal was discovered be allowed to keep their promotions.
- PUB DATE: 6/7/2017 6:41:52 PM - SOURCE:
Posted on Thu, 08 Jun 2017 01:41:52 GMT

Fire union, others criticize Roseville's proposed fire staff 'cuts'
More than 100 people attended a city budget hearing on June 6, where Roseville Fire Chief Rick Bartee and other city officials discussed possible cuts to the department. Roseville’s proposed 2017-18 budget, which the city council is expected to vote on June 21, includes an $800,000 reduction in overtime expenses for the fire department.
- PUB DATE: 6/8/2017 2:00:04 AM - SOURCE: Press Tribune
Posted on Thu, 08 Jun 2017 09:00:04 GMT

Chula Vista City Council Adopts New Budget, Adds 12 Firefighters
The Chula Vista Fire Department - which has consistently failed to meet the national response time goal for six years - will soon get new firefighters. On Tuesday evening, the Chula Vista City Council adopted a new budget which would add more firefighters to the department. Darrell Roberts, President of Chula Vista Firefighters Local 2180, has been fighting for more hands on deck for years.
- PUB DATE: 6/7/2017 2:16:01 PM - SOURCE: KNSD-TV NBC San Diego
Posted on Wed, 07 Jun 2017 21:16:01 GMT

Father of Ghost Ship victim: ‘I just wanted to see his face’
David Gregory held the hand of his wife as they leaned forward Thursday morning, trying to catch a glimpse of Derick Almena, the man prosecutors allege caused the deadly Ghost Ship fire that killed their daughter, her boyfriend and 34 other victims last December. “I just wanted to see his face,” he said outside court, walking along a sidewalk with his wife, Kimberly.
- PUB DATE: 6/8/2017 7:55:39 AM - SOURCE: East Bay Times
Posted on Thu, 08 Jun 2017 14:55:39 GMT

Sacramento Firefighters Get ‘Fire Wipes’ for Carcinogens
The Sacramento Fire Department is now providing its firefighters with so-called "Fire Wipes," which help remove carcinogens. The wipes come from its EMS budget, and is said to be a necessity comparable to soap. After fire calls, cancer-causing carcinogens can stick to firefighters. The aim with providing wipes is to keep firefighters cancer-free.
- PUB DATE: 6/7/2017 11:27:51 PM - SOURCE: KTXL-TV Fox 40 Sacramento
Posted on Thu, 08 Jun 2017 06:27:51 GMT

Sacramento: Suspect Arrested in Fire Station Burglary
On June 5, 2017, Sacramento County Sheriff’s Property Crimes detectives arrested Lonnie Scott Schaefer, 28, of Sacramento for a burglary to a Sacramento Metro Fire station in the 8600 block of Greenback Lane in Sacramento. A little before 2:30 a.m. on June 5, 2017, Sheriff’s deputies were called to Sacramento Fire Station #29 in regards to a burglary.
- PUB DATE: 6/8/2017 10:13:26 AM - SOURCE: East County Today
Posted on Thu, 08 Jun 2017 17:13:26 GMT

Kern County supervisors approve $6 million loan to Fire Department
Kern County supervisors approved a $6 million temporary loan to the Kern County Fire Department Tuesday. The money will keep the department's budget afloat until the state and federal government reimburse the county for fighting wildland fires. “Last season was a record-setting fire season, in a bad way,” Kern County Fire Chief Brian Marshall said.
- PUB DATE: 6/7/2017 5:12:45 AM - SOURCE: Tehachapi News
Posted on Wed, 07 Jun 2017 12:12:45 GMT

After 38 year’s in fire services, Apple Valley Fire Chief Sid Hultquist announces retirement
Scattered around a small office in the corner of the Apple Valley Fire Protection District Station lay seven firefighter helmets, each of which serve as a reminder of having played an important role in the lives of others. “I’ve served in every single rank you could possibly think of when it comes to being a firefighter,” said Fire Chief Sid Hultquist.
- PUB DATE: 6/6/2017 6:30:20 AM - SOURCE: Victorville Daily Press
Posted on Tue, 06 Jun 2017 13:30:20 GMT

Chico firefighter in hospital after freak collision between fire truck and ambulance
A firefighter crushed his foot between a fire truck and an ambulance after a freak accident caused by a transient early Wednesday. Around 3 a.m., the Chico Fire Department and an ambulance responded to a medical call on 3rd Street and Broadway. When the units arrived on scene, they could not find anyone in need of assistance.
- PUB DATE: 6/7/2017 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE:
Posted on Wed, 07 Jun 2017 07:00:00 GMT

Humboldt Firefighter Files Grievance After Being Told to Remove a ‘Black Lives Matter’ Lapel Pin From His Uniform
Matt McFarland, a local firefighter with Humboldt Bay Fire, has filed a grievance through his union after being asked by his boss, Humboldt Bay Fire Chief Bill Gillespie, to stop wearing a “Black Lives Matter” lapel pin on his uniform. McFarland argues that the pin represents an important message about inclusive justice and that it conforms to his department’s uniform policy, which allows lapel pins provided they are “fire service related and in good taste.
- PUB DATE: 6/6/2017 1:23:10 PM - SOURCE: Lost Coast Output
Posted on Tue, 06 Jun 2017 20:23:10 GMT

Sacramento Fire Department Paramedic Accused of Groping Patient
Imagine being able to hear and feel, but not able to see or move. You've had a seizure, and during your ambulance ride to the hospital you feel a paramedic grab your chest -- exposing you to his colleagues. And then you hear him say: "Sorry man, I had to." "Without the say of what happens to me and my body, I would want someone to defend me," said Kara Johnson, who was shocked by the allegations.
- PUB DATE: 6/6/2017 7:08:44 AM - SOURCE: KTXL-TV Fox 40 Sacramento
Posted on Tue, 06 Jun 2017 14:08:44 GMT

L.A. wanted $20 million but settles suit over Da Vinci fire for $400,000
Los Angeles is getting $400,000 to settle its lawsuit against real estate developer Geoffrey H. Palmer over a massive fire at a downtown construction site that damaged city property, city officials announced Tuesday. The money is a tiny fraction of the $20 million that the city had originally sought in the case for damages tied to the 2014 fire, which sent flames roaring seven stories high, shut down part of a downtown freeway and roused homeless people from their sleep blocks away.
- PUB DATE: 6/7/2017 4:52:37 AM - SOURCE: Los Angeles Times
Posted on Wed, 07 Jun 2017 11:52:37 GMT

Solemn Procession Held for Los Angeles Firefighter Who Died After Fall
A solemn procession was held Monday for a 29-year-old firefighter who died after a fall during a training exercise in downtown Los Angeles over the weekend. The firefighter, identified Monday by the Los Angeles Fire Department as Kelly Wong, fell from an aerial ladder at about 10 a.m. Saturday during the exercise in the 300 block of South Main Street in downtown Los Angeles.
- PUB DATE: 6/5/2017 8:49:12 PM - SOURCE: KNTV-TV NBC 11 Bay Area
Posted on Tue, 06 Jun 2017 03:49:12 GMT

Update: Derick Almena, second Ghost Ship tenant charged with 36 counts of manslaughter
Ghost Ship master tenant Derick Almena and his second-in-command, Max Harris, were arrested Monday and charged with 36 counts of involuntary manslaughter in conjunction with the Dec. 2 Ghost Ship fire that killed three dozen people. Alameda County prosecutors found the pair hoarded flammable materials from floor to ceiling in the warehouse, created an illegal party space, and even blocked one of only two exits from the second floor the night of the fatal fire.
- PUB DATE: 6/6/2017 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: East Bay Times
Posted on Tue, 06 Jun 2017 07:00:00 GMT

El Camino Fire Academy Graduates Solo Female Recruit
Zulema Chavez was the only female recruit to graduate from the El Camino Fire Academy this spring, a motivating factor for the future firefighter. “I honestly loved it,” said Zulema, one of 31 recruits in Fire Academy Class 148. “When people see a female in a program like this with a bunch of guys, I guess they can’t help but judge.
- PUB DATE: 6/5/2017 3:52:40 PM - SOURCE: Redondo Beach
Posted on Mon, 05 Jun 2017 22:52:40 GMT

Dozens Homeless After 4-Alarm Apartment Fire In Downtown Stockton
Crews are fighting a 4-alarm fire at an apartment building in downtown Stockton Tuesday morning. The scene is at the Mayfair Apartments along N. El Dorado Street. Stockton Fire crews responded a little before 7:30 a.m. and found heavy smoke and fire showing through the roof of the building. Firefighters battled flames on the third, fourth and attic space of the building.
- PUB DATE: 6/6/2017 7:54:12 AM - SOURCE: KOVR-TV CBS Sacramento
Posted on Tue, 06 Jun 2017 14:54:12 GMT

Lincoln Firefighters Say Their Department is Understaffed
When the Lincoln Fire Department gets one emergency call, firefighters say they have to hope a second one doesn't come in. Without help from a outside department, they say they don't have the staff to cover it. "It worries us, and when we do educate our citizens, they start to worry about it," said Louis Robertson, a firefighter in Lincoln.
- PUB DATE: 6/6/2017 7:08:47 AM - SOURCE: KTXL-TV Fox 40 Sacramento
Posted on Tue, 06 Jun 2017 14:08:47 GMT

Vacaville Fire Department makes history with first station fully staffed by Vacaville natives
They grew up together, traversed the same haunts and even followed the same career path. In January, the five firefighter friends helped the Vacaville Fire Department make history. “This is the first time where there’s been five Vacavillians in this house,” explained Capt. Ryan Purnell of Station 71.
- PUB DATE: 6/6/2017 6:19:03 AM - SOURCE: Vacaville Reporter
Posted on Tue, 06 Jun 2017 13:19:03 GMT

Firefighter, 29, dies 2 days after fall from aerial ladder in downtown Los Angeles
A 29-year-old Los Angeles Fire Department firefighter died Monday, two days after he fell from an aerial ladder during a training exercise in downtown, officials said. "The LAFD is heartbroken to announce the loss of one of our members, Firefighter Kelly Wong," a two-year veteran of the department, according to a news release.
- PUB DATE: 6/3/2017 6:24:11 PM - SOURCE: abclocal.go
Posted on Sun, 04 Jun 2017 01:24:11 GMT

Two People, Including Ghost Ship Operator, Arrested in Connection With Warehouse Fire That Killed 36
Two people were arrested Monday morning on charges connected to the deadly Oakland Ghost Ship warehouse fire that killed 36 people in December, according to the Alameda County District Attorney's Office. Derick Almena, the warehouse's operator, and Max Harris, a warehouse tenant, were the ones taken into custody.
- PUB DATE: 6/5/2017 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: NBC Bay Area
Posted on Mon, 05 Jun 2017 07:00:00 GMT

Kern County Fire Department: 33-acre Lake Isabella 'Creek Fire' under investigation
More than 240 firefighters were sent to Lake Isabella on Sunday morning to stop a grass fire. Officials say the cause of the fire may be related to possible target shooting in the area. Ricocheted bullets can ignite a fire in dry grass. Fire crews were able to stop the progress at 33 acres. They will remain on scene to mop up hot spots.
- PUB DATE: 6/4/2017 7:44:55 PM - SOURCE: KBAK-TV & KBFX-TV Bakersfield Now
Posted on Mon, 05 Jun 2017 02:44:55 GMT

North Holllywood Fire Sends Apartment Dwellers Fleeing Into The Night
A fire at a North Hollywood building destroyed most of the residence’s units and sent neighbors fleeing into the night.apartment CBS 2’s Joy Benedict spoke to some of the residents about their frightening ordeal and about what comes next. It was a terrifying scene outside the apartment building and inside it was worse.
- PUB DATE: 6/4/2017 12:31:18 AM - SOURCE: KCAL-TV Los Angeles
Posted on Sun, 04 Jun 2017 07:31:18 GMT

Victims of Santa Rosa Valley plane crash were father, son
A father and son died Sunday afternoon after a small plane they were aboard crashed in the Santa Rosa Valley, according to Ventura County Fire Department. The victims, both from Calabasas, were a 57-year-old man and his 15-year-old son, said Capt. Garo Kuredjian, a spokesman for the Ventura County Sheriff's Office.
- PUB DATE: 6/5/2017 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Ventura County Star
Posted on Mon, 05 Jun 2017 07:00:00 GMT

After Wettest Winter in Years, California Faces Fire Threat
Parts of the Southwestern United States, including California, could face above-normal danger of significant wildfires this summer, according to the National Interagency Fire Center's summer outlook. The report released Thursday said wildfire risk will be high in inland Southern California in July and in parts of Northern California during August and September.
- PUB DATE: 6/3/2017 3:39:56 PM - SOURCE: KNTV-TV NBC 11 Bay Area
Posted on Sat, 03 Jun 2017 22:39:56 GMT

After cheating investigation, suspended Cal Fire promotions can move forward
Almost 300 state firefighters whose promotions were suspended after Cal Fire discovered suspected cheating on a November 2016 exam can move up the ranks as long their individual results are vetted one more time, according to a Thursday decision from the State Personnel Board. The board voted to allow Cal Fire to promote from an exam that it dismissed last month when it reported that it found “irregularities” on a test that captains must pass before advancing to battalion chief.
- PUB DATE: 6/1/2017 8:34:52 PM - SOURCE: Sacramento Bee
Posted on Fri, 02 Jun 2017 03:34:52 GMT

Two Women Firefighters Sue San Jose for Gender Discrimination
Two San Jose firefighters are suing the city for gender discrimination, retaliation and harassment saying they were passed up for promotions because they are women. Battalion Chief Patricia Tapia and retired Battalion Chief Debra Ward say they are fighting to change the culture of exclusion at the fire department.
- PUB DATE: 6/2/2017 10:35:08 AM - SOURCE: KNTV-TV NBC 11 Bay Area
Posted on Fri, 02 Jun 2017 17:35:08 GMT

Fairfield apartments evacuated in 4-alarm grass fire
A four-alarm grass fire that broke out along state Highway 12 in Fairfield Thursday evening, halting traffic and prompting some evacuations, has been extinguished, according to police officials. No injuries were reported and no structures were damaged during the blaze, which was first reported at 5:04 p.
- PUB DATE: 6/1/2017 7:37:03 PM - SOURCE: KRON TV NBC 4 San Francisco
Posted on Fri, 02 Jun 2017 02:37:03 GMT

Stockton Firefighters Remove Memorial Statue After Repeated Vandalism
After repeated vandalism, a memorial statue is being taken into hiding by Stockton firefighters. On Thursday, firefighters used heavy equipment to haul it away for safe keeping, where the common criminals who’ve turned it into their target for constant vandalism can’t find it. “We decided we needed to come up with a plan to safeguard the memorial,” Stockton Fire Battalion Chief Jonathan Smith said.
- PUB DATE: 6/1/2017 10:23:39 PM - SOURCE: KOVR-TV CBS Sacramento
Posted on Fri, 02 Jun 2017 05:23:39 GMT

Cal Fire launches new app to alert homeowners of wildfire danger
Cal Fire has launched a new app for smart phones that has the potential to save lives. Firefighters are expecting one of the busiest wildfire seasons in years and they want you to be ready. Grasses are now tall and dense after an incredibly wet winter. As those grasses dry out they become the perfect fuel for wildfires.
- PUB DATE: 6/2/2017 5:28:33 AM - SOURCE: KSBW-TV Salinas
Posted on Fri, 02 Jun 2017 12:28:33 GMT



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