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Wildfire victims hold rally, urge lawmakers to keep PG&E out of bankruptcy
Pacific Gas and Electric stocked jumped after it informed the SEC it has arranged $5.5 billion of debtor-in-possession financing to keep operating while going through bankruptcy. But wildfire victims, their attorneys, and activist Erin Brockovich rallied at the State Capitol, urging lawmakers to keep the utility out of bankruptcy.
- PUB DATE: 1/22/2019 9:39:48 PM - SOURCE: KGO-TV ABC 7 San Francisco
Posted on Wed, 23 Jan 2019 05:39:48 GMT

Eric Nickel Sworn in as New Santa Barbara City Fire Department Fire Chief
Eric Nickel, who has 31 years of service as a professional firefighter, was sworn in as chief of the Santa Barbara City Fire Department Tuesday afternoon. For the past six years, Nickel has led Palo Alto’s fire department, which covers the city and Stanford University. He worked at the Novato Fire Protection District in Marin County before that.
- PUB DATE: 1/22/2019 9:06:29 PM - SOURCE: Noozhawk
Posted on Wed, 23 Jan 2019 05:06:29 GMT

Moraga-Orinda Fire District board president determined to reverse poor public perception
Rarely does an interviewee ask for more time as the session winds down, but Steven Danziger, high-energy president of the Moraga-Orinda Fire District board of directors, did just that, as he outlined his plans to change the negative perception of the district board. "We as a new board can turn that around," he said.
- PUB DATE: 1/23/2019 3:03:47 AM - SOURCE: Lamorinda Weekly
Posted on Wed, 23 Jan 2019 11:03:47 GMT

Human Remains Found in Area of Malibu That Burned During Woolsey Fire
Sheriff's homicide detectives are investigating human remains that were discovered in Malibu, authorities said Tuesday. The remains were located near Latigo Canyon and Calicut roads late Monday afternoon and officials later said they appear to be burned. It's still unclear, however, if the body was in the area prior to recent wildfires, according to Los Angeles County Sheriff Lt.
- PUB DATE: 1/23/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KTLA 5 News
Posted on Wed, 23 Jan 2019 08:00:00 GMT

Carmel tests new emergency system
An old-fashioned idea is now the future for emergencies in Carmel. Less than a week after storms tore through Carmel-by-the-Sea, the city tested an early warning system. “Some people might recognize it is to alert them for tornado's or tsunami's, but we haven’t used it," Carmel Police Chief Paul Tomasi said.
- PUB DATE: 1/22/2019 6:54:09 PM - SOURCE: KION-TV CBS 46
Posted on Wed, 23 Jan 2019 02:54:09 GMT

2 killed, 2 injured in Perris house fire
Two people were killed and two injured in a house fire in Perris early Saturday morning, authorities said. The blaze was reported around 2:16 a.m. in the 1400 block of Portrait Road. When firefighters arrived, they saw heavy smoke and fire coming through the second story of a single-family home. After firefighters knocked down the blaze shortly before 3 a.
- PUB DATE: 1/20/2019 12:17:53 AM - SOURCE: KABC-TV ABC 7
Posted on Sun, 20 Jan 2019 08:17:53 GMT

80-Year-Old Modesto Fire Station Getting Much-Needed Repairs For Leaky Roof
One of the busiest and oldest fire stations in Modesto is starting to show it’s age, forcing its firefighters to move out while it gets some much-needed repairs. Modesto Fire Station #1 was built in 1939 and is falling apart. So, starting this week, firefighters will move to the administration building next door so deteriorating areas can be brought back to life.
- PUB DATE: 1/21/2019 5:37:40 PM - SOURCE: KOVR-TV CBS Sacramento
Posted on Tue, 22 Jan 2019 01:37:40 GMT

2 killed when massive tree crushes San Diego house
Two people died when a massive tree collapsed onto a house in Point Loma Monday morning, authorities said. The tree crushed a two-story house in the 4400 block of Santa Monica Avenue around 6 a.m. San Diego Fire-Rescue Department officials said a man and woman on the second story of the house died.
- PUB DATE: 1/21/2019 10:53:40 AM - SOURCE: KEYT-TV ABC 3 Santa Barbara
Posted on Mon, 21 Jan 2019 18:53:40 GMT

Four-Alarm Fire Damages Restaurant In Long Beach Towne Center
A stubborn, smoldering fire led to significant damage at a restaurant at Long Beach Towne Center after firefighters had to cut through the roof to get to it Saturday morning, Jan. 19, authorities said. About 6 a.m., Long Beach firefighters were dispatched to Island’s Restaurant in the 7500 block of Carson Street on two reports of light Firefighters arrived and saw smoke from the attic at the base of the roof line, Fisk said.
- PUB DATE: 1/20/2019 1:03:46 PM - SOURCE: Long Beach Gazette-Grunion Gazette
Posted on Sun, 20 Jan 2019 21:03:46 GMT

Teens show off their skills from Sacramento firefighter youth academy
For the past nine weeks, teens from the Sacramento area have been learning what it takes to become a firefighter. The Sacramento Regional Firefighter Youth Academy offers a program that provides life guidance and career exploration for at-risk high schoolers. “We characterize ‘at risk’ as being youth who might have academic, social or economic challenges in their life, and we just want to make sure that we can be a resource and that we can provide opportunities for youth to be successful in life,” said Byron Berhel, a retired fire captain who is now the CEO for Solutions for At Risk Youth.
- PUB DATE: 1/19/2019 4:04:39 PM - SOURCE: KCRA News 3
Posted on Sun, 20 Jan 2019 00:04:39 GMT

Man pleads not guilty in Costa Mesa Fire Captain's death
A Southern California man has pleaded not guilty to murder in the death of an off-duty firefighter hit by a car while bicycling in November. Twenty-five-year-old Stephen Scarpa pleaded not guilty Friday in the death of Costa Mesa fire Capt. Mike Kreza, who succumbed to his injuries two days after he was hit in Mission Viejo.
- PUB DATE: 1/19/2019 6:29:45 AM - SOURCE: Merced Sun-Star
Posted on Sat, 19 Jan 2019 14:29:45 GMT

Judge blames deadly California wildfires on PG&Es uninsulated power conductors
A federal judge Thursday blamed uninsulated power conductors owned by PG&E for the bulk of Northern California’s wildfires the past two years – including the deadly Camp Fire in Butte County – adding to the legal woes the utility is confronting. U.S. District Judge William Alsup, who is overseeing the company’s criminal probation from the 2010 San Bruno natural gas pipeline explosion, said he has tentatively concluded that uninsulated power conductors lie at the heart of the wildfire crisis that has plunged PG&E into bankruptcy.
- PUB DATE: 1/17/2019 3:39:51 PM - SOURCE: San Luis Obispo County Tribune
Posted on Thu, 17 Jan 2019 23:39:51 GMT

Two dozen people trapped by rain-swollen Santa Ana River rescued
Firefighters, aided by a helicopter, rescued about two dozen people trapped by rising waters along the rain-swollen Santa Ana River on Thursday as an intense storm moved through the Inland Empire. Those rescued were from several homeless encampments along the riverbed as it courses by Riverside on its eastern bank and Jurupa Valley on the west.
- PUB DATE: 1/17/2019 9:33:47 PM - SOURCE: The Press-Enterprise
Posted on Fri, 18 Jan 2019 05:33:47 GMT

Chaplain serves needs of East Contra Costa Fire Protection District
Fr. Robert Rien, with his warm, infectious smile and seemingly boundless energy, has the rare ability to make everyone feel like the most important person in the room – a trait that serves him well in his role as chaplain for the East Contra Costa Fire Protection District (ECCFPD). Rien, who is also pastor at St.
- PUB DATE: 1/17/2019 1:13:33 PM - SOURCE:
Posted on Thu, 17 Jan 2019 21:13:33 GMT

Prosecution Seeks Gag Order in Oakland Ghost Ship Fire Case
Alameda County prosecutors are seeking an order that would ban the Ghost Ship warehouse fire defendants and their attorneys from talking to the news media about the high-profile case. The District Attorney's proposed gag order, which technically is called a "protective order," will be debated at a hearing on Friday morning in front of Alameda County Superior Court Judge Trina Thompson, who recently was assigned to preside over the trial of Ghost Ship master tenant Derick Almena and creative director Max Harris.
- PUB DATE: 1/18/2019 6:52:53 AM - SOURCE: KNTV-TV NBC 11 Bay Area
Posted on Fri, 18 Jan 2019 14:52:53 GMT

Menlo Park Fire District Buys House Next to Fire Station
The Menlo Park Fire Protection District announced Thursday the purchase of a one-story, two-bedroom single family dwelling for $941,000 in the Belle Haven area of Menlo Park. The house, located at 1457 Chilco St., is 790 square feet and is directly next door to Fire Station 77 at 1467 Chilco St. Fire Chief Harold Schapelhouman said in a statement released Thursday the house will be used as an office and base of operations.
- PUB DATE: 1/18/2019 9:04:42 AM - SOURCE: KNTV-TV NBC 11 Bay Area
Posted on Fri, 18 Jan 2019 17:04:42 GMT

4 patients treated after suspicious package reported at Santa Ana courthouse
Firefighters treated four patients including a sheriff's deputy at the courthouse in Santa Ana after a package was opened that made them feel ill, officials said. A sheriff's deputy opened a package on the third floor of the courthouse and several people immediately felt ill, officials said. An Orange County hazardous materials team and the bomb squad responded around 2:30 p.
- PUB DATE: 1/17/2019 5:55:58 PM - SOURCE: KABC-TV ABC 7 Los Angeles
Posted on Fri, 18 Jan 2019 01:55:58 GMT

Central Valley firefighters honored by their peers for their bravery and service
Three firefighters who serve the Central Valley were honored Wednesday by their peers. The awards are presented by the Exchange Club of Fresno, but the nominees are selected by fellow firefighters. And this year, the honor went to chief Brad Driscoll with Fresno Fire, Jose Sanchez with the US Forest Service and battalion chief Jeremiah Wittwer with Cal Fire.
- PUB DATE: 1/16/2019 8:22:45 PM - SOURCE: KGPE-TV CBS 47 Fresno
Posted on Thu, 17 Jan 2019 04:22:45 GMT

Stolen Tracy fire truck recovered in Manteca
A Tracy Fire Department Battalion Chief’s command vehicle stolen from the scene of an emergency medical call on MacArthur Drive shortly after 1 a.m. Monday was recovered by Manteca police some 30 minutes later with the help of a Manteca fire engine that slowed the vehicle at the AutoZone parking lot in the 100 block of South Main Street.
- PUB DATE: 1/16/2019 8:06:01 PM - SOURCE: Manteca Bulletin
Posted on Thu, 17 Jan 2019 04:06:01 GMT

New Mandatory Evacuation Orders Issued in Holy Fire Burn Areas
New mandatory evacuation orders were issued for some Holy Fire burn areas as another round of showers hit the area Thursday morning. People in these zones must leave immediately, the alert stated. The order substantially increases the number of mandatory evacuations, which included only Laguna A as of Wednesday night.
- PUB DATE: 1/17/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KTLA 5 News
Posted on Thu, 17 Jan 2019 08:00:00 GMT

Redondo Beach: Severe Burn Victim Inspires With Story Of Strength, Perseverance
He awoke as firefighters carried him from his house, thick smoke lingering in the air as flames surrounded them. "You're going to be okay," a firefighter told him. That day, 80 percent of Jeff Kuhn's body was burned in a house fire, but he doesn't remember much about it. He doesn't remember the intense pain from his burns, or the sirens wailing as the ambulance rushed down the highway toward the hospital.
- PUB DATE: 1/16/2019 9:41:00 PM - SOURCE: Novato
Posted on Thu, 17 Jan 2019 05:41:00 GMT

Some Lanes Reopen After Fiery Big Rig Collision on 10 Freeway in Colton Forced Full Closure
Some lanes were reopened late Tuesday night after a fiery multivehicle collision involving a big rig shut down the 10 Freeway in Colton, Caltrans said in a tweet. Authorities responded to the scene on the westbound 10 Freeway just west of La Cadena Drive around 7:40 p.m., according to California Highway Patrol incident logs.
- PUB DATE: 1/16/2019 5:55:13 PM - SOURCE: KTLA-TV WB 5 Los Angeles
Posted on Thu, 17 Jan 2019 01:55:13 GMT

Ravaged By The Camp Fire, Butte County Sues PG&E
The Northern California county where a deadly wildfire killed 86 people last year sued Pacific Gas & Electric Co. on Tuesday, a day after the utility announced it will file for bankruptcy. Butte County’s lawsuit blames the utility for the wildfire that sparked Nov. 8 and “effectively eradicated” the city of Paradise, California, population 27,000.
- PUB DATE: 1/15/2019 8:57:09 PM - SOURCE: KOVR-TV CBS Sacramento
Posted on Wed, 16 Jan 2019 04:57:09 GMT

San Bernardino County fire chief leaving for Santa Barbara
Mark Hartwig remembers working his way through college as a zoology student studying the mating habits of the white-headed woodpecker. He paid for school by working as an emergency medical technician. One day in Wrightwood, Hartwig saw the fire station there and volunteered. That marked the end of his journey toward becoming a doctor and the true beginning of a long firefighting career.
- PUB DATE: 1/16/2019 7:00:48 AM - SOURCE: Redlands Daily Facts - Metered Site
Posted on Wed, 16 Jan 2019 15:00:48 GMT

Redding Firefighters will soon carry 'Narcan' in response to drug-related calls
Police have geared their duty belts with Narcan, the life saving overdose drug, but with drug related calls on the rise, firefighters in Redding will start using it as well. At least 60 percent of the calls firefighters with the Redding Fire Department respond to are medical. Out of those, Redding Fire Chief Cullen Kreider says they respond to a drug related call at least once a day which is why firefighters will soon begin carrying Narcan.
- PUB DATE: 1/16/2019 5:02:37 AM - SOURCE: KRCR-TV ABC 7 & KCVU-TV Fox 20
Posted on Wed, 16 Jan 2019 13:02:37 GMT

5 Injured In Early Morning San Francisco Fire
Five people were injured early Wednesday when a two-alarm fire damaged two homes in a San Francisco neighborhood, authorities said. According to San Francisco Fire Department Lt. Jonathan Baxter the blaze in the 70 block of Liebig Street was reported at 12:18 a.m. The fire was first reported around 12:18 a.
- PUB DATE: 1/16/2019 5:52:35 AM - SOURCE: KPIX-TV CBS 5 San Francisco
Posted on Wed, 16 Jan 2019 13:52:35 GMT

San Bernardino firefighters respond to 19-vehicle crash on 15 Freeway in Cajon Pass
San Bernardino County firefighters were responding Wednesday morning to a 19-vehicle crash on the 15 Freeway in the Cajon Pass that left 35 people injured and prompted the closure of all southbound lanes, authorities said. The chain-reaction pileup occurred about 9:30 a.m. at Oak Hill Road and left most of the victims with moderate to minor injuries, according to the county fire department, which was performing triage at the crash site.
- PUB DATE: 1/16/2019 10:41:27 AM - SOURCE: KABC-TV ABC 7 Los Angeles
Posted on Wed, 16 Jan 2019 18:41:27 GMT

Stanislaus Consolidated seeks stability with new chief after shaky recent history
The Stanislaus Consolidated Fire Protection District board has promoted an in-house candidate as the permanent fire chief. The district board gave the job to former Capt. Michael Whorton after more than two dozen candidates were considered. A two-year employment contract with Whorton was approved on a 5-0 vote Thursday.
- PUB DATE: 1/15/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Modesto Bee
Posted on Tue, 15 Jan 2019 08:00:00 GMT

Suspect shot after 2 women stabbed in Vacaville house fire
Police in Vacaville say a suspect was shot and a K-9 officer was injured after two women were found stabbed when firefighters and police responded to a house fire. The Vacaville Fire Department treated two stabbing victims and a burn victim who were transported to a hospital in the area. Firefighters eventually contained the fire at the single story home.
- PUB DATE: 1/15/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KGO
Posted on Tue, 15 Jan 2019 08:00:00 GMT

Destruction of Paradise fire spurs rush to build fuel breaks
If a fire races toward a cluster of homes in this rural community on a ridge overlooking the Pacific, this is what it will confront: a 50-foot-wide swath of cleared undergrowth that will rob the approaching flames of fuel. Alarmed by California’s growing number of lethal conflagrations, residents here are building a network of roughly 25 miles of “fuel breaks” along Bonny Doon’s scenic winding roads, fields and forests.
- PUB DATE: 1/15/2019 7:13:26 AM - SOURCE: San Jose Mercury News - Metered Site
Posted on Tue, 15 Jan 2019 15:13:26 GMT

Shasta County: Man arrested after refusing commands, delaying firefighters' response to house fire
A man was arrested Sunday after the Shasta County Sheriff's Office says he refused commands from deputies and delayed firefighters from extinguishing the fire that engulfed his home and threatened nearby homes. Deputies said at approximately 9:00 a.m., SHASCOM received a call from a man, later identified as Randy Fisher, 53, saying he was armed with a 357 magnum pistol and was shooting it off.
- PUB DATE: 1/15/2019 5:10:45 AM - SOURCE: KRCR-TV ABC 7 & KCVU-TV Fox 20
Posted on Tue, 15 Jan 2019 13:10:45 GMT

Fire destroys only funeral home on the Mendocino Coast
The only funeral home on the Mendocino Coast was destroyed after a two-alarm fire started on the second story of the historic Fort Bragg building that houses Chapel by the Sea. Dispatchers received the first report of smoke at the 6,800-square-foot red brick fronted structure at approximately 1:47 p.
- PUB DATE: 1/15/2019 2:53:06 AM - SOURCE: Santa Rosa Press Democrat
Posted on Tue, 15 Jan 2019 10:53:06 GMT

Heavy rain in California could cause mudslides and flooding in wildfire-scarred areas
Thousands of people in fire devastated areas of California are under evacuation orders as a series of storms is expected to bring heavy rain, extreme winds and deep snow through the week. The rain could lead to mudflows and flooding in areas burned by wildfires last year. A mudslide forced the temporary closure of a section of the Pacific Coast Highway Monday, while some schools will be closed Tuesday in anticipation of heavy rain.
- PUB DATE: 1/15/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: CNN
Posted on Tue, 15 Jan 2019 08:00:00 GMT

1 Dead in 2-Alarm Blaze at San Jose Apartment Building
One person died in a fire at an apartment complex in East San Jose on Monday morning, a fire captain said. The fire was reported around 6:50 a.m. at the building at 1310 Foxdale Loop near Capitol Expressway. Firefighters called for a second alarm because of the size of the building and reports that someone may be missing or trapped inside, San Jose Fire Capt.
- PUB DATE: 1/14/2019 8:48:27 AM - SOURCE: NBC Bay Area
Posted on Mon, 14 Jan 2019 16:48:27 GMT

Arson fire destroys up to 7 vehicles in Ontario hotel parking lot; man arrested
An arson-set fire targeting one car early Sunday morning in an Ontario hotel parking lot spread to other vehicles, with as many as seven burned, authorities said. No injuries were reported from the blaze in the parking lot near the Azure Hotel & Suites at 1945 E. Holt Blvd. from the fire, called in at 1:50 a.
- PUB DATE: 1/14/2019 4:50:36 AM - SOURCE: Ontario Inland Valley Bulletin
Posted on Mon, 14 Jan 2019 12:50:36 GMT

VIDEO: 'I'm still trying to process everything.' Davis Fire Chief says it's an emotional time
Physically, the Chief says the department is fine. But he is concerned about the "long-term ramifications of what happened the night that Davis Police Officer Natalie Corona was attacked. "We're just here to support the police department, to support the community," the Chief said, emotion in his voice.
- PUB DATE: 1/12/2019 7:39:29 PM - SOURCE: ABC News 10
Posted on Sun, 13 Jan 2019 03:39:29 GMT

PG&E to file for Chapter 11 bankruptcy, CEO resigns
PG&E announced Monday morning that it is preparing to file Chapter 11 Bankruptcy as it deals with lawsuits following devastating wildfires in 2017 and 2018. The announcement comes one day after the utility's CEO resigned. In a statement, PG&E said: "The company does not expect any impact to electric or natural gas service for its customers as a result of the Chapter 11 process.
- PUB DATE: 1/14/2019 5:05:17 AM - SOURCE: KGO-TV ABC 7 San Francisco
Posted on Mon, 14 Jan 2019 13:05:17 GMT

South Lake Tahoe Home Burns In Reported Drug Explosion
Police say a marijuana honey oil lab explosion nearly destroyed a house in South Lake Tahoe. Firefighters arrived at the home on Kyburz Avenue to find it fully engulfed in flames. They say as they were fighting it, butane cans inside the home exploded, shooting the flaming cans towards nearby residential structures.
- PUB DATE: 1/12/2019 4:00:38 PM - SOURCE: KOVR-TV CBS Sacramento
Posted on Sun, 13 Jan 2019 00:00:38 GMT

GoatFundMe: Nevada City Wants To Prevent Wildfires With the Help Of Goats
It’s a first for Nevada City: a Goat Fund Me page. City leaders hope to rent goats to graze overgrown areas in the city. The goal is to cut down on dry brush to prevent fires. “As soon as we said “GoFundMe, everyone responded GoatFundMe!” said Reinette Senum, Vice Mayor of Nevada City. In Nevada City, the biggest need is getting rid of bushes, bark and blackberries.
- PUB DATE: 1/14/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: CBS 13 Sacramento
Posted on Mon, 14 Jan 2019 08:00:00 GMT

Shift Captain Hoover ends last shift after 22 years in Maricopa
It’s the end of an era in Maricopa. Chris Hoover is retiring after more than two decades as a captain at Kern County Fire Department Station 22. He spent the last day of a 34-year career with the KCFD on Jan. 4 working with engineer Felix Lesaca, his partner for the last 14 years. Hoover has been the B shift captain in Maricopa for 22 years, and he’s going to miss the people he got to know there.
- PUB DATE: 1/11/2019 1:46:17 AM - SOURCE: Taft Midway Driller
Posted on Fri, 11 Jan 2019 09:46:17 GMT

Santa Ana man accused of setting fire to neighbor's property
Police in Santa Ana arrested a man suspected of starting a fire at his neighbor's property using a Molotov cocktail-style device. Danny Noriega, 61, of Santa Ana now faces arson charges stemming from an incident that occurred on Dec. 15, 2018, at a home in the 2700 block of W. Maywood Avenue. Police say the resident at the home looked outside after hearing a loud noise and saw a small fire near his parked car.
- PUB DATE: 1/11/2019 4:17:29 AM - SOURCE: KTTV-TV MyFox 11 Los Angeles
Posted on Fri, 11 Jan 2019 12:17:29 GMT

House sprinkler, firefighters quick response help keep vehicle fire from spreading to Redding home
A sprinkler inside a garage and firefighters quick response helped keep a vehicle fire from spreading beyond the garage Thursday morning. According to the Redding Fire Department, firefighters responded to a vehicle fire that was spreading into the garage of a home located at 2991 Sinaloa Trail off Hartnell Avenue around 4:40 a.
- PUB DATE: 1/10/2019 1:12:11 PM - SOURCE: KRCR-TV ABC 7 & KCVU-TV Fox 20
Posted on Thu, 10 Jan 2019 21:12:11 GMT

Firefighter Proposes to His Girlfriend After Faking Blaze at Their House
VIDEO - A California firefighter wanted to prove nothing burns brighter than the love he has for his girlfriend, and he faked a blaze to prove it. Maddison Ridgik, 30, of Ventura, didn't seem impressed when her firefighter boyfriend, Zach Steele, 30, faked a fire in their attic that included smoke coming out of the windows of their home.
- PUB DATE: 1/10/2019 3:47:58 PM - SOURCE: KFMB-TV CBS 8 San Diego
Posted on Thu, 10 Jan 2019 23:47:58 GMT

PG&E suffers fresh downgrade, wildfire liability estimated to be “at least” $15 billion
PG&E shares tumbled again on Friday as investors pondered an estimate that the embattled utility’s wildfire-related liabilities for the fiery devastation of 2017 and 2018 total “at least” $15 billion, according to a Wall Street firm that has downgraded PG&E’s credit rating to junk status. “Extraordinary intervention” for PG&E may be needed from state lawmakers and regulators to help it avoid bankruptcy, according to the Moody’s assessment.
- PUB DATE: 1/11/2019 10:47:01 AM - SOURCE: East Bay Times
Posted on Fri, 11 Jan 2019 18:47:01 GMT

Judge Proposes Ordering PG&E to Shut Off Power During Certain Conditions to Help Prevent Wildfires
To prevent wildfires, Pacific Gas & Electric Co. should re-inspect its entire electric grid and cut off power during certain wind conditions regardless of the inconvenience to customers or loss of profit, a U.S. judge proposed Wednesday. Judge William Alsup said in a court order his goal was to prevent the utility from causing any wildfires in the 2019 fire season.
- PUB DATE: 1/10/2019 8:36:59 AM - SOURCE: KTLA-TV WB 5 Los Angeles
Posted on Thu, 10 Jan 2019 16:36:59 GMT

CHP tries to ID woman driving stolen Truckee Fire Protection District vehicle that crashed
The California Highway Patrol is still trying to identify the woman who was allegedly driving a stolen Truckee Fire Protection District Ford Expedition when it crashed head on into another vehicle Monday, closing California 89. Someone stole the Ford Monday as the keys were in the vehicle in Truckee, the California Highway Patrol reported.
- PUB DATE: 1/10/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KOLO-TV ABC 8
Posted on Thu, 10 Jan 2019 08:00:00 GMT

Former Morro Bay Fire captain fighting to get his job back
A former Morro Bay Fire captain is fighting to get his job back after being fired, he says, for rescuing a seagull tangled in some power lines. “I was literally, was shocked,” said former Morro Bay Fire Captain/Paramedic Todd Gailey. “I honestly could not believe it.” Gailey was let go from Morro Bay Fire Department on Dec.
- PUB DATE: 1/9/2019 2:03:39 PM - SOURCE: Cal Coast News
Posted on Wed, 09 Jan 2019 22:03:39 GMT

Contra Costa County EMS Chief Arrested For Possessing Narcotics
On Tuesday, Contra Costa County Fire Protection District confirmed an arrest of district employee Richard Stephenson being arrested by Martinez Police on Sunday morning and being charged with alleged violations of being in possession of controlled substances. The District placed Stephenson on administrative leave as they launched an internal investigation.
- PUB DATE: 1/9/2019 9:56:37 AM - SOURCE: East County Today
Posted on Wed, 09 Jan 2019 17:56:37 GMT

South Lake Tahoe firefighter is reportedly attacked in attempted carjacking
A man was arrested after he allegedly picked a fight with an off-duty firefighter and tried high-jacking his car with his son still inside, according to the South Lake Tahoe Police Department. Jacob Lewis, 27, was arrested on charges including attempted carjacking and kidnapping and battery. The incident was reported at about 5 p.
- PUB DATE: 1/10/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Reno Gazette Journal
Posted on Thu, 10 Jan 2019 08:00:00 GMT

Retired Santa Barbara Firefighter Incorporates Fire Hoses into Flag Artwork
Inside the Santa Barbara Courthouse, a 7-by-9-foot American flag made from fire hoses stands tall, created to honor the actions of first responders assigned to last year's Thomas Fire and debris flows. Retired Santa Barbara City firefighter John Carrillo came up with the idea after seeing items online that were built from fire hose material.
- PUB DATE: 1/9/2019 3:52:03 PM - SOURCE: Noozhawk
Posted on Wed, 09 Jan 2019 23:52:03 GMT

President Trump threatens to cut off FEMA funding for California wildfires
President Donald Trump is threatening to withhold Federal Emergency Management Agency money to help California cope with wildfires if the state doesn't improve its forest management practices. "Billions of dollars are sent to the State of California for Forrest fires that, with proper Forrest Management, would never happen," Trump initially tweeted.
- PUB DATE: 1/9/2019 8:45:49 AM - SOURCE: KABC-TV ABC 7
Posted on Wed, 09 Jan 2019 16:45:49 GMT

Insurer: Camp Fire Was Costliest Natural Disaster In 2018
German insurance company Munich Re says the Northern California wildfire that killed dozens of people and burned down the town of Paradise was the world’s costliest single natural disaster in 2018. The reinsurance giant said on Tuesday that the November fire caused overall losses of $16.5 billion. The company said some $12.
- PUB DATE: 1/8/2019 2:02:59 PM - SOURCE: KOVR-TV CBS Sacramento
Posted on Tue, 08 Jan 2019 22:02:59 GMT

Governor Newsom Proposes Wildfire Investments, 911 Fee
California Gov. Gavin Newsom on Tuesday pledged fresh investments to prevent, fight and escape wildfires, including millions to help local governments improve their communication during emergencies and a fee to fund an update for the state’s 911 system. At a fire station in the fire-prone Sierra Nevada foothills, Newsom outlined $105 million in new fire-related spending on top of $200 million approved by lawmakers last year.
- PUB DATE: 1/8/2019 7:46:55 PM - SOURCE: KOVR-TV CBS Sacramento
Posted on Wed, 09 Jan 2019 03:46:55 GMT

Cal Fire Shasta-Trinity Unit announces appointment of new fire chief
Tuesday, during the Shasta County Board of Supervisors meeting, Bret Gouvea was appointed as the Fire Warden and Chief of the Cal Fire Shasta-Trinity Unit/Shasta County Fire Department. Gouvea is replacing Mike Hebrard, who promoted to Northern Region as Assistant Region Chief on December 1, 2018. Chief Gouvea started his career with Cal Fire in 1990 as a firefighter in the Shasta-Trinity Unit.
- PUB DATE: 1/8/2019 1:43:48 PM - SOURCE: KRCR-TV ABC 7 & KCVU-TV Fox 20
Posted on Tue, 08 Jan 2019 21:43:48 GMT

2 Burned, Firefighter Injured In Carson House Fire
Two people were burned in a house fire in Carson early Wednesday. The fire broke out just after 3 a.m. on Panama Avenue, north of Sepulveda Boulevard. Firefighters got a handle on the flames within the hour. Two adults, both about 50 years old, suffered burns to their arms and were taken to a hospital, according to the Los Angeles County Fire Department.
- PUB DATE: 1/9/2019 9:25:21 AM - SOURCE: KCAL-TV Los Angeles
Posted on Wed, 09 Jan 2019 17:25:21 GMT

Moraga-Orinda Fire District and ConFire promote new operations chiefs
Two veteran firefighters will run the operations divisions of the Lamorinda fire agencies in 2019, both men having been promoted in the fourth quarter of last year. Matt Nichols took over as battalion chief, operations division, of the Moraga-Orinda Fire District in October. "I never really aspired to be where I am today," said the 12-year district veteran, who appeared quite at ease in the role he never aspired to.
- PUB DATE: 1/9/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: La Morinda Weekly
Posted on Wed, 09 Jan 2019 08:00:00 GMT

Chula Vista Fire Department Praises Measure A For Increased Staffing, Shortened Response Times
The city of Chula Vista is touting the success of Measure A and the firefighters the measure helped hire. According to Chula Vista Fire Department Chief Jim Geering, the city hired 12 firefighters in 2018 with money promised by the measure that raised the sales tax in the city by half of a cent. With the added help, response times are down and the city is already looking at more firefighters in the future.
- PUB DATE: 1/7/2019 6:50:16 PM - SOURCE: KNSD-TV NBC San Diego
Posted on Tue, 08 Jan 2019 02:50:16 GMT

Menlo Park Fire expands emergency services east of Highway 101
After 12 years of effort, the Menlo Park Fire Protection District held two dedication ceremonies at its Fire Stations in East Palo Alto and Menlo Park to celebrate the addition and doubling of staffing and response units to create what it categorizes as “an effectively sized and capable fire force.” The eastern side of the Fire District (from Highway 101 to the Bay) includes the majority of the City of East Palo Alto and City of Menlo Park’s Belle Haven residential neighborhoods, M2 commercial and industrial areas.
- PUB DATE: 1/7/2019 8:38:42 PM - SOURCE: InMenlo
Posted on Tue, 08 Jan 2019 04:38:42 GMT

Disabled man pulled from burning home in Empire dies
Firefighters pulled a disabled man from a burning mobile home Monday but he was pronounced dead a short time later. The fire broke out at about 8:20 a.m. at the Breezewood Mobile Home Park on Santa Fe Avenue in Empire, said Stanislaus Consolidated Fire Protection District Battalion Chief Kevin Wise.
- PUB DATE: 1/7/2019 5:25:05 PM - SOURCE: Modesto Bee
Posted on Tue, 08 Jan 2019 01:25:05 GMT

Empty school buses burn in Van Nuys recycling fire
Firefighters put down a stubborn fire Sunday involving some combustible pallets, baled goods and rubbish outside a recycling facility in Van Nuys, which extended into an adjacent bus storage yard and destroyed six empty school buses. There was no structural damage, and no injuries were reported, according to Brian Humphrey of the Los Angeles Fire Department.
- PUB DATE: 1/7/2019 3:04:18 PM - SOURCE: Los Angeles Daily News
Posted on Mon, 07 Jan 2019 23:04:18 GMT

Arson investigators respond to scene of fire at Extra Storage in Valencia
Dozens of firefighters swarmed to storage facility Extra Storage in Valencia to combat a structure fire Monday evening. “Crews are still working on the fire,” Michael Pittman, a dispatch supervisor with the Los Angeles County Fire Department, said at 7:17 p.m. Just before 7:30 p.m. crews on the scene declared a knockdown of the fire.
- PUB DATE: 1/7/2019 8:44:52 PM - SOURCE: Santa Clarita Valley Signal
Posted on Tue, 08 Jan 2019 04:44:52 GMT

Orange County Firefighter Flies On Mountain Bike
If you are hiking in Laguna Canyon and hear "rider on your right!" be sure to get out of the way, quick. Mountain Biker and Huntington Beach Firefighter Wes Peebles was recently named "one of the fastest non-professional downhill riders" you'll see in southern California, and these are his home trails.
- PUB DATE: 1/7/2019 1:18:40 PM - SOURCE: La Canada Flintridge
Posted on Mon, 07 Jan 2019 21:18:40 GMT

Marin firefighters uneasy about state’s risk maps
State firefighters are taking on the colossal task this year of updating maps that highlight the most fire-prone areas in California. Fire officials in Marin say the maps, last updated more than a decade ago, are a helpful planning resource. But in California’s current climate, some say, those projections aren’t as relevant as they once were — the whole state is susceptible to flames.
- PUB DATE: 1/6/2019 4:54:21 PM - SOURCE: Marin Independent Journal
Posted on Mon, 07 Jan 2019 00:54:21 GMT

Follow Up: Search for new San Francisco fire chief hits bump — firefighters want more local candidates
At the request of Mayor London Breed, the San Francisco Fire Commission is reopening its selection process for a new chief, after the firefighters union raised concerns that the number of in-house candidates with long firefighting experience was insufficient. According to Fire Commission President Ken Cleveland, the Human Resources Department forwarded 36 candidates to the commission, along with their answers to eight pages of questions on everything from management and budget issues to emergency medical and high rise fire procedures.
- PUB DATE: 1/6/2019 6:46:30 AM - SOURCE: SF Gate: San Francisco Chronicle
Posted on Sun, 06 Jan 2019 14:46:30 GMT

Firefighters' fateful choices: How the Woolsey fire became an unstoppable monster
It was clear from the beginning that the Woolsey fire had the potential to be a monster. It broke out mid-afternoon Nov. 8 on Boeing property near the Santa Susana Pass, fueled by strengthening winds and burning toward populated areas. But during the critical first hours, the Woolsey fire took second priority.
- PUB DATE: 1/6/2019 8:26:45 AM - SOURCE: Glendale News-Press
Posted on Sun, 06 Jan 2019 16:26:45 GMT

Body Discovered in Burning Trashcan on South Los Angeles Street
Police are investigating after a body was discovered inside a burning trashcan in South Los Angeles Monday morning. Officers noticed the fire while patrolling near West 82nd Street and South Grand Avenue at about 3 a.m., Los Angeles Police Department Commanding Officer Billy Brockway said. They were attempting to douse the flames with a fire extinguisher when they saw what appeared to be a body inside the trashcan and called for assistance from firefighters, Brockway said.
- PUB DATE: 1/7/2019 7:17:31 AM - SOURCE: KTLA-TV WB 5 Los Angeles
Posted on Mon, 07 Jan 2019 15:17:31 GMT

UCSD reaches deal with San Diego for on-campus fire station
UC San Diego officials have reached a deal with the city to build an on-campus fire station that will serve the growing university and surrounding neighborhoods, where emergency response times have been poor. The University of California San Diego will provide the city $20.6 million and a piece of land for the new station on the east side of North Torrey Pines Road at Northpoint Driveway, just south of Genesee Avenue.
- PUB DATE: 1/4/2019 3:01:26 PM - SOURCE: San Diego Union-Tribune
Posted on Fri, 04 Jan 2019 23:01:26 GMT

3 dead, 4 injured in Southern California bowling alley shooting
Wes Hamad was at Gable House Bowl with his 13-year-old niece and cousin late Friday night when he saw a “huge fight” break out. The brawl, lasting about five minutes, blocked the entrance and devolved into “complete chaos,” he said. “I grabbed my niece and started running towards the far end of the bowling alley,” said Hamad, 29.
- PUB DATE: 1/5/2019 6:03:30 PM - SOURCE: Vallejo Times-Herald
Posted on Sun, 06 Jan 2019 02:03:30 GMT

Longtime Petaluma Battalion Chief Jeff Holden retires
Jeff Holden’s last service call as a Petaluma firefighter was for a malfunctioning heater that filled a young family’s home with smoke. After returning to the station around 6 a.m. on Friday, Holden, 54, a Battalion Chief for the Petaluma Fire Department, cleaned out his office and, a few hours later, clocked out for the final time, ending a 33-year career as a first responder in Sonoma County.
- PUB DATE: 1/4/2019 9:18:12 AM - SOURCE: Petaluma360 & Petaluma Argus Courier
Posted on Fri, 04 Jan 2019 17:18:12 GMT

Insurers Sue PG&E Over Camp Fire Damages
Several insurance companies have filed lawsuits blaming Pacific Gas & Electric Co. for a deadly California wildfire that destroyed 14,000 homes and triggered billions of dollars in insurance claims. The lawsuits filed by Allstate, State Farm, USAA and their subsidiaries come on top of several other cases filed by victims of the Camp Fire, which devastated the towns of Paradise, Magalia and Concow north of Sacramento after it started Nov.
- PUB DATE: 1/3/2019 8:21:20 PM - SOURCE: KOVR-TV CBS Sacramento
Posted on Fri, 04 Jan 2019 04:21:20 GMT

Couple Climbs Out Second-Floor Window of Garden Grove Apartment to Escape Fire
A couple climbed out a second-floor window Thursday morning when heavy smoke and rising flames blocked their escape through the hallway of a burning Garden Grove apartment building. The fire, which killed six cats, broke out at about 3 a.m. in the 13300 block of El Prado Avenue in Garden Grove. Details about a cause were not immediately available, but the fire appeared to start in a lower-level unit.
- PUB DATE: 1/3/2019 12:02:30 PM - SOURCE: KNBC-TV NBC 4 Los Angeles
Posted on Thu, 03 Jan 2019 20:02:30 GMT

Column: San Francisco Firefighters Union says experienced firefighters knocked out of running for fire chief job
Should the next fire chief be one of San Francisco’s top firefighters? The firefighters union seems to think so, but alleges in a letter to the Fire Commission that the Fire Department’s “most experienced field suppression chiefs” were knocked out of the running for fire chief. San Francisco Firefighters Local 798 president-elect Shon Buford wrote that local firefighters with the most experience in the field — those who have actually fought fires — had their job applications tossed out before any interviews were even held.
- PUB DATE: 1/4/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: San Francisco Examiner
Posted on Fri, 04 Jan 2019 08:00:00 GMT

Trash Can Fires Spark Concern In Santa Monica
A possible pyromaniac is on the loose in Santa Monica. Police have had at least 15 trash fires close to people’s homes in the past two weeks. A scared Santa Monica resident recorded one of the dumpster fires near her home in the 1100 block of 12th Street. She and others believe the fire was intentionally set.
- PUB DATE: 1/3/2019 10:58:50 PM - SOURCE: KCAL-TV Los Angeles
Posted on Fri, 04 Jan 2019 06:58:50 GMT

Fire burns Santa Maria furniture store and steakhouse
Santa Maria firefighters were investigating the cause of a two-alarm structure fire that burned a popular restaurant and a furniture store Thursday morning. At approximately 6 a.m., personnel from the Santa Maria Fire Department and Santa Maria Police Department responded to the 700 block of South Broadway and found a fire in an alley behind Sergio’s Furniture building, Fire Chief Leonard Champion said.
- PUB DATE: 1/3/2019 5:02:00 PM - SOURCE: San Luis Obispo County Tribune
Posted on Fri, 04 Jan 2019 01:02:00 GMT

Fresno Fire captain retires after 28 years
The Fresno Fire Department is celebrating a fire captain during his last day on the job. Capt. Rudy Guadiana retired Wednesday after 28 years of service. For a decade before that, he was responding to calls with the North Central Fire Protection District. Guadiana decided to become a firefighter after attending a career day, and he says it's the best decision he's ever made.
- PUB DATE: 1/2/2019 8:47:27 PM - SOURCE: KGPE-TV CBS 47 Fresno
Posted on Thu, 03 Jan 2019 04:47:27 GMT

Man's Arraignment Delayed in Crash That Killed Costa Mesa fire captain
A man facing second-degree murder and DUI charges in the death of an off-duty Costa Mesa fire captain, who was struck and killed while bicycling in Mission Viejo, appeared in court Wednesday with a new attorney but did not enter a plea. Arraignment for Stephen Taylor Scarpa, 25, of Mission Viejo, was rescheduled for Jan.
- PUB DATE: 1/2/2019 4:44:12 PM - SOURCE: KNBC-TV NBC 4 Los Angeles
Posted on Thu, 03 Jan 2019 00:44:12 GMT

Ghost Ship prosecutors: Defense call for citizen arrest ‘unprecedented’
Prosecutors in the Oakland Ghost Ship trial fired back after the defense team called for the citizens’ arrest and prosecution of 14 people not charged in the deadly fire, calling the defense’s demands “unprecedented.” “They would place the Court in the role of prosecuting authority,” Deputy District Attorney Autrey James argued in a Dec.
- PUB DATE: 1/2/2019 5:44:04 PM - SOURCE: SF Gate: San Francisco Chronicle
Posted on Thu, 03 Jan 2019 01:44:04 GMT

Beauty Among The Ashes: Man paints mural on charred fireplace in Paradise
Finding beauty in the ashes; that's exactly what Shane Edwards and his friend Shane Grammar did after Edwards lost his home to the Camp Fire that ignited in Butte County on November 8. Edwards lived on Clark Road in Paradise and lost everything in the Camp Fire. He doesn't have insurance but through it all he says he continues to have faith.
- PUB DATE: 1/2/2019 3:16:43 PM - SOURCE: KRCR-TV ABC 7 & KCVU-TV Fox 20
Posted on Wed, 02 Jan 2019 23:16:43 GMT

Fire service levels and funding mechanisms still being explored in Big Bear
Big Bear has grown and with the growth comes an increasing demand on the Valley’s infrastructure. That includes the community’s fire department. Maintaining an adequate level of service requires change, and change comes with a price tag. Big Bear Fire Chief Jeff Willis, along with members of the department, spent the better part of 2018 reaching out to the Big Bear community to determine what level of service the community desires.
- PUB DATE: 1/2/2019 1:00:17 PM - SOURCE: Big Bear Grizzly (Grizzly Weekender)
Posted on Wed, 02 Jan 2019 21:00:17 GMT

PG&E points again to private equipment as cause of Tubbs fire
In newly filed court documents this week, PG&E has again pressed its case that private power equipment outside of Calistoga may have caused the Tubbs fire, the most destructive and deadly of the 2017 North Bay wildfires. The filing builds on an explanation PG&E first offered last year for the cause of the Tubbs fire, naming the landowner of the utility suspects responsible for causing the blaze and singling out a caretaker who PG&E said was not licensed for electrical work done on the property, including repairs to a power pole about eight months before the fire.
- PUB DATE: 1/2/2019 9:09:53 PM - SOURCE: Santa Rosa Press Democrat
Posted on Thu, 03 Jan 2019 05:09:53 GMT

Stockton firefighters save two people from fire in downtown building
Stockton firefighters rescued two people from an early morning fire at an abandoned building in downtown. About 2:30 a.m. Tuesday, Stockton police officers saw smoke coming from a vacant three-story building in the 600 block of North Center Street, police reported. The officers also could see flames inside.
- PUB DATE: 1/1/2019 5:44:55 PM - SOURCE: Stockton Record
Posted on Wed, 02 Jan 2019 01:44:55 GMT

L.A. County and Malibu will study the Woolsey wildfire response in a new era of threat
The city of Malibu and the county of Los Angeles will begin examining the response to and recovery from the Woolsey fire, the fast-moving and most destructive wildfire in recent Southern California history. Citing the “new era of threat from wildfires,” the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors voted unanimously last month to convene a panel to review the cause of the Woolsey fire, the deployment of firefighters, evacuation procedures and the communication among first responders, police and municipalities.
- PUB DATE: 1/2/2019 7:33:04 AM - SOURCE: San Diego Union-Tribune
Posted on Wed, 02 Jan 2019 15:33:04 GMT

Cal Fire engineer riding cross-country to honor fallen firefighter
A San Diego Cal Fire Firefighter kicked off his "Ride into the Light" on the first day of the year, to honor his fallen colleague Cory Iverson. Iverson died in December 2017 while battling the Thomas Fire in Ventura County. Firefighter Thomas Pittman took off from Imperial Beach early New Year's Day and will ride to Jacksonville Beach, Florida.
- PUB DATE: 1/1/2019 5:40:03 PM - SOURCE: KGTV-TV ABC 10 San Diego
Posted on Wed, 02 Jan 2019 01:40:03 GMT

Two 'Critical Victims' Rescued From Building Fire in San Francisco
Two "critical victims" were rescued from a building fire in San Francisco Wednesday morning. One victim was rescued by a construction worker and another was rescued by firefighters from the second floor of a building near 25th Street and Connecticut Street, according to San Francisco fire officials.
- PUB DATE: 1/2/2019 9:38:45 AM - SOURCE: KNTV-TV NBC 11 Bay Area
Posted on Wed, 02 Jan 2019 17:38:45 GMT

2 arrested in theft of trailers for California fire victims
Police in Northern California say two men were arrested following the theft of two trailers intended for victims of the deadly wildfire that destroyed the town of Paradise. Police in Redding were called by a resident of a mobile home park who awoke to the sound of scraping metal and saw a trailer being towed off the property.
- PUB DATE: 1/1/2019 6:47:51 PM - SOURCE: KRCR-TV ABC 7 & KCVU-TV Fox 20
Posted on Wed, 02 Jan 2019 02:47:51 GMT

2 found dead in 'suspicious' house fire in Santa Ana; homicide investigators respond
Two people were found dead inside a Santa Ana home Tuesday morning after a fire that was later deemed suspicious, authorities said. Firefighters responded shortly after 10:30 a.m. to a house in the 2300 block of West Manly Avenue, where flames spread to the attic. Firefighters contained the blaze to the second floor of the structure, a spokesperson for the Orange County Fire Authority said.
- PUB DATE: 1/1/2019 5:10:12 PM - SOURCE: KABC-TV ABC 7 Los Angeles
Posted on Wed, 02 Jan 2019 01:10:12 GMT

PG&E could face murder charges for California wildfires
California’s attorney general has told a federal judge that Pacific Gas & Electric Co. could face charges up to murder if investigators find reckless operation of power equipment caused any deadly wildfires in the past two years. The brief from the office of Attorney General Xavier Becerra is purely advisory, and any criminal charges would most likely be filed by county district attorneys, not the state, the Sacramento Bee reported.
- PUB DATE: 12/30/2018 6:53:11 PM - SOURCE: Santa Rosa Press Democrat
Posted on Mon, 31 Dec 2018 02:53:11 GMT

2 Killed When Flames Spread To Mobile Home In Hemet
A fire ripped through a mobile home in Hemet, killing two people over the weekend. The fire Saturday night was initially reported as a car on fire in the 1600 block of W. Johnston Avenue. By the time firefighters had arrived on scene, flames had spread to a nearby mobile home. One victim was found in the home.
- PUB DATE: 12/30/2018 9:34:40 AM - SOURCE: KCAL-TV Los Angeles
Posted on Sun, 30 Dec 2018 17:34:40 GMT

Merced County: Large fire erupts at Hilmar Cheese Company, $2M in losses reported
A large fire broke out Saturday at a plant operated by Hilmar Cheese Company — a business in Merced County that’s one of the largest cheese producers in the state. The fire erupted around noon and took firefighters nearly two hours to put out. The fire ignited inside one of the company’s three cheese plants.
- PUB DATE: 12/29/2018 5:00:50 PM - SOURCE: Merced Sun-Star
Posted on Sun, 30 Dec 2018 01:00:50 GMT

Bomb Squad Responds After Package With ‘Poison’ Label Left at San Diego's North Park Fire Station
A cardboard box wrapped in duct tape and amateurishly labeled "poison" prompted a bomb squad response at a North Park fire station, though the package turned out to be harmless. The San Diego Fire-Rescue Department noted they have seen an increase in these prank packages, like the one left by the front door of their Station 14 on 32nd Street on Sunday.
- PUB DATE: 12/31/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: NBC San Diego
Posted on Mon, 31 Dec 2018 08:00:00 GMT

Person Trapped Underneath Vehicle Dies At North Hollywood Business
Firefighters responded early Monday to an incident at an automotive business that left one person dead. The Los Angeles Fire Department says its first responders were able to pull the victim from underneath the vehicle that had fallen from a floor jack. They found that the victim was “beyond help” and declared that person dead at the scene.
- PUB DATE: 12/31/2018 9:36:00 AM - SOURCE: KCAL-TV Los Angeles
Posted on Mon, 31 Dec 2018 17:36:00 GMT

Business owners say San Luis Obispo firefighters burned down store; filing lawsuit for $5 million
The owners of The Sub and and an adjoining business, which were destroyed in a 2015 fire, are suing the city of San Luis Obispo for more than $5 million, claiming that firefighters’ methods used to combat the blaze were “tantamount to arson.” The lawsuit, filed Monday in San Luis Obispo Superior Court, alleges the Fire Department purposefully burned down the structure rather than put firefighters in harm’s way, and that city administration turns a blind eye to the department’s alleged “unwritten policies” of letting buildings burn.
- PUB DATE: 12/27/2018 10:21:42 PM - SOURCE: San Luis Obispo County Tribune
Posted on Fri, 28 Dec 2018 06:21:42 GMT

Fire rips through commercial structure south of downtown Los Angeles
A fire ripped through a commercial building in the Central-Alameda area south of downtown Los Angeles early Friday morning. The blaze broke out around 5:30 a.m. on East 41st Street near South Alameda Street. The fire was seen bursting through the roof of the 5,000-square foot building. Fire officials reported a partial roof collapse shortly after 6 a.
- PUB DATE: 12/28/2018 8:29:07 AM - SOURCE: KABC-TV ABC 7 Los Angeles
Posted on Fri, 28 Dec 2018 16:29:07 GMT

Former Valley Center Fire Protection District manager, John Byrne dies
John H. Byrne, who was the administrator of the Valley Center Fire Protection District from February of 2007-June 30, 2017, has died. Byrne was in charge of the legal and financial aspects of the district, i.e. anything that was not under the purview of the fire chief. Before coming to the fire district, Byrne had been a business attorney who helped businesses with business and financial issues, including being general manager of the Elizabeth Hospice.
- PUB DATE: 12/27/2018 4:43:36 PM - SOURCE: Valley Roadrunner
Posted on Fri, 28 Dec 2018 00:43:36 GMT

2 arrested after body found inside burned-out vehicle in East Bakersfield
The Kern County Sheriff’s Office has announced two arrests in a murder investigation. Albert Castillo, 26, and Samuel Rivas, 34, were arrested after a body was found inside a burned-out vehicle in East Bakersfield on Dec. 20, sheriff's officials said. The Bakersfield Police Department launched an investigation in the 1300 block of Virginia Avenue after the car was found burned with the victim inside, according to KCSO.
- PUB DATE: 12/27/2018 9:45:21 AM - SOURCE: KERO-TV ABC 23 Bakersfield-Turn to 23
Posted on Thu, 27 Dec 2018 17:45:21 GMT

Downtown Visalia fire leaves community reeling
One day after a massive three-alarm fire gutted a number of longstanding downtown Visalia businesses — Cafe 225, Mama K's Diner and Exotica Boutique among them — owners, customers, and employees are left to pick up the pieces. The blaze erupted in the attic of Mama K's early Wednesday morning before spreading to neighboring businesses in the 200 block of Main Street.
- PUB DATE: 12/27/2018 5:31:01 PM - SOURCE: Tulare Advance-Register & Visalia Times-Delta
Posted on Fri, 28 Dec 2018 01:31:01 GMT

Fundraiser for fallen California firefighter far exceeds its initial goal
A GoFundMe account set up for a fallen California firefighter far exceeded its initial goal, and donations continue to roll in. The most recent donation was just six days ago, bringing the total to $184,315 in funds raised to support the family of Capt. Brian Hughes. On July 29, he died in the line of duty while battling the Ferguson Fire in Mariposa County.
- PUB DATE: 12/27/2018 5:25:16 PM - SOURCE: KGPE-TV CBS 47 Fresno
Posted on Fri, 28 Dec 2018 01:25:16 GMT

Ambulance response times affect poorest in Oxnard; addition of special fire squad to help
Ambulance response times to some of Oxnard’s poorest neighborhoods prompted the launch of the Oxnard Fire Department’s first advanced life-support truck in November. Squad 68, a two-person truck staffed by an accredited paramedic and an emergency medical technician, now operates as an advanced life-support unit out of Oxnard Fire Station No.
- PUB DATE: 12/26/2018 11:56:11 AM - SOURCE: Ventura County Star
Posted on Wed, 26 Dec 2018 19:56:11 GMT

Father, 16-year-old son escape San Rafael apartment fire by climbing down bed sheets
Four San Rafael families are out of their homes the day after Christmas because of a fire that heavily damaged their apartment building. One family escaped the flames by tying sheets together and climbing down from a second-story window. All that's left of the apartment 16-year-old Eleam Rodas lived in with his parents and siblings is a burned out shell.
- PUB DATE: 12/26/2018 5:22:19 PM - SOURCE: KGO-TV ABC 7 San Francisco
Posted on Thu, 27 Dec 2018 01:22:19 GMT

Marin County's new fire cameras link to statewide system
The Marin County Fire Department has installed six new, high-definition cameras at several mountaintop locations in Marin. The cameras are linked to a growing network that spans five western states and a supercomputer in San Diego that may some day use artificial intelligence to spot fires quicker and predict their course.
- PUB DATE: 12/26/2018 6:52:50 PM - SOURCE: Marin Independent Journal
Posted on Thu, 27 Dec 2018 02:52:50 GMT



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