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2 Dead In Overnight RV Fire In Dixon
Two men were killed and two others were seriously burned after a recreational vehicle caught on fire in Dixon early Tuesday morning, according to the Dixon Fire Department. The blaze was first reported at 4:25 a.m. on the grounds of the Dixon May Fair at 655 S. First St., Dixon Fire Chief Greg Lewis said.
- PUB DATE: 3/19/2019 7:01:00 AM - SOURCE: KPIX-TV CBS 5 San Francisco
Posted on Tue, 19 Mar 2019 14:01:00 GMT

Veteran firefighter of Merced City Fire Department named chief
A firefighter who is a veteran of the Merced City Fire Department has been named as the chief, officials said Monday. Interim chief since November, Billy Alcorn started as a firefighter in the Merced department in 2004. His first day as permanent chief is March 25. Merced City Fire Chief Michael Wilkinson suddenly retired in November, according to officials from the city of Merced.
- PUB DATE: 3/18/2019 3:47:02 PM - SOURCE: Merced Sun-Star
Posted on Mon, 18 Mar 2019 22:47:02 GMT

Pomona woman, dog found dead inside apartment
An investigation is underway after a woman and her dog were found dead inside a senior living home in Pomona on Monday. Just before 6 a.m., Pomona police officers responded to the Serenity Villas in the 150 block of E. Bonita Avenue, where they found the unidentified victim's body and her dog. Authorities said they are calling the incident a suspicious death investigation.
- PUB DATE: 3/18/2019 8:19:46 PM - SOURCE: KABC-TV ABC 7
Posted on Tue, 19 Mar 2019 03:19:46 GMT

Oakland fire captain claims son's arson conviction in Napa damaged his promotion
A fire captain claims he was denied a promotion because of his son’s arson conviction in Napa County, alleging in a lawsuit Chief Darin White told him it was because of “what is going on with your son.” Howard Holt, a 27-year Oakland fire veteran, was in the running for acting assistant fire marshal in the fire prevention bureau — a division that faced increased scrutiny following the Ghost Ship warehouse fire amid revelations the building was never inspected before 36 people died in a blaze there.
- PUB DATE: 3/18/2019 12:44:41 PM - SOURCE: Napa Valley Register
Posted on Mon, 18 Mar 2019 19:44:41 GMT

Big-Rig Fire Leads To Nightmare Commute On Altamont Pass
A severe traffic alert has been issued for Interstate 580 at the Altamont Pass Tuesday morning after a big-rig caught fire, prompting lane closures. According to authorities, the tractor-trailer caught fire on westbound 580 near North Flynn Road near Livermore shortly before 4 a.m. Officials said the driver was able to get out of the big-rig and no injuries were reported.
- PUB DATE: 3/19/2019 7:44:04 AM - SOURCE: KPIX-TV CBS 5 San Francisco
Posted on Tue, 19 Mar 2019 14:44:04 GMT

Burning Trash Truck Rolls Down a Hill and Crashes Into Monterey Park Home's Front Yard
A trash truck caught fire, rolled down a hill and crashed into the front yard of a home in Monterey Park Monday. No one was hurt in the incident that was reported about 10:40 a.m. near South Abajo Drive and West Verde Vista Drive, a Verdugo fire dispatcher said. The truck was engulfed in flames and stopped on the road, before it rolled down a hill, hit a car parked on the street and crashed into the front yard of a home, a witness said.
- PUB DATE: 3/19/2019 8:03:42 AM - SOURCE: KNSD-TV NBC San Diego
Posted on Tue, 19 Mar 2019 15:03:42 GMT

Crews Clean up South Los Angeles Neighborhood Where Tanker Exploded and Left 2 Injured
VIDEO: The Environmental Protection Agency worked Monday to clean up the mess left behind by the 9,000-gallon tanker that leaked gasoline and triggered an explosion in South Los Angeles over the weekend. "Up until this point we still had a lot of fuel out in the open, so a lot of that has been mitigated," EPA's Robert Wise said early Monday morning.
- PUB DATE: 3/18/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KTLA-TV WB 5 Los Angeles
Posted on Mon, 18 Mar 2019 07:00:00 GMT

Los Angeles Fire Department: Body Found in Fire-Damaged Room of Del Rey Home Prompts Arson Investigation
Arson investigators are headed to the scene of a house fire in Del Rey after a body was found inside the damaged residence on Monday morning, authorities said. The structure fire was reported in the 11900 block of Weir Street just before 9:45 a.m., according to a Los Angeles Fire Department alert. Responding firefighters entered the home where they found the deceased individual in a fire-damaged room, the alert stated.
- PUB DATE: 3/18/2019 10:40:41 AM - SOURCE: KTLA-TV WB 5 Los Angeles
Posted on Mon, 18 Mar 2019 17:40:41 GMT

Firefighters Rescue Two People Who Were Swept Down Los Angeles River Channel
VIDEO: A 21-year-old man and 18-year-old woman were rescued early Monday from fast-moving water in the Pacoima Wash, a tributary of the Los Angeles River, authorities said. The two entered the wash near Foothill Boulevard and were swept miles down the wash at about 20 mph, Los Angeles Fire Department spokesman Nicholas Prange said.
- PUB DATE: 3/18/2019 7:39:29 AM - SOURCE: KNBC-TV NBC 4 Los Angeles
Posted on Mon, 18 Mar 2019 14:39:29 GMT

Fire erupts at Chula Vista mobile home park
PHOTO: A fire at a Chula Vista mobile home park destroyed two homes Monday morning, forcing several people to be evacuated. The fire was reported at around 6:30 a.m. at a mobile home park at 288 Broadway, officials said. The blaze erupted for unknown reasons at one mobile home and quickly spread to a nearby home and some trees.
- PUB DATE: 3/18/2019 8:36:32 AM - SOURCE: KGTV-TV ABC 10 San Diego
Posted on Mon, 18 Mar 2019 15:36:32 GMT

Menlo Park firefighters rescue kitten trapped in drainage pipe
Firefighters can still be counted on to rescue a cat in distress, at least in one San Mateo County town. It wasn't a cat stuck in a tree but a black kitten trapped in a water drainage pipe that summoned Menlo Park Fire Protection District firefighters to Selby Lane in Atherton around 4:30 p.m. Friday.
- PUB DATE: 3/17/2019 3:14:57 PM - SOURCE: KTVU-TV Oakland, San Francisco, Bay Area
Posted on Sun, 17 Mar 2019 22:14:57 GMT

Portion of I-15 Dedicated to Fallen Escondido Firefighter
A portion of Interstate 15 has officially been named after a local firefighter killed after battling one of the largest fires in state history. Cory Iverson was part of a strike team with Cal Fire San Diego on the front lines of the Thomas Fire in Fillmore, California, that ultimately covered nearly 282,000 acres.
- PUB DATE: 3/17/2019 9:22:54 PM - SOURCE: KCAL-TV Los Angeles
Posted on Mon, 18 Mar 2019 04:22:54 GMT

Bethel Island Homes Destroyed By Fire; Were Budget Cuts To Blame?
VIDEO: Three homes were destroyed in a fire on Bethel Island in East Contra Costa County Thursday evening. Firefighters said two homes on the 1200 block of Taylor Road burned to the ground. A third was still standing but was considered a complete loss. No one was injured. Firefighters said it took between 12 and 15 minutes to reach the fire because there is no fire station on Bethel Island.
- PUB DATE: 3/14/2019 11:47:49 PM - SOURCE: KPIX-TV CBS 5 San Francisco
Posted on Fri, 15 Mar 2019 06:47:49 GMT

Environmental group questions use of bulldozers to fight California wildfires
Bulldozer drivers cut 305 miles of fire lines through scenic forest land last year in a desperate bid to stop a massive wildfire's advance on a Northern California city, an effort an environmentalist group said Thursday was largely ineffective. The Oregon-based Firefighters United for Safety, Ethics & Ecology organization released a report detailing bulldozer use during the July wildfire that killed eight people and destroyed 1,000 homes in and around Redding.
- PUB DATE: 3/14/2019 7:58:13 PM - SOURCE: Ventura County Star
Posted on Fri, 15 Mar 2019 02:58:13 GMT

At Least 18 Animals Die in San Bernardino County Reptile Museum Fire
VIDEO: At least 18 animals died and 14 others were rescued in a fire that erupted at a reptile museum in San Bernardino County on Thursday, officials said. The dramatic rescue took place at noon at the Mountain Town Reptile Museum in Oak Glen, "apple country." Among the animals rescued were two geese and six water turtles.
- PUB DATE: 3/14/2019 8:45:05 PM - SOURCE: KNBC-TV NBC 4 Los Angeles
Posted on Fri, 15 Mar 2019 03:45:05 GMT

Six Rivers fire crew trains at Samoa Drag strip in Eureka
The Samoa Dragstrip area was transformed this morning into an emergency vehicle training course for Six Rivers National Forest fire management employees. Tom Stokesberry, Engine 341 captain, said the course was a follow up to classroom discussions about emergency vehicle operation. “We provide our students the opportunity to get behind the wheel and run code three, red lights and sirens, so when they do get into the real world and we’re responding to an incident, they have those memories and ‘slides’ in their heads of how that works,” he said.
- PUB DATE: 3/15/2019 2:25:18 AM - SOURCE: Eureka Times-Standard
Posted on Fri, 15 Mar 2019 09:25:18 GMT

2 ex-Orange County Fire Authority employees say they were wrongly dismissed following criticism of the agency
Two former Orange County Fire Authority employees have filed a lawsuit against the department alleging they were wrongfully dismissed following one’s criticism of the Canyon 2 fire response and the questions both raised regarding a change in emergency-dispatcher scheduling. Megan Soman, who joined the department as a reserve firefighter in 1997 and rose through the ranks to become a fire communication supervisor, and Travis Fader, who joined as a fire communication dispatcher in 2017, both say they were targeted by department higher-ups and unfairly fired.
- PUB DATE: 3/14/2019 3:17:04 PM - SOURCE: Orange County Register
Posted on Thu, 14 Mar 2019 22:17:04 GMT

Serial arsonist accused of setting 4 laundry units on fire in Central Fresno
Fire investigators need help catching a serial arsonist before he strikes again. The suspect has torched at least four laundry rooms inside a Central Fresno apartment. At Hunter Place apartments, neighbors are fixating on unfamiliar faces, looking for the man caught in a surveillance video that recorded the man.
- PUB DATE: 3/15/2019 5:30:21 AM - SOURCE: KFSN-TV ABC 30 Frenso/Visalia
Posted on Fri, 15 Mar 2019 12:30:21 GMT

Lewis Broschard III Appointed as Next Contra Costa County Fire Chief
On Tuesday, the Contra Costa Fire Protection District Board of Directors appointed Lewis T. Broschard III to the position of Fire Chief of the Contra Costa Fire Protection District. The move came after Fire Chief Jeff Carman announced he would be retiring in March. The fire board, comprised of the Contra Costa Board of Supervisors, unanimously voted in favor of Broschard III in a 4-0 vote.
- PUB DATE: 3/14/2019 6:41:02 AM - SOURCE: East County Today
Posted on Thu, 14 Mar 2019 13:41:02 GMT

1 Dead After Two Small Planes Collide At Compton Airport
Investigators with the Federal Aviation Administration and National Transportation Safety Board will be at the Compton/Woodley Airport Thursday morning to try to determine what caused two planes to collide on the ground, killing one person and injuring another. The collision was reported about 6:55 p.
- PUB DATE: 3/14/2019 6:46:57 AM - SOURCE:
Posted on Thu, 14 Mar 2019 13:46:57 GMT

Erik Newman will remain Stockton’s fire chief
Stockton’s top fire official is staying put. Fire Chief Erik Newman was not selected for the top post within the San Francisco Fire Department this week. Newman was one of three candidates considered by San Francisco Mayor London Breed to replace Fire Chief Joanne Hayes-White, who announced her retirement in October after more than 15 years in the post.
- PUB DATE: 3/13/2019 12:44:18 PM - SOURCE: Stockton Record
Posted on Wed, 13 Mar 2019 19:44:18 GMT

Report: Power lines sparked massive Southern California fire
One of the largest fires in California history was sparked by Southern California Edison power lines that came into contact during high winds, investigators said Wednesday. The resulting arc ignited dry brush on Dec. 4, 2017, starting the blaze in Ventura and Santa Barbara counties that resulted in two deaths and blackened more than 440 square miles (1,139 square kilometers), according to the investigation headed by the Ventura County Fire Department.
- PUB DATE: 3/13/2019 5:27:06 PM - SOURCE: San Francisco Chronicle (
Posted on Thu, 14 Mar 2019 00:27:06 GMT

San Diego County conservation agency awarded $1.5 million for wildfire preparedness
A San Diego-area conservation organization has been awarded $1.5 million by the state to augment efforts to reduce local wildfire threats and impacts, the agency announced Wednesday. The funding for the Resource Conservation District of Greater San Diego County is part of $20 million in block grants allocated to eight bodies throughout the state by the Department of Conservation and the California Natural Resources Agency through the Regional Forest and Fire Capacity Program.
- PUB DATE: 3/13/2019 8:01:40 PM - SOURCE: San Diego Union-Tribune
Posted on Thu, 14 Mar 2019 03:01:40 GMT

Shasta College unveils new Regional Public Safety Training Center
Firefighters from all over California and the west will get the opportunity to learn and take their skills to a new level on the Shasta College Redding campus with their new Regional Public Safety Training Center. Finishing touches were being made to the facility a few weeks ago as they had originally planned to unveil the facility in February but due to weather conditions, the unveiling had to be rescheduled to Thursday, March 14.
- PUB DATE: 3/14/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KRCR-TV ABC 7
Posted on Thu, 14 Mar 2019 07:00:00 GMT

Mayor Breed Makes Historic Selection For New San Francisco Fire Chief
Mayor London Breed announced Wednesday that San Francisco Fire Deputy Chief Jeanine Nicholson would take over the duties as the new chief, the first member of the LGBT community to head the department. Nicholson, a 25-year veteran of the department, replaces retiring Joanne Hayes-White and becomes the second woman to hold the top post.
- PUB DATE: 3/13/2019 10:45:21 AM - SOURCE: KPIX-TV CBS 5 San Francisco
Posted on Wed, 13 Mar 2019 17:45:21 GMT

Merced City firefighters look to improve paramedic services
In an emergency, seconds matter. That's why the Merced City firefighters are looking into new ways they can help save lives. "We want to provide the highest level of service to the citizens of Merced," said Merced Fire Chief Billy Alcorn. Alcorn says the plan is still in the early stages, but they're looking into possibly getting more certified paramedics into the department.
- PUB DATE: 3/12/2019 6:31:18 PM - SOURCE: KFSN-TV ABC 30 Frenso/Visalia
Posted on Wed, 13 Mar 2019 01:31:18 GMT

PG&E adds staff as wind gusts of more than 40mph recorded in Lake County
With strong winds pushing through Northern California Tuesday and unconfirmed reports of sparking power poles in Lake County, PG&E may activate a Lakeport emergency operations “storm room” but does not plan to shut off power in the county. PG&E spokesperson Deanna Contreras said Tuesday that no public safety power shutoffs were planned in Lake County, because such action is only taken by the utility “when there is a wildfire threat, and due to the recent rains…it is not needed.
- PUB DATE: 3/13/2019 1:42:17 AM - SOURCE: Lakeport Lake County Record-Bee
Posted on Wed, 13 Mar 2019 08:42:17 GMT

1,200 gallons of flammable substance found in Pixley hazmat incident
Firefighters have left the scene of a Hazmat situation in the South Valley. The Tulare County Fire Department says the suspicious substance found inside a box truck at a Pixley tow yard was a combustible liquid-consistent with kerosene. The county environmental health department has called a cleanup company to haul away 1,200 gallons of the liquid.
- PUB DATE: 3/12/2019 6:07:47 PM - SOURCE: KFSN-TV ABC 30 Frenso/Visalia
Posted on Wed, 13 Mar 2019 01:07:47 GMT

North San Diego County man rushes into burning home to save dog
A North County family lost everything in a fire but their dog, thanks to a man who ran into a burning home. Firefighters yelled at Jose Guzman to stop as he ran past them into the house in Pala this week. "When I ran through curtain of fire where my van was and fence, I didn't know what was behind that, decided to come here anyways,” said Guzman.
- PUB DATE: 3/13/2019 3:10:52 AM - SOURCE: KGTV-TV ABC 10 San Diego
Posted on Wed, 13 Mar 2019 10:10:52 GMT

Stockton Fire Chief Erik Newman a candidate to lead San Francisco Fire Department
Stockton Fire Chief Erik Newman is one of three candidates being considered to replace the fire chief in the City by the Bay, according to The San Francisco Chronicle. The San Francisco Fire Commission has submitted Newman’s name to Mayor London Breed, along with the city’s Deputy Chief of Administration, Jeanine Nicholson, and Fire Battalion Chief Michael Thompson, the Chronicle reported.
- PUB DATE: 3/11/2019 6:15:16 PM - SOURCE: Stockton Record
Posted on Tue, 12 Mar 2019 01:15:16 GMT

Overtime pay soared at Cal Fire amid record wildfires
Wildfire overtime increased Cal Fire’s payroll by $91 million last year, a sharp increase from what was already an expensive year before it, underscoring the budget challenge the state may face if major fires are now the norm. The department paid its workers about $855 million in 2018, up 12 percent from 2017, according to an analysis by The Bee.
- PUB DATE: 3/12/2019 4:06:35 AM - SOURCE: The Modesto Bee
Posted on Tue, 12 Mar 2019 11:06:35 GMT

Vallejo Fire Crews Contain 2-Alarm Blaze; 2 Hospitalized
Vallejo Fire Department crews contained a two-alarm fire early Tuesday morning that injured two people, one of whom needed to be rescued, according to fire officials. The blaze was first reported at 1:29 a.m. at a duplex in the 400 block of Sonoma Avenue, which is also known as state Highway 29, Vallejo firefighter/engineer Danny Gutierrez said.
- PUB DATE: 3/12/2019 9:45:35 AM - SOURCE: San Francisco Chronicle (
Posted on Tue, 12 Mar 2019 16:45:35 GMT

Sacramento: Metro Fire Uses Donated Home for Live Fire Training
VIDEO: A home set to be demolished was the site of some training for Sacramento Metropolitan Fire District firefighters Monday. The focus was to work on tactics to prevent flames from spreading to adjacent buildings. "In the summertime with our wildfires, a lot of times we have structure-to-structure ignition.
- PUB DATE: 3/11/2019 3:47:30 PM - SOURCE: KTXL-TV Fox 40 Sacramento
Posted on Mon, 11 Mar 2019 22:47:30 GMT

House fire in San Francisco's Westwood Highlands neighborhood makes skies smoky
You might have noticed it smelled like burning plastic in the south part of San Francisco Monday afternoon. A fire burning at a home off Monterey Boulevard in the Westwood Highlands neighborhood, near the border of Glen Park, was pumping out a towering plume of smoke. "It was a huge fire," said Sunny Chanel, who lives nearby.
- PUB DATE: 3/11/2019 4:59:13 PM - SOURCE: San Francisco Chronicle (
Posted on Mon, 11 Mar 2019 23:59:13 GMT

California suffered more wildfire damage than any other state in 2018
California sustained more damage from wildfires than any other state last year. According to an annual report from the National Interagency Coordination Center, wildfires burned more than 1.8 million acres in 2018. A spokesperson for the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection told NBC that's the worst in recorded history for the state.
- PUB DATE: 3/11/2019 10:36:07 AM - SOURCE: KERO-TV ABC 23 Bakersfield-Turn to 23
Posted on Mon, 11 Mar 2019 17:36:07 GMT

Man in Highland dies rescuing people from fire
A man died after rescuing people from a fire that tore through a mobile home in Highland early Saturday morning, fire officials said. Firefighters responded to the fire on the 7200 block of Sterling Avenue and found a body in the debris. Firefighters said four residents had been evacuated from the fire with "mild to moderate" injuries by the time the fire department arrived.
- PUB DATE: 3/11/2019 3:03:32 AM - SOURCE: KABC-TV ABC 7 Los Angeles
Posted on Mon, 11 Mar 2019 10:03:32 GMT

Firefighters Rescue Man Stuck on Cliffs at La Jolla Cove
VIDEO: A young man out for an early morning walk got himself stuck on the sandy cliffs at La Jolla Cove Saturday. His careful rescue by San Diego firefighters was captured on camera by NBC 7. The San Diego Fire-Rescue Department said crews began the rescue operation just before 7 a.m. at the cliffs along Coast Boulevard.
- PUB DATE: 3/9/2019 8:01:15 PM - SOURCE: KNTV-TV NBC 11 Bay Area
Posted on Sun, 10 Mar 2019 04:01:15 GMT

San Luis Obispo firefighters climb 69 flights of stairs of a Seatle building for cancer fundraiser
San Luis Obispo County Fire and Cal Fire firefighters participated in the 28th annual Leukemia and Lymphoma Society (LLS) Firefighter Stairclimb on Sunday. The LLS stair climb took place at the Columbia Center in Seattle, Washington. The event is a fundraiser held annually to help raise funds to find a cure.
- PUB DATE: 3/10/2019 6:38:56 PM - SOURCE: KEYT-TV ABC 3 Santa Barbara
Posted on Mon, 11 Mar 2019 01:38:56 GMT

VIDEO: Man caught trying to light Stockton home on fire to get rid of ghost
New video shows a California man pouring gallons of diesel on his neighbor's front porch. He told police he did it because he was trying to get rid of a ghost. A family's security cameras captured the man pouring diesel and then trying to light the porch on fire. But the fire never fully ignites. A woman and her two young children were sleeping inside the home at the time.
- PUB DATE: 3/9/2019 9:04:28 PM - SOURCE: KFSN-TV ABC 30 Frenso/Visalia
Posted on Sun, 10 Mar 2019 05:04:28 GMT

Firefighters, Volunteers Hold Massive Earthquake Drill in Sylmar
Volunteers and Los Angeles Fire Department officials gathered in Sylmar Saturday for a large-scale, highly-realistic drill to help prepare for a massive earthquake in Southern California. More than 120 Community Emergency Response Team volunteers joined in the training, held at the Oakridge Mobile Home Park, which included realistic disaster scenarios complete with actors playing the parts of injured patients, complete with special effects-style injuries.
- PUB DATE: 3/9/2019 8:25:34 PM - SOURCE: KTLA-TV WB 5 Los Angeles
Posted on Sun, 10 Mar 2019 04:25:34 GMT

Follow-up: Anaheim Fire Department Defends Viral Photo After Receiving Backlash
A viral photo of a car’s windows broken out after the driver parked in front of a fire hydrant has received some unexpected criticism. When firefighters have seconds to act, they will do whatever it takes to put out a fire, including smashing the windows of a car parked illegally in the way. But when Sgt.
- PUB DATE: 3/11/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KCAL-TV Los Angeles
Posted on Mon, 11 Mar 2019 07:00:00 GMT

1 Dead, 4 Hurt In Fire At North Sacramento Apartment
At least one person is dead and several others left without a place to live after an apartment fire in Sacramento. According to Sacramento Fire Department, the fire started around 1:45 a.m. Thursday on Altos Avenue, near Eleanor Avenue. Upon their arrival, firefighters reported seeing flames coming from one unit in a four-unit apartment complex.
- PUB DATE: 3/7/2019 7:18:43 PM - SOURCE: KOVR-TV CBS Sacramento
Posted on Fri, 08 Mar 2019 03:18:43 GMT

Menlo Park: Fire and city officials join forces for better emergency response
In a joint meeting held March 5, the Menlo Park City Council and the Menlo Park Fire Protection District board discussed how the district and city can work together to improve emergency vehicle response times and community responses to large-scale emergencies. Relations between the two agencies haven't always been so agreeable.
- PUB DATE: 3/7/2019 1:14:58 PM - SOURCE: Menlo Park Almanac
Posted on Thu, 07 Mar 2019 21:14:58 GMT

Director again warns of potential Moraga-Orinda Fire District financial emergency
Even with the approval of two new labor contracts retroactive to July 1, the Moraga-Orinda Fire District expects to reverse the general fund budget deficit of $583,000 to a $99,000 surplus for the current fiscal year, based on a midyear budget adjustment presented to the board at its Feb. 20 district meeting.
- PUB DATE: 3/6/2019 3:22:12 AM - SOURCE: Lamorinda Weekly
Posted on Wed, 06 Mar 2019 11:22:12 GMT

Man seriously burned in Wilmington explosion possibly involves drug lab
A man was seriously burned Thursday, March 7, in an explosion at a Wilmington home that may be related to a drug lab. The 2 p.m. blast was contained to one unit of a residential triplex at 1021 N. Blinn Ave., according to Los Angeles Fire Department spokesman Brian Humphrey. The home was not burning when firefighters arrived, but a man was found suffering from 2nd and 3rd degree burns to as much as 60 percent of his body.
- PUB DATE: 3/7/2019 3:53:39 PM - SOURCE: Torrance Daily Breeze
Posted on Thu, 07 Mar 2019 23:53:39 GMT

With more high-rises and a young department, new fire chief faces marathons atop Long Beach Fire Department
The Long Beach Fire Department is facing big issues: homelessness, a younger firefighting force and Downtown high rises popping up like spring flowers. To lead them through it all is Fire Chief Xavier Espino, recently appointed in October. Espino is a 33-year veteran of the department, climbing the ladder from firefighter to medic to fire captain to battalion chief to assistant chief.
- PUB DATE: 3/6/2019 1:03:01 PM - SOURCE: Long Beach Post
Posted on Wed, 06 Mar 2019 21:03:01 GMT

Woman Found Dead Inside Burning RV in Los Angeles
Police and fire officials launched an investigation after a woman's body was found inside a burning recreational vehicle parked on a street along the 5 Freeway in Sun Valley on Wednesday afternoon, authorities said. The RV fire was first reported about 5:35 p.m. in the 11400 block of Tuxford Street, just north of the 5 Freeway, Los Angeles Police Department officials said.
- PUB DATE: 3/6/2019 7:46:09 PM - SOURCE: KTLA-TV WB 5 Los Angeles
Posted on Thu, 07 Mar 2019 03:46:09 GMT

Randy Shafer named Dixon's Firefighter of the Year
Randy Shafer, a 13-year veteran of the Dixon Fire Department and Vacaville High School graduate, is the city’s Firefighter of the Year for 2018. Shafer’s honor comes after him being recommended for and selected by the department’s Awards Committee. He attributes his award to “hard work, dedication to the department, mentoring younger and newer firefighters with less experience, knowledge of my job and being there for what the department needs.
- PUB DATE: 3/6/2019 6:52:31 PM - SOURCE: Vacaville Reporter
Posted on Thu, 07 Mar 2019 02:52:31 GMT

Follow-up: Cal Fire recommends 35 projects to reduce fire risk across state
With as much rain that has fallen recently in the Bay Area, that's going to foster tree and vegetation growth. That, in turn, could lead to higher fire risk later in the year. Cal Fire has proposed an aggressive plan to reduce fuel loads in 35 high-priority areas, including several in the Bay Area.
- PUB DATE: 3/6/2019 5:11:24 PM - SOURCE: KGO-TV ABC 7 San Francisco
Posted on Thu, 07 Mar 2019 01:11:24 GMT

Tehama County looks to hike fire inspection fees
Cal Fire and Tehama County Fire staff made a presentation Tuesday in support of raising inspection fees and a study session has been set for March 19. Fire Marshal Brian DeSmet and Assistant Chief Matt Chamblin spoke of the need to update the fee, which has not been changed since 1992. The new rate proposed is $108 per hour, up from the existing rate of $32 per hour.
- PUB DATE: 3/6/2019 7:48:32 PM - SOURCE: Red Bluff Daily News
Posted on Thu, 07 Mar 2019 03:48:32 GMT

Fire burns former San Bernardino County Sheriff’s station, injures firefighters
A two-alarm fire tore through a former San Bernardino County Sheriff’s station Tuesday afternoon, forcing firefighters battling the blaze inside to pull out when half the roof collapsed. First reported around 12:30 p.m., San Bernardino County Fire dispatch received calls of light smoke coming from the building, located at the corner of Walnut Street and Santa Fe Avenue near the Main Street overpass.
- PUB DATE: 3/5/2019 5:47:34 PM - SOURCE: Victorville Daily Press
Posted on Wed, 06 Mar 2019 01:47:34 GMT

Orange County Woman Gets Jail Time After Pleading Guilty to Posing as Firefighter’s Wife in Holy Fire Scheme
A California woman has pleaded guilty to posing as the wife of a firefighter battling a massive wildfire and bilking people out of thousands of dollars in donations. The Orange County District Attorney’s Office said Tuesday that 28-year-old Ashley Bemis entered a guilty plea Friday to grand theft, burglary and other charges and was sentenced to 177 days in jail.
- PUB DATE: 3/5/2019 6:21:49 PM - SOURCE: KTLA 5
Posted on Wed, 06 Mar 2019 02:21:49 GMT

San Diego County areas on Cal Fire list of high-priority fire projects
Cal Fire identified Tuesday high-priority projects to protect more than 200 areas at high risk of a fire, including those in San Diego County. The East County neighborhoods of Crest and Guatay were among the 35 communities considered to be in urgent need of attention in a list released by Cal Fire. Both communities have community fuel breaks that need to be cleared, a Cal Fire report showed.
- PUB DATE: 3/5/2019 3:47:11 PM - SOURCE: KGTV-TV ABC 10 San Diego
Posted on Tue, 05 Mar 2019 23:47:11 GMT

Student honored by Moraga-Orinda Fire District for heroic lifesaving efforts
Courtney Newton rarely visits the Moraga Starbucks, but one 57-year- old man is undoubtedly grateful that she did the afternoon of Jan. 27. As the Saint Mary's College student studied with her roommate in the coffee shop, a woman ran inside, asking if anyone knew CPR. Newton, recently recertified for CPR by the American Heart Association, responded immediately and ran to the outdoor patio.
- PUB DATE: 3/6/2019 1:58:28 AM - SOURCE: Lamorinda Weekly
Posted on Wed, 06 Mar 2019 09:58:28 GMT

1 Person Burned, 15 Displaced In Daly City Fire
One person suffered burns and smoke inhalation in a fire at an apartment building Tuesday afternoon in Daly City, according to the North County Fire Authority. Firefighters responded at 2:10 p.m. to a building at 88 Crestwood Drive where they found smoke and flames coming from windows on the first and second floors of a two-story apartment building.
- PUB DATE: 3/6/2019 10:45:57 AM - SOURCE: South San Francisco
Posted on Wed, 06 Mar 2019 18:45:57 GMT

Man Dies After Neighbors Pull Him from Burning Potrero Home
A person died outside of a home that went up in flames in Potrero on Monday, firefighters said. When firefighters arrived at the fully engulfed home on Coyote Holler Road near Round Potrero Road before 6:45 a.m., a person was lying unconscious in the lawn, Cal Fire San Diego said. Cal Fire Battalion Chief Preston Fouts said the victim was dragged out of the home by neighbors who were first on the scene.
- PUB DATE: 3/4/2019 3:15:05 PM - SOURCE: NBC San Diego
Posted on Mon, 04 Mar 2019 23:15:05 GMT

San Luis Obispo has a new fire chief -- and he's a familiar face countywide
The city of San Luis Obispo has named Keith Aggson as its new fire chief. Aggson had served in an interim role since October 2018 after Garret Olson retired. He has been with the city since January 2017, when he was hired as deputy fire chief. Aggson’s new position officially starts Thursday. “I look forward to continuing my fire service career in the City of San Luis Obispo,” Aggson said in a statement.
- PUB DATE: 3/4/2019 4:54:13 PM - SOURCE: San Luis Obispo County Tribune
Posted on Tue, 05 Mar 2019 00:54:13 GMT

After months of small fires in Fillmore, authorities make arrest
Authorities have arrested a man allegedly caught on surveillance video setting fire to a downtown Fillmore building after a "rash" of small fires plagued the city in recent months, officials said. The video footage concerned a fire reported around 3:30 a.m. Saturday at the Fillmore Historical Society, 350 Main St.
- PUB DATE: 3/4/2019 7:39:39 PM - SOURCE: Ventura County Star - Metered Site
Posted on Tue, 05 Mar 2019 03:39:39 GMT

Truck Plunges Off Angeles Crest Highway in Los Angeles County; 1 of 5 Occupants Airlifted to Hospital
Crews airlifted one of five people who were inside a truck that plunged 500 feet off the Angeles Crest Highway early Monday morning, authorities said. That patient was taken to a local hospital while the rest of the vehicle's occupants refused treatment, according to the L.A. County Fire Department.
- PUB DATE: 3/4/2019 1:41:10 PM - SOURCE: KTLA-TV WB 5 Los Angeles
Posted on Mon, 04 Mar 2019 21:41:10 GMT

Shasta County may approve funds to help revive Keswick Volunteer Fire Station 53
The Shasta County Board of Supervisors meeting on Tuesday, March 5 will decide whether they will make an approval of a budget increase of funds to help begin the cleanup process of Keswick Volunteer Fire Station 53 after it was destroyed by the Carr Fire. The damaged fire station structure still stands and has not gone through the debris removal cleanup like the properties in the surrounding area due to the fire station on county property.
- PUB DATE: 3/4/2019 6:47:09 PM - SOURCE: KRCR-TV ABC 7 & KCVU-TV Fox 20
Posted on Tue, 05 Mar 2019 02:47:09 GMT

Salinas hires Watsonville Fire Chief to lead department
The City of Salinas didn't have to go far to find the next leader of their fire department. They have hired current Watsonville Fire Chief, Pablo Barreto. He said he has had his sights on Salinas for a while now. "When Chief Rodriguez was there, him and I worked a lot together. When I became a fire chief, I really noticed the excellent department, the community, and how much growth there is.
- PUB DATE: 3/2/2019 5:50:00 PM - SOURCE: KION-TV CBS 46
Posted on Sun, 03 Mar 2019 01:50:00 GMT

Firefighter suicides reflect toll of longer fire seasons, increased stress
Capt. Ryan Mitchell had just finished three punishing weeks of firefighting. He had deployed to fires far from home, then returned only to dash out to another one. Mitchell’s parents and 16-month-old son came to visit him at the station. “He didn’t look good. He was tired, he was thin, his eyes were shallow.
- PUB DATE: 3/1/2019 12:30:53 PM - SOURCE: Los Angeles Times - Metered Site
Posted on Fri, 01 Mar 2019 20:30:53 GMT

Teen girls learn what it takes to be a Los Angeles Department firefighter
Dozens of girls experienced what it was like to become a firefighter as they participated in Los Angeles Fire Department's Girls Camp. Aamiyah Beridon, 16, spent her weekend learning what it takes to be part of the department. She was one of 92 girls between the ages of 14 and 18 who took part in the two-day crash-course.
- PUB DATE: 3/2/2019 10:47:30 PM - SOURCE: KFSN-TV ABC 30 Frenso/Visalia
Posted on Sun, 03 Mar 2019 06:47:30 GMT

Amazon Van Ends Up on Its Roof After Crashing Into San Lorenzo Fire Truck
No one was injured Saturday but an Amazon Prime delivery van ended up on its roof after a collision with an Alameda County Fire Department truck Saturday in San Lorenzo, in unincorporated Alameda County. Fire department spokeswoman Aisha Knowles confirmed information she posted on social media, that the two vehicles collided about 3:50 p.
- PUB DATE: 3/2/2019 10:09:29 PM - SOURCE: KNTV-TV NBC 11 Bay Area
Posted on Sun, 03 Mar 2019 06:09:29 GMT

Woodland Police Continue Search for Possible Serial Arsonist
The Woodland Police Department has been stymied in its attempt to find who set a series of fires since the beginning of the year. Fifteen unsolved fires over two months is a lot of fires, but thankfully there hasn’t been a massive amount of damage. However, police fear that the odds may turn against them if the culprits aren’t caught.
- PUB DATE: 3/1/2019 5:22:32 PM - SOURCE: KTXL-TV Fox 40 Sacramento
Posted on Sat, 02 Mar 2019 01:22:32 GMT

Chico Fire Chief talks about staffing concerns
The Chico Fire Department just added five new recruits to its team, but Chief Steve Standridge says this still doesn't solve the staffing issue his department has had for years. The chief said the issue has become worse since the Camp Fire. "Oh absolutely, it's not questionable whether we need it or not," said Standridge.
- PUB DATE: 3/2/2019 3:04:10 AM - SOURCE: KHSL-TV CBS 12 Action News Now
Posted on Sat, 02 Mar 2019 11:04:10 GMT

Seventy High-Tech Cameras Installed in Southern California Provide Eyes on Fire Prone Areas
A multi-hazard camera technology developed at the University of California San Diego and the University of Nevada, Reno that improves fire detection and response capabilities is expanding to include 70 cameras in high fire risk areas throughout Southern California. The ALERTWildfire Camera Network connects firefighters with real-time fire activity and provides situational awareness that allows first responders to scale their response accordingly.
- PUB DATE: 2/28/2019 4:42:27 PM - SOURCE: UC San Diego News
Posted on Fri, 01 Mar 2019 00:42:27 GMT

Person Found Dead After Fire At Rosemead Condo
A person was found dead after a fire ignited Thursday afternoon inside a Rosemead condominium that was possibly involved in “narcotics activity,” authorities said. The fire was reported just before 5 p.m. at a two-story condominium building in the 8300 block of Rush Street, east of San Gabriel Boulevard, Los Angeles County Fire Department Capt.
- PUB DATE: 2/28/2019 6:21:32 PM - SOURCE: KTLA 5
Posted on Fri, 01 Mar 2019 02:21:32 GMT

PG&E says it's 'probable' utility caused the 2018 Camp Fire
PG&E Corp. said Thursday that it believes it's "probable" that the utility's equipment will be found to be the source of the 2018 Camp Fire, the deadliest in California's history. "Although the cause of the 2018 Camp fire is still under investigation, based on the information currently known to PG&E Corporation and reported to the CPUC and other agencies, PG&E Corporation believes it is probable that the Utility's equipment will be determined to be an ignition point of the 2018 Camp fire," the company said in a government filing.
- PUB DATE: 3/1/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE:
Posted on Fri, 01 Mar 2019 08:00:00 GMT

Tree-trimming guidelines in Edison wildfire plan may go too far, arborist says
Southern California Edison is making big plans to reduce the chances of fire ignition in high-risk areas such as La Cañada Flintridge, proposing to spend more than $118 million throughout its service area on enhanced vegetation management between now and 2020. As part of a 119-page Wildfire Mitigation Plan, required by state law and submitted to the California Public Utilities Commission on Feb.
- PUB DATE: 2/28/2019 1:44:59 PM - SOURCE: Los Angeles Times
Posted on Thu, 28 Feb 2019 21:44:59 GMT

Salinas firefighters put out flames at Chinatown area storage unit
Salinas firefighters doused flames at a storage unit building at Bridge and Lake streets early Friday. The fire was reported around 8:24 a.m. No one was injured in the fire and firefighters had it under control in about half an hour. The building's automatic sprinkler system was activated before firefighters arrived and helped keep fire under control, Acting Battalion Chief Keith Emery said.
- PUB DATE: 3/1/2019 10:16:36 AM - SOURCE: Californian Online - Salinas
Posted on Fri, 01 Mar 2019 18:16:36 GMT

South Lake Tahoe Fire Chief Jeff Meston retiring
When Jeff Meston came out of "retirement" to serve as South Lake Tahoe's fire chief in 2013, he had two looming questions he hoped to answer. The first: could he still work hard? The second: could he do a good job? Meston knows the answer to the first question. The second one will take some time to answer.
- PUB DATE: 2/28/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Tahoe Daily Tribune
Posted on Thu, 28 Feb 2019 08:00:00 GMT

Anaheim Fire Gives Real-World Example Of Why Hydrants Are No-Parking Zones
Firefighters in Anaheim demonstrated recently why drivers should avoid parking in front of a fire hydrant. Anaheim Fire & Rescue posted several pictures Tuesday of a car parked in the red zone in front of a fire hydrant that was needed to battle a blaze across the street. Both rear windows of the Nissan sedan were broken out, and the fire hose threaded through the car in order to reach the hydrant.
- PUB DATE: 2/27/2019 4:53:24 PM - SOURCE: CBS Los Angeles
Posted on Thu, 28 Feb 2019 00:53:24 GMT

Governor wants to spend $40 million to hire more firefighters. Why some want to double that
California is facing the worst wildfire conditions in its history with fewer engines and firefighters than it had 40 years ago, says a group of lawmakers and fire unions asking Gov. Gavin Newsom for an extra $84 million to beef up the state’s fire response. Cal Fire has 31 fewer engines than it had in 1975 yet it is responsible for more land, provides protection for more cities and faces drier forests and a longer fire season, said Sen.
- PUB DATE: 2/28/2019 10:47:20 AM - SOURCE: The Sacramento Bee - Metered Site
Posted on Thu, 28 Feb 2019 18:47:20 GMT

Rescue Team Out For Training Saves Stranded Motorists In Flooded Placer County Street
Cal Fire and Placer County Fire Technical Rescue Team got some real-life training Wednesday morning when they found some stranded motorists in flood waters. The team was arriving at a scheduled training when they found the stranded motorists who attempted to pass through flood waters on West Wise Road in Lincoln.
- PUB DATE: 2/27/2019 8:03:22 PM - SOURCE: KOVR-TV CBS Sacramento
Posted on Thu, 28 Feb 2019 04:03:22 GMT

PG&E delayed repairs for years on transmission line linked to lethal Camp Fire
PG&E had planned as far back as 2013 to replace an aging complex of transmission equipment linked to the origin area of the lethal inferno that roared though Butte County in November 2018, but has yet to initiate the upgrade, according to documents filed with state regulators. The power facilities that weren’t repaired for years stretch through Butte, Yuba and Sutter counties in Northern California and include what’s known as the Caribou-Palermo line that carries 115 kilovolts, according to official filings with the state Public Utilities Commission.
- PUB DATE: 2/27/2019 2:49:26 PM - SOURCE: Oroville Mercury-Register
Posted on Wed, 27 Feb 2019 22:49:26 GMT

Commercial Fire Erupts in Sawtelle Area of West Los Angeles
A commerical fire erupted in the Sawtelle neighborhood of West Los Angeles Wednesday night. The sturcture fire was reported at 1515 South Westgate Ave. at approximately 7:50 p.m., according to the Los Angeles Fire Department. It was not immediatly clear what started the fire. Santa Monica Boulevard was completely blocked off as fire crews worked to calm the flames and battle the fire.
- PUB DATE: 2/27/2019 8:45:47 PM - SOURCE: KNBC-TV NBC 4 Los Angeles
Posted on Thu, 28 Feb 2019 04:45:47 GMT

La Verne tentatively agrees to settle firefighters’ lawsuits for $5.5 million
La Verne is moving toward a $5.5 million settlement with its firefighters union, likely bringing an end to a 14-month legal battle. The city and the La Verne Firefighters’ Association, Local 3624 began talks the day jury selection was set to start in federal court in downtown Los Angeles. Thomas Brown, the attorney representing the association, confirmed the news by phone but said the terms are still being finalized.
- PUB DATE: 2/26/2019 3:43:15 PM - SOURCE: San Gabriel Valley Tribune
Posted on Tue, 26 Feb 2019 23:43:15 GMT

Burbank firefighter falls off ladder while responding to house fire
A Burbank firefighter suffered minor injuries early Saturday night after falling off a ladder while responding to a house fire that caused an estimated $200,000 in damage. The Burbank Fire Department received word of a structure fire in the 4300 block of Chandler Boulevard at about 5:25 p.m. When a fire crew arrived, they reported seeing heavy smoke billowing from the attic of the home.
- PUB DATE: 2/26/2019 3:53:56 PM - SOURCE: Los Angeles Times - Metered Site
Posted on Tue, 26 Feb 2019 23:53:56 GMT

Elderly Man Dies In Condo Fire Near Beverly Hills
VIDEO: A 91-year-old man died Tuesday morning in a fire at a two-story condominium in the Pico-Robertson neighborhood nearly Beverly Hills. The fire was reported at 9:52 a.m. in the 800 block of South Bedford Street. The victim was discovered inside with critical fire-caused injuries, the Los Angeles County Fire Department reported.
- PUB DATE: 2/26/2019 12:45:40 PM - SOURCE: KCAL-TV Los Angeles
Posted on Tue, 26 Feb 2019 20:45:40 GMT

Inmate Firefighters May Get Chance To Fight Fire After Their Sentence Is Up
VIDEO: They’re often near the front lines while clearing a path and working side by side California’s firefighters. “It’s a big opportunity,” said an inmate firefighter. But after serving a prison sentence, inmate’s careers are over. “When they leave that service they’re told that they will never ever be allowed to be a firefighter,” said Assemblymember Eloise Reyes.
- PUB DATE: 2/25/2019 10:44:25 PM - SOURCE: KOVR-TV CBS Sacramento
Posted on Tue, 26 Feb 2019 06:44:25 GMT

Firefighters evacuate Schell-Vista fire station; Highway 121 closed by floods
Overnight rainfall on Monday evening of 3 to 10 inches across Sonoma County flooded more than a dozen roadways, triggered mudslides and knocked over trees. And more rain is on the way. Deep water also forced Schell-Vista firefighters to evacuate their main station at Highway 121 and 12. Between calls they now are camped at the older station on Eighth Street East and East Napa Street, Schell-Vista Fire Chief Ray Mulas said.
- PUB DATE: 2/26/2019 8:15:53 PM - SOURCE: Sonoma Index-Tribune
Posted on Wed, 27 Feb 2019 04:15:53 GMT

San Diego plans to add 220 firefighters and shrink ballooning overtime costs
San Diego is planning a firefighter hiring spree to shrink ballooning overtime costs that are creating budget problems at City Hall. The city’s goal is to increase the number of firefighters from about 900 to more than 1,100 over the next five years. That may be a challenge, with retirements on the rise and more firefighters leaving for other agencies with higher pay, a union leader said.
- PUB DATE: 2/26/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: San Diego Union-Tribune
Posted on Tue, 26 Feb 2019 08:00:00 GMT

Arroyo Grande could leave Five Cities Fire Authority to form its own fire department
When Five Cities Fire Authority formed in 2010, it was an effort to cut costs for Arroyo Grande, Grover Beach and Oceano, and consolidate firefighting operations for the closely aligned cities — joining forces, so to speak, to provide better, less expensive fire service to the majority of the area. Nine years later, the authority faces an uncertain future now that budgeting woes have city leaders debating how the department should be funded — or if it should just be disbanded.
- PUB DATE: 2/25/2019 5:52:53 PM - SOURCE: San Luis Obispo County Tribune
Posted on Tue, 26 Feb 2019 01:52:53 GMT

Fairfield firefighters battle clutter in difficult structure fire
Fairfield firefighters, with mutual aid from Vacaville and Cordelia, battled a two-alarm structure fire Monday at a home in Cordelia. Crews responded to the a the blaze at the home on 820 Spindrift Place after receiving multiple calls to the home at around 12:54 p.m. The residents were home at the time of the fire and were not injured.
- PUB DATE: 2/25/2019 5:55:04 PM - SOURCE: Vacaville Reporter
Posted on Tue, 26 Feb 2019 01:55:04 GMT

Woman found guilty of commercial burglary after breaking into Kern County fire station
On November 28, 2018, deputies responded to the Kern County Fire station #41 after firefighters returned to their station and noticed that some of their personal items had been moved around and some of their belongings had been stolen. According to officials, the firefighters had responded to a fire early in the morning and noticed a woman standing outside the station and when they returned found that a wallet and cash was missing.
- PUB DATE: 2/25/2019 5:08:26 PM - SOURCE: KERO-TV ABC 23 Bakersfield-Turn to 23
Posted on Tue, 26 Feb 2019 01:08:26 GMT

California commission working to find solutions to state's destructive wildfires
A commission tasked with analyzing who should pay for the cost and recovery of catastrophic wildfires in California had its first meeting today in Sacramento. "I'm here because I actually think we can do better there are solutions and this board gives us an opportunity to bring those forward," said Carla Peterman with the Wildfire Cost & Recovery Commission.
- PUB DATE: 2/25/2019 11:28:04 PM - SOURCE: KGPE-TV CBS 47 Fresno
Posted on Tue, 26 Feb 2019 07:28:04 GMT

Suspected street racing leads to fiery crash in Lakeside
VIDEO: Authorities were searching for a motorist who fled from an overturned car Tuesday morning after crashing on a rural road in Lakeside, possibly during a race with another vehicle. It happened around 2:45 a.m. near the intersection of Wildcat Canyon and Barona roads, California Highway Patrol Officer Travis Garrow said.
- PUB DATE: 2/26/2019 10:15:40 AM - SOURCE: XETV-TV San Diego 6
Posted on Tue, 26 Feb 2019 18:15:40 GMT

Kings County Firefighter passes away after battling lung cancer
A Kings County firefighter, who spent more than a year battling lung cancer, has passed away. The Kings County Fire Department shared Saturday night that 30-year-old Keith Hernandez died early this morning at Stanford Medical Center from Rhabdomyosarcoma. He had been with the Kings County Fire Department for five years, but had also been a firefighters with the Cal Fire Sonoma Lake Napa Unit and Fresno County Fire.
- PUB DATE: 2/23/2019 8:35:56 PM - SOURCE: KFSN-TV ABC 30 Frenso/Visalia
Posted on Sun, 24 Feb 2019 04:35:56 GMT

Julian residents to decide fate of San Diego County's last volunteer fire department
This is how bad things have gotten in Julian since San Diego County took control of the region’s last volunteer fire department eight months ago. When first responders went out on a call, someone would paint over the marking that reserved the new county fire chief’s parking spot at the fire station, which used to be manned by the local volunteers who resided in the popular tourist destination.
- PUB DATE: 2/24/2019 9:39:57 AM - SOURCE: Los Angeles Times
Posted on Sun, 24 Feb 2019 17:39:57 GMT

Camp Fire 911 calls reveal clearer picture of confusion
Emergency calls offer a clearer idea of the fear and confusion that rippled through the town of Paradise as the deadliest, and most destructive fire in California history spread. Cal Fire recently released hundreds of hours of 911 calls from the Camp Fire. "It is big. It is moving. She said rapid rate of spread," one dispatcher said.
- PUB DATE: 2/24/2019 3:13:59 PM - SOURCE: KGO-TV ABC 7 San Francisco
Posted on Sun, 24 Feb 2019 23:13:59 GMT

With no cause released for Thomas Fire, lawsuits delayed for blaze, mudslide victims
The lack of release of the cause of the Thomas Fire appears to be holding up dozens of lawsuits filed against Southern California Edison over the 2017 blaze and Montecito mudslides. According to a motion filed in Los Angeles Superior Court, where the cases are being handled together, attorneys for the Ventura County Fire Protection District are trying to quash subpoenas for information within the district’s “active criminal investigation file.
- PUB DATE: 2/24/2019 9:51:26 AM - SOURCE: Ventura County Star
Posted on Sun, 24 Feb 2019 17:51:26 GMT

PG&E says it can't completely comply with wildfire prevention rules
PG&E isn’t able to always be in compliance with state rules designed to reduce wildfire risks — and neither can any utility — the embattled power behemoth stated in court papers on Friday. That unsettling disclosure was among the numerous responses from PG&E filed with a federal court that is supervising the disgraced utility’s probation in the wake of its criminal conviction for felonies it committed before and after a fatal explosion in San Bruno.
- PUB DATE: 2/23/2019 10:03:26 PM - SOURCE: Oroville Mercury-Register
Posted on Sun, 24 Feb 2019 06:03:26 GMT

Abandoned Building Catches Fire Near San Diego International Airport
An abandoned building caught fire near the San Diego International Airport Sunday morning and was quickly extinguished by crews. The San Diego Fire Department put out the blaze on Kettner Boulevard just outside downtown at around 8 a.m. Firefighters had to cut a hole in the building’s wall to get to the flames, SDFD said.
- PUB DATE: 2/24/2019 2:37:56 PM - SOURCE: KNSD-TV NBC San Diego
Posted on Sun, 24 Feb 2019 22:37:56 GMT

New chief of Ukiah Valley Fire Authority sworn in
The city of Ukiah introduced its new fire chief Wednesday at a joint meeting of the Ukiah City Council and the Ukiah Valley Fire District board of directors. “I’m very excited to be here,” Douglas Hutchison told the boards, who had graciously waited an extra 35 minutes for Hutchison’s family to travel from Lakeport so they could attend his badge-pinning ceremony.
- PUB DATE: 2/21/2019 8:56:05 PM - SOURCE: Ukiah Daily Journal
Posted on Fri, 22 Feb 2019 04:56:05 GMT

Montecito Fire Dept. Supervisor Narrowly Escaped Deadly Mudslide — Then Helped Save Dozens of Lives
VIDEO: Maeve Juarez was perched in the worst possible place, but she had no idea. In the middle of the night, the Montecito Fire Department supervisor sat in her truck waiting for the incoming rainstorm. What she didn’t know was that a massive mudslide was about to trigger a series of events that would very nearly kill her and take the lives of nearly two dozen people.
- PUB DATE: 2/22/2019 9:15:32 AM - SOURCE: KTLA-TV WB 5 Los Angeles
Posted on Fri, 22 Feb 2019 17:15:32 GMT

Antioch: Man Arrested After Setting Apartment on Fire, Assaulting Firefighters
At 2:35 am Friday, Contra Costa County Fire Protection District firefighters and Antioch Police responded to a report of a man who set his apartment on fire in the 2100 block of Peppertree Way in the City of Antioch. Firefighters responded to locate the exterior of the home on fire along with a fire in a back bedroom and as they attempted to extinguish, the male threw a book shelf out the window and began throwing items at firefighters stated Antioch Police.
- PUB DATE: 2/22/2019 5:40:43 AM - SOURCE: East County Today
Posted on Fri, 22 Feb 2019 13:40:43 GMT

Orange County Firefighters Rescue Husky From 'Ruff' Situation
VIDEO: Orange County firefighters were busy with an unusual incident Wednesday as they helped relieve a dog who got stuck in the rim of a wheel. Bam Bam, a husky from the Tustin area, was taken by his owners to a clinic, but doctors were unable to help him due to the swelling in his neck and head. “The fire department had to come in,” said Doctor Leyla Fatourechi from the VCA Orange County Veterinary Specialists, “and saw the metallic tire rim and made a slightly larger hole to get him out.
- PUB DATE: 2/21/2019 9:09:34 AM - SOURCE: KNBC-TV NBC 4 Los Angeles
Posted on Thu, 21 Feb 2019 17:09:34 GMT

Two crew members trapped under shipping container on TV shoot at Port of Los Angeles, authorities say
Two crew members were were hurt on the set of a TV shoot at the Port of Los Angeles on Thursday when their legs became trapped under a shipping container, authorities said. Firefighters quickly rescued the victims from beneath the 20-foot container about 1:30 p.m. at Berth 60 near Warehouse One, said Los Angeles Fire Department spokeswoman Amy Bastman.
- PUB DATE: 2/21/2019 5:11:30 PM - SOURCE: Long Beach Press-Telegram
Posted on Fri, 22 Feb 2019 01:11:30 GMT

Beverly Hills firefighters add nurse to paramedic teams
VIDEO: The Beverly Hills firefighter paramedics will have another person riding on board when they respond to 911 calls. The Nurse Practitioner 1 (NP1) unit will be an effort to ease the crowds in emergency rooms. "She has the ability to treat those patients that we can't do as paramedics," says firefighter paramedic Scott Marquez.
- PUB DATE: 2/21/2019 5:28:43 PM - SOURCE: ABC 7
Posted on Fri, 22 Feb 2019 01:28:43 GMT



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