Daily Dispatch: California News
'Devastating' Flames Displace Solana Beach Condo Residents
Tue, 12 Nov 2019 22:45:13 -0800
VIDEO: Flames tore through a Solana Beach condo complex Tuesday night forcing residents and neighbors to evacuate while firefighters scrambled to protect their property. The fire sparked at around 9 p.m. at the Del Mar Beach Club condo complex at 760 Pacific Surf Drive, according to the San Diego County Sheriff's Department (SDSO).
- PUB DATE: 11/12/2019 10:45:13 PM - SOURCE: KNSD-TV NBC 7 San Diego
Ham Radio still important during Mendocino County emergencies
Tue, 12 Nov 2019 16:36:02 -0800
During the Public Safety Power Shutoff in late October, many commonly used communication systems were greatly affected. The licensed amateur radio or “ham” radio community saw a sharp rise in participation at this time. When an event or local disaster such as wildfire takes place, the ham radio network becomes a vital method of communicating locally and countywide to deliver and receive information about what is going on.
- PUB DATE: 11/12/2019 4:36:02 PM - SOURCE: Ukiah Daily Journal
Bureau of Indian Affairs says arson suspected in Martinez Fire at Thermal dump that's been burning for a month
Tue, 12 Nov 2019 17:47:54 -0800
The suspected cause of the long-burning Martinez Fire on the Torres-Martinez Desert Cahuilla Indians reservation is arson, according to the Bureau of Indian Affairs. The fire at the Sun Valley Recycling Center in Thermal has now been burning for one month. The fire is completely contained and 98% controlled, with some hot spots still burning inside mulch piles at the site.
- PUB DATE: 11/12/2019 5:47:54 PM - SOURCE: Palm Springs Desert Sun
Kincade Fire Clean Up Efforts Continue With Hazardous Waste Sweep
Tue, 12 Nov 2019 14:23:32 -0800
Recovery efforts continued Tuesday in areas impacted by the Kincade Fire as the Sonoma County Board of Supervisors worked toward making their community more fire safe. Tuesday morning, the board approved a one-half cent sales tax measure for wildfire prevention, emergency alerts, and response that will be on the ballot next March.
- PUB DATE: 11/12/2019 2:23:32 PM - SOURCE: KPIX-TV CBS 5 San Francisco
Update: PG&E equipment the cause of Lafayette Tennis Club fire
Wed, 13 Nov 2019 01:42:49 -0800
Major fires the last Sunday of October pushed the Contra Costa County Fire Protection District to its limits and caused the evacuation of thousands of residents in Lafayette, all part of possibly the busiest day in the fire district's history. "We faced an historic and massive challenge Oct. 27, the likes of which we have not encountered before and one that could have turned out much differently in loss of property and even life," ConFire Chief Lewis Broschard said.
- PUB DATE: 11/13/2019 1:42:49 AM - SOURCE: Lamorinda Weekly
Prescribed burn near Los Alamos escapes control, burns 20 to 50 acres
Wed, 13 Nov 2019 02:20:58 -0800
A prescribed burn that started Tuesday on a ranch near Los Alamos escaped control about 3:45 p.m. Tuesday, prompting a call for multiple fire engines and aerial tankers to respond as the uncontrolled blaze quickly grew, according to emergency radio traffic. Although radio broadcasts from firefighters said it went from 20 to 50 acres in a short time, public information officer Mike Eliason said it was 10 to 20 acres on his Twitter account.
- PUB DATE: 11/13/2019 2:20:58 AM - SOURCE: Santa Ynez Valley News
Dry conditions spark continued concerns of flare-ups from brush fires around Los Angeles area
Mon, 11 Nov 2019 14:14:00 -0800
Fire crews continued Monday to battle two brush fires that erupted in Los Angeles over the weekend, with areas of extremely dry brush sparking concerns of potential flare-ups. Firefighters worked to clear a ring of vegetation around an 80-acre brush fire in the Hollywood Hills near Burbank and Universal City, fire officials said.
- PUB DATE: 11/11/2019 2:14:00 PM - SOURCE: KABC-TV ABC 7 Los Angeles
Female fire helicopter pilot is on California's front line of attack
Tue, 12 Nov 2019 06:46:17 -0800
VIDEO: Smoke plumes and an orange glow render the typically picturesque tree-lined view above hazy mountains into a nightmarish, apocalyptic scene. Shouts declaring "brush fire!," echo over radios. Firefighters swarm a helicopter and fire helicopter pilot Desiree Horton as she prepares for liftoff. “This is a dangerous job,” Horton said.
- PUB DATE: 11/12/2019 6:46:17 AM - SOURCE: ABC News
Mt. Konocti fire tower closed as unsafe after dozens of wildfire spottings
Mon, 11 Nov 2019 13:05:21 -0800
The fire lookout tower atop Mount Konocti, whose volunteers have reported dozens of just-started fires in the past five seasons, has been declared unsafe and is now shut down. The tower had been reopened in 2015 by the volunteer group Forest Fire Lookout Association after 12 years out of service. The inspection that found the safety issues was prompted by the resumption of tour buses to Mount Konocti, on Clear Lake’s west shore.
- PUB DATE: 11/11/2019 1:05:21 PM - SOURCE: Lakeport Lake County Record-Bee - Metered Site
Police arrest 3 students suspected of burglarizing Sonoma State University dorms during wildfire evacuation
Sun, 10 Nov 2019 11:07:59 -0800
Three Sonoma State University students are under arrest, suspected of burglarizing up to two dozen dorm rooms during the Kincade Fire. Campus police detained Daryl Livington Reems, Jose Ricardo Rubio and Lamont Bryan Paxton as the men drove away from campus. The campus was vacated at the time due to the Kincade Fire and PG&E power shutoffs.
- PUB DATE: 11/10/2019 11:07:59 AM - SOURCE: KGO-TV ABC 7 San Francisco
Update: Widow Sues Boat Owner in Diving Boat Fire That Killed 34 off Santa Barbara Coast
Mon, 11 Nov 2019 16:42:00 -0800
The widow of a passenger who died in a fiery dive boat disaster that killed 34 people in the waters off California sued the vessel's owners Monday. Christine Dignam, whose husband, Justin Dignam, died when the Conception caught fire Sept. 2 off the Santa Barbara coast, claimed that the boat was unsafe.
- PUB DATE: 11/11/2019 4:42:00 PM - SOURCE: KNBC-TV NBC 4 Los Angeles
Traffic in Cajon Pass Jammed After Big Rig, Vehicle Go Over Side of 15 Freeway in Fiery Crash
Tue, 12 Nov 2019 08:45:51 -0800
A big rig and a vehicle went over the side of the 15 Freeway in the Cajon Pass, heavily damaging the guardrail and prompting lane closures that jammed traffic Tuesday morning. The fiery crash occurred on the northbound 15 just north of State Route 138 around 5:30 a.m. when the semi-truck apparently lost control and struck the vehicle, according to the California Highway Patrol’s incident log.
- PUB DATE: 11/12/2019 8:45:51 AM - SOURCE: KTLA-TV WB 5 Los Angeles
Pilot Dies After Single-Engine Plane Crashes Into Upland Home and Sets It Ablaze
Fri, 08 Nov 2019 00:00:00 -0800
A pilot died after crashing a single-engine plane into a home in Upland, setting it ablaze Thursday morning as two people inside managed to escape unharmed, authorities said. The plane was leaving Cable Airport in Upland when it collided into the house, according to the Federal Aviation Administration.
- PUB DATE: 11/8/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KTLA 5 News
When Hollywood and firefighters come together to keep it make-believe
Thu, 07 Nov 2019 18:37:31 -0800
Some Hollywood showmanship was applied to teaching firefighters from across California and points beyond how to keep movies and TV locations safe Thursday. At the Burbank Fire Department’s helipads in the city’s northern hills, dozens of aspiring on-set fire safety officers completed an annual, three-day training program by watching industry experts shoot firearms, blow off pyrotechnics and set a stunt man ablaze – then safely put him out.
- PUB DATE: 11/7/2019 6:37:31 PM - SOURCE: Pasadena Star-News - Metered Site
Paradise regained: A year after the Camp Fire, a resilient town rebuilds
Fri, 08 Nov 2019 00:00:00 -0800
Doug Sloan remembers the silence. After California's deadliest and most destructive wildfire raced through the Sierra Nevada foothills one year ago, all but destroying his hometown, everything went silent. No birds chirped. No car engines roared. No tree leaves rustled in the wind. While evidence of the Camp Fire remains in the charred and blackened trees that dot the landscape, in the rubble of buildings not yet cleared and in store signs that lead to empty parking lots, residents and officials say they are working hard to rebuild this rural community 170 miles northeast of San Francisco.
- PUB DATE: 11/8/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: NBC News
Specialized training for Butte County Cal Fire Firefighters
Thu, 07 Nov 2019 17:56:11 -0800
The Butte County Cal Fire Technical Rescue Team is taking time this week to focus on their various rope rescues. Every month they train for a day or two, but in November they take a full week to work on rope rescues. Action News Now Reporter Amy Lanski took part, to see how the team rescues someone in a confined space.
- PUB DATE: 11/7/2019 5:56:11 PM - SOURCE: KHSL-TV CBS 12 Action News Now
Deputies Searching for Arson Suspect Who Torched a Vista Deli
Thu, 07 Nov 2019 18:43:21 -0800
The search is on for the person who torched a popular liquor store and deli Thursday morning in the North County. It happened just before 4:20 a.m. at Barno’s Liquor and Deli on South Santa Fe Avenue and Azalea Drive in Vista. Incredible video shows several fires, both inside and outside the shop. A pile of debris can be seen on fire outside the store while an orange inferno burns on the inside.
- PUB DATE: 11/7/2019 6:43:21 PM - SOURCE: KNSD-TV NBC San Diego
Audit shows Los Angeles firefighter was paid $360G in overtime last fiscal year
Wed, 06 Nov 2019 17:45:28 -0800
A Los Angeles firefighter received more than $360,010 in overtime last fiscal year, a city audit found Wednesday, according to a report. The audit reported that 18 other Los Angeles Fire Department (LAFD) employees received more than $200,000 in overtime pay and 90 percent of police and fire employees received some amount of overtime, the Los Angeles Times reported.
- PUB DATE: 11/6/2019 5:45:28 PM - SOURCE: Fox News
No Going Back After Woolsey: How The Monster Changed Firefighting
Thu, 07 Nov 2019 09:26:32 -0800
It was a breezy fall afternoon, when Los Angeles County Fire Department Assistant Fire Chief Patrick Errett sat down to a lengthy staff meeting with fire officials from across the region. Suddenly, the room erupted into a cacophony of pagers all buzzing at the same time. One by one, firefighters began checking the alert — and within seconds, they were running out the door and jumping into their cars, heading westbound on the 101 Freeway.
- PUB DATE: 11/7/2019 9:26:32 AM - SOURCE: La Canada Flintridge Patch
Podcast: What the Hal? New aircrafts being used by Cal Fire, LA County to fight wildfires
Wed, 06 Nov 2019 17:44:08 -0800
California is in the middle of wildfire season and it seems each year is worse than before. Luckily, firefighters throughout the state are getting some relief. Cal Fire is adding 19 new aircrafts to its fleet and LA County Fire is getting a new Blackhawk. But even with all the added tools --- firefighters say the best thing when a fire breaks is for residents to be prepared and ready to evacuate.
- PUB DATE: 11/6/2019 5:44:08 PM - SOURCE: KTTV-TV MyFox 11 Los Angeles
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