Daily Dispatch: California News
Stanislaus Consolidated seeks stability with new chief after shaky recent history
Tue, 15 Jan 2019 00:00:00 -0800
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
Suspect shot after 2 women stabbed in Vacaville house fire
Tue, 15 Jan 2019 00:00:00 -0800
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
Destruction of Paradise fire spurs rush to build fuel breaks
Tue, 15 Jan 2019 07:13:26 -0800
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
Shasta County: Man arrested after refusing commands, delaying firefighters' response to house fire
Tue, 15 Jan 2019 05:10:45 -0800
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
Fire destroys only funeral home on the Mendocino Coast
Tue, 15 Jan 2019 02:53:06 -0800
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
Heavy rain in California could cause mudslides and flooding in wildfire-scarred areas
Tue, 15 Jan 2019 00:00:00 -0800
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
1 Dead in 2-Alarm Blaze at San Jose Apartment Building
Mon, 14 Jan 2019 08:48:27 -0800
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
Arson fire destroys up to 7 vehicles in Ontario hotel parking lot; man arrested
Mon, 14 Jan 2019 04:50:36 -0800
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
VIDEO: 'I'm still trying to process everything.' Davis Fire Chief says it's an emotional time
Sat, 12 Jan 2019 19:39:29 -0800
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
PG&E to file for Chapter 11 bankruptcy, CEO resigns
Mon, 14 Jan 2019 05:05:17 -0800
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
South Lake Tahoe Home Burns In Reported Drug Explosion
Sat, 12 Jan 2019 16:00:38 -0800
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
GoatFundMe: Nevada City Wants To Prevent Wildfires With the Help Of Goats
Mon, 14 Jan 2019 00:00:00 -0800
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
Shift Captain Hoover ends last shift after 22 years in Maricopa
Fri, 11 Jan 2019 01:46:17 -0800
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
Santa Ana man accused of setting fire to neighbor's property
Fri, 11 Jan 2019 04:17:29 -0800
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
House sprinkler, firefighters quick response help keep vehicle fire from spreading to Redding home
Thu, 10 Jan 2019 13:12:11 -0800
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
Firefighter Proposes to His Girlfriend After Faking Blaze at Their House
Thu, 10 Jan 2019 15:47:58 -0800
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
PG&E suffers fresh downgrade, wildfire liability estimated to be “at least” $15 billion
Fri, 11 Jan 2019 10:47:01 -0800
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
Judge Proposes Ordering PG&E to Shut Off Power During Certain Conditions to Help Prevent Wildfires
Thu, 10 Jan 2019 08:36:59 -0800
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
CHP tries to ID woman driving stolen Truckee Fire Protection District vehicle that crashed
Thu, 10 Jan 2019 00:00:00 -0800
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
Former Morro Bay Fire captain fighting to get his job back
Wed, 09 Jan 2019 14:03:39 -0800
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
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