Daily Dispatch: California News
Roaring Fire Tears Through Anaheim Residential Complex, Burning Garages and Destroying Vehicles
Thu, 20 Feb 2020 21:42:32 -0800
VIDEO: Several Anaheim garages were on fire Thursday evening, sending thick clouds of smoke billowing into the air and leaving about a dozen vehicles damaged, officials said. Authorities responded to a structure fire around 6:40 p.m. at a residential complex called Summer Wind, located at 702 North Gilbert St.
- PUB DATE: 2/20/2020 9:42:32 PM - SOURCE: KTLA-TV WB 5 Los Angeles
Porterville firefighters died trying to save others inside burning library
Thu, 20 Feb 2020 18:37:36 -0800
It was a somber dawn in Porterville as the flag-draped body of 25-year-old Patrick Jones was brought out of the building where he answered his last call for service. On Thursday new details were revealed about the fallen firefighters, who were killed in a massive fire at the Porterville city library on Tuesday afternoon.
- PUB DATE: 2/20/2020 6:37:36 PM - SOURCE: KFSN-TV ABC 30 Frenso/Visalia
Watsonville fire captain saved with donated blood hopes to inspire more donations
Thu, 20 Feb 2020 18:36:16 -0800
A Watsonville fire captain who survived a near fatal hunting accident last year is hoping his story will inspire others. Danny Lucas says he owes his life to blood donors. "It started out as a beautiful morning. It was snowing. And the boys were already on the mountain and I was trying to take a picture of them and grandpa and then a shot rang out," said Lucas.
- PUB DATE: 2/20/2020 6:36:16 PM - SOURCE: KSBW-TV NBC 8 Salinas
5 People Hospitalized After Thousands of Bees Buzz Through Pasadena
Thu, 20 Feb 2020 17:44:01 -0800
VIDEO: Two firefighters, a police officer and two others were transported to a Pasadena hospital with multiple bee stings on Thursday, officials said. The Pasadena Fire Department warned of an influx of bees buzzing on Colorado Boulevard between Bonnie Avenue and Sierra Bonita Avenue, near Pasadena City College, around 4:00 p.
- PUB DATE: 2/20/2020 5:44:01 PM - SOURCE: KTLA-TV WB 5 Los Angeles
Hot spots continue to pop up after firefighters extinguish multiple fires at Stockton warehouses
Thu, 20 Feb 2020 21:43:41 -0800
Crews are still battling a blaze that destroyed three warehouses and damaged a building in Downtown Stockton. Firefighters were on scene over night, and continue to monitor the area for hot spots inside the warehouses. Nearly fourteen hours after the fire started, multiple hot spots were still flaring up.
- PUB DATE: 2/20/2020 9:43:41 PM - SOURCE: KXTV ABC 10 Sacramento
Cal Fire honors victim of Yucca Valley's historic Unigas explosion
Fri, 21 Feb 2020 01:41:28 -0800
A series of explosions resounded through Yucca Valley Friday, Feb. 20, 1970; flames erupted into the sky. It was caused by a rupture in a hose of a delivery truck that was pumping propane into a storage tank at the Unigas Inc. facility at 56667 Twentynine Palms Highway. The fire caused serious injury to two firemen, burns and injury to local firemen and volunteers and excessive damage to buildings and equipment in the east end of town.
- PUB DATE: 2/21/2020 1:41:28 AM - SOURCE: Yucca Valley Hi-Desert Star
Porterville library fire: Community mourns fallen firefighters; 2 teens will not be tried as adults
Thu, 20 Feb 2020 07:00:09 -0800
The Porterville Fire Department and the community are mourning the loss of two firefighters that were killed in a massive fire at the Porterville city library on Tuesday afternoon. In a press conference Thursday morning, fire officials said after crews arrived on Tuesday, they were unable to confirm if everyone was out of the building, Fire Capt.
- PUB DATE: 2/20/2020 7:00:09 AM - SOURCE: KFSN-TV ABC 30 Frenso/Visalia
Related: Family and friends remember fire captain killed in Porterville library fire
Wed, 19 Feb 2020 16:39:58 -0800
As crews dig through charred debris, a community is mourning the loss of a hero. "It doesn't feel real," says Saidee Espinoza, Porterville Fire Capt. Raymond Figueroa's sister. "It doesn't." Just yards from where his brother took his final breath, Zach Figueroa and his fiance, Saidee, paid tribute to the fallen fire captain.
- PUB DATE: 2/19/2020 4:39:58 PM - SOURCE: KFSN-TV ABC 30 Frenso/Visalia
Trapped paraglider rescued from power lines near Yuba County Airport
Thu, 20 Feb 2020 07:45:29 -0800
Emergency crews rescued a paraglider after he became trapped in power lines near the Yuba County Airport. Just after 5 p.m. Wednesday, the Yuba County Sheriff's Office says they got a call about a paraglider who had crashed on Sky Harbor Drive near Arboga Road. The paraglider was struggling to land in the area when he became entangled in nearby power lines, according to the sheriff's office.
- PUB DATE: 2/20/2020 7:45:29 AM - SOURCE: KTXL-TV FOX 40 Sacramento
Judge Slams PG&E For Falling 'Far Behind' In Wildfire Mitigation
Wed, 19 Feb 2020 16:37:31 -0800
A federal judge sharply criticized PG&E at a hearing in San Francisco on Wednesday, saying that the utility had fallen "far behind" in complying with its wildfire mitigation plan. U.S. District Judge William Alsup spoke during a hearing on whether he should order PG&E to hire and train its own crew of tree trimmers in addition to using contractors to remove trees that could spark fires by falling on electrical lines.
- PUB DATE: 2/19/2020 4:37:31 PM - SOURCE: San Anselmo-Fairfax Patch
Los Angeles County fire chief asks homeowners to raise $134 million by passing tax Measure FD
Wed, 19 Feb 2020 19:42:41 -0800
Los Angeles County Fire Chief Daryl Osby is asking voters to pass Measure FD, a parcel tax he says is necessary to fund his department for the future, adding paramedics, improving the 911 system, upgrading firefighting equipment, combating devastating wildfires and keeping up with substantial increases in medical calls for service.
- PUB DATE: 2/19/2020 7:42:41 PM - SOURCE: Long Beach Press-Telegram - Metered Site
Goats, sheep helping prevent future wildfires by clearing out open space in Rocklin
Wed, 19 Feb 2020 21:41:03 -0800
It's one of the driest Februarys on record in Northern California and fire crews are working to clear brush ahead of the 2020 wildfire season. But it's not just humans working to protect communities. Goats and sheep have taken over an open space in Rocklin's Whitney Ranch doing what they do best — eating.
- PUB DATE: 2/19/2020 9:41:03 PM - SOURCE: KXTV ABC 10 Sacramento
Two teens arrested in deadly Porterville Library fire that killed two firefighters
Wed, 19 Feb 2020 00:00:00 -0800
Two 13-year-olds have been arrested and booked on suspicion of arson and manslaughter charges in a deadly fire on Tuesday that claimed the lives of two firefighters and destroyed the Porterville Library. Tuesday’s blaze started shortly after 4 p.m. The man killed has been identified as Fire Capt. Raymond Figueroa, 35.
- PUB DATE: 2/19/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Visalia Times Delta
Fire crews work to prevent future wildfires amid dry streak in Northern California
Tue, 18 Feb 2020 20:43:24 -0800
Northern California is having its driest February since 1864, making conditions ideal for wildfires. That's why firefighters have been working to minimize the blow one could bring to an area near Colfax. For 10 months the crews, led by Cal Fire, have been working to create a shaded fuel break — cutting, chipping, burning and clearing dangerous vegetation in Placer County’s North Fork American Canyon that could add fuel to a wildfire.
- PUB DATE: 2/18/2020 8:43:24 PM - SOURCE: KXTV ABC 10 Sacramento
New Fires becoming more toxic, firefighter cancer rates rising
Tue, 18 Feb 2020 17:09:32 -0800
Fighting fires is just one of the health risks firefighters endure while on the job. Now as more and more synthetics are being used in everyday home goods, cancer risks are growing even higher for firefighters. The Kern County Fire Department is doing everything they can to help protect its members.
- PUB DATE: 2/18/2020 5:09:32 PM - SOURCE: KBAK-TV & KBFX-TV Bakersfield Now
Former Apple Valley Fire Protection District chief goes 'off the beaten path' in search of High Desert history
Tue, 18 Feb 2020 19:47:13 -0800
Sid Hultquist said he was relaxing one day after a long hike while camping on an old wagon trail in Death Valley when something unexpected happened. A somewhat uninspiring desert vista changed, almost instantly, as the sun began to set. “Suddenly all of these flowers bloomed, and came to life and exploded,” said the former fire chief of the Apple Valley Fire Protection District.
- PUB DATE: 2/18/2020 7:47:13 PM - SOURCE: Victorville Daily Press
San Diego Firefighters Rescue Man Who Got Stuck on Top of Border Wall
Tue, 18 Feb 2020 14:43:50 -0800
PHOTOS: One person had to be rescued after getting stuck atop a section of the border wall in Otay Mesa, San Diego County fire officials said. Just after 5:40 a.m., firefighters were dispatched to assist the U.S. Border Patrol in helping the stranded individual, according to a Facebook post from Cal Fire/San Diego County Fire.
- PUB DATE: 2/18/2020 2:43:50 PM - SOURCE: KTLA-TV WB 5 Los Angeles
Contra Costa County Fire Protection District adds 22 firefighters
Wed, 19 Feb 2020 02:34:45 -0800
The Contra Costa County Fire Protection District added 22 probationary firefighters to its ranks upon the graduation of Academy 54 recruits Feb. 13 in Walnut Creek. The probationary firefighters will fill slots due to retirements, the increased staffing of the district's truck companies to four personnel and the reopening of fire stations - including Fire Station 16 in Lafayette last September.
- PUB DATE: 2/19/2020 2:34:45 AM - SOURCE: Lamorinda Weekly
Riverside leaders seeking solutions to increase in homeless-related fires in Santa Ana River bottom
Mon, 17 Feb 2020 20:21:11 -0800
Riverside residents and city leaders are looking for solutions at the heels of nearly two dozen fires that have ignited in the Santa Ana River bottom, an area heavy with homeless encampments, since the beginning of the year. Some of the fires have threatened homes in the area, prompting frustration from many.
- PUB DATE: 2/17/2020 8:21:11 PM - SOURCE: KABC-TV ABC 7 News
Antelope Fire near Tahoe raises concerns of intense fire season
Mon, 17 Feb 2020 18:38:26 -0800
A wildfire in Tahoe National Forest is grabbing the attention of weather experts in California. The Antelope Fire in Sierra County broke out Monday afternoon and quickly grew to 120 acres before fire crews got a handle on the blaze. ABC7 News Meteorologist Drew Tuma tweeted a timelapse video showing the smoldering fire.
- PUB DATE: 2/17/2020 6:38:26 PM - SOURCE: KGO-TV ABC 7 San Francisco
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