Daily Dispatch: California News
Utah Battalion Chief Matthew Burchett killed while fighting Mendocino Complex Fire
Tue, 14 Aug 2018 10:52:14 -0700
The latest firefighter killed while on duty at a California wildfire was identified Tuesday as a fire chief deployed from Utah, according to his city’s fire department and mayor. Draper City Fire Department Battalion Chief Matthew Burchett, 42, died Monday fighting the Mendocino Complex Fire, the dpeartment said in a Tuesday news release shared on Facebook.
- PUB DATE: 8/14/2018 10:52:14 AM - SOURCE: Merced Sun-Star
Napa County officials scold landfill operators after string of fires
Mon, 13 Aug 2018 16:43:49 -0700
A county-level agency ordered Clover Flat Landfill last week to take corrective measures after the latest in a string of fires at the Upvalley facility. In a Notice of Violation issued Aug. 8, the Napa County Local Enforcement Agency (LEA) that oversees the landfill south of Calistoga ordered the facility to stop processing green waste until it hires a full-time site operations manager, provides adequate water for fire suppression, and takes other steps to minimize the risk of fire.
- PUB DATE: 8/13/2018 4:43:49 PM - SOURCE: Napa Valley Register
Cloverdale Fire: Brush fire in north San Diego County investigated as arson
Tue, 14 Aug 2018 10:28:02 -0700
A fire that erupted in the San Pasqual area of north San Diego County -- the third in the area in two weeks -- is being investigated as arson. The so-called Cloverdale Fire has burned at least 90 acres and is 25 percent contained, San Diego Fire-Rescue Department officials said Tuesday morning. As of 6:30 a.
- PUB DATE: 8/14/2018 10:28:02 AM - SOURCE: KGTV-TV ABC 10 San Diego
5-Alarm Vallejo Fire Contained, Highway Ramp Reopens
Mon, 13 Aug 2018 19:59:38 -0700
A five-alarm vegetation fire in Vallejo was contained Monday evening and a state highway ramp reopened following that containment, officials with the Vallejo Fire Department and California Highway Patrol said. Danny Gutierrez, firefighter engineer and a spokesperson for the Vallejo Fire Department, said the fire was contained to five acres shortly after 5 p.
- PUB DATE: 8/13/2018 7:59:38 PM - SOURCE: KPIX-TV CBS 5 San Francisco
Fire burns through several apartments in southeast Fresno complex
Mon, 13 Aug 2018 19:24:19 -0700
Twenty-three people were left homeless Monday after a fire in southeast Fresno burned through several apartments. The fire broke out in the Vista Del Loma apartment complex near Belmont and Manila avenues. About 50 people were evacuated from their apartments after the fire broke out. Just before 10 a.
- PUB DATE: 8/13/2018 7:24:19 PM - SOURCE: KGPE-TV CBS 47 Fresno
Bodycam Video: Police Rush to Aid SPCA as Fire Approaches in Vacaville
Tue, 14 Aug 2018 10:01:01 -0700
Police body camera video captured the daring rescue of 60 cats and dogs from a Northern California animal shelter threatened by a wildfire. Video footage released by the Vacaville Police Department shows officers helping staffers at the Solano County Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals racing to get the animals out of the building on Saturday as flames from the Nelson Fire closed in on the facility.
- PUB DATE: 8/14/2018 10:01:01 AM - SOURCE: KNTV-TV NBC 11 Bay Area
Colin Stowell sworn in as next San Diego Fire Chief
Mon, 13 Aug 2018 09:41:51 -0700
Colin Stowell was sworn in Monday as chief of the San Diego Fire-Rescue Department. Following a national search that included interview panels with local firefighters, Mayor Kevin Faulconer decided a "familiar face" was the best choice to lead the department. Stowell, a San Diego native, began his career with the SDFD in 1988.
- PUB DATE: 8/13/2018 9:41:51 AM - SOURCE: KFMB-TV CBS 8 San Diego
Sonoma County fire chiefs seek $42 million cash infusion to bolster services, staffing
Mon, 13 Aug 2018 00:00:00 -0700
Fire officials on Tuesday will ask the Board of Supervisors to approve a $42 million annual plan calling for more firefighters and new fire stations to plug response holes in the county — with a recommendation of a half-cent countywide sales tax hike to voters next year to fund it. The plan would add about 175 paid firefighters, many of them paramedics, to bolster the county’s current paid firefighting force of 400.
- PUB DATE: 8/13/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Press Democrat
Ranch Fire, one of Mendocino Complex fires, is now largest in state history, Cal Fire says
Sun, 12 Aug 2018 12:34:18 -0700
The Ranch Fire, one of the Mendocino Complex fires, became the largest wildfire in California history on Sunday morning, Cal Fire confirmed. The Ranch Fire scorched 282,479 acres by Sunday morning — bypassing the previous record holder, December’s Thomas Fire, which burned 281,893 acres in Santa Barbara and Ventura counties, according to Lynne Tolmachoff, a Cal Fire spokeswoman.
- PUB DATE: 8/12/2018 12:34:18 PM - SOURCE: San Luis Obispo County Tribune
Update: Judge Rejects Plea Deals In Ghost Ship Fire
Sun, 12 Aug 2018 10:20:25 -0700
A California judge on Friday rejected the plea deals of two men who were charged with 36 counts of involuntary manslaughter after a 2016 California warehouse fire. In handing down his decision, Judge James Cramer said 48-year-old Derick Almena didn’t accept “full responsibility and remorse” for the fatal blaze which occurred during an unlicensed concert at the dilapidated Oakland warehouse known as the “Ghost Ship.
- PUB DATE: 8/12/2018 10:20:25 AM - SOURCE: KOVR-TV CBS Sacramento
Firefighters Keep Evacuated Carr Fire Family’s Pet Fish Alive
Sun, 12 Aug 2018 16:41:28 -0700
A Redding family who fled the sprawling Carr Fire returned home to find something fishy had happened while they were away. They were doubtless elated. According to a tweet from the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, the family fled the 190,000-acre blaze burning just west of Redding, in Northern California.
- PUB DATE: 8/12/2018 4:41:28 PM - SOURCE: KPIX-TV CBS 5 San Francisco
All-out aerial assault helps firefighters save homes in Holy fire as containment grows
Sun, 12 Aug 2018 09:34:55 -0700
Tera Swick watched in horror as monster flames raced down a mountain Friday morning and toward her mother’s neighborhood. She and her family had been tracking the Holy fire during the last few days, watching it gain steam then stall as it climbed through the Santa Ana Mountains from Orange County into the foothills above the Riverside County lake community.
- PUB DATE: 8/12/2018 9:34:55 AM - SOURCE: San Diego Union-Tribune
‘Can you feel that pain?’: Families of Ghost Ship victims tell of anguish at sentencing hearing
Fri, 10 Aug 2018 00:00:00 -0700
Kimberly Gregory held up an urn containing the ashes of her 20-year-old daughter Michela as she faced the men held responsible for the notorious Ghost Ship warehouse fire that killed 36 people one and a half years ago. “This is all we have left of her,” Gregory said as a somber Derick Almena and Max Harris listened inside the courtroom at their sentencing hearing Thursday.
- PUB DATE: 8/10/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: The Mercury News
Holy Fire At 18,000 Acres, Burning Close To Lake Elsinore; Thousands Evacuated
Fri, 10 Aug 2018 11:04:06 -0700
The Holy Fire burning in the Cleveland National Forest in the mountains west of Lake Elsinore has burned more than 18,000 acres - up from 10,200 acres Thursday - and as of this morning (Friday) is still only 5% contained. Worse yet, weather conditions Thursday pushed the blaze downslope into the I-15 corridor.
- PUB DATE: 8/10/2018 11:04:06 AM - SOURCE: KVCR Public Broadcasting
Santa Clara County Fire Chief retires, reflects on changes during 31-year career
Fri, 10 Aug 2018 09:14:30 -0700
Santa Clara County Fire Department Chief Kenneth R. Kehmna will retire on Aug. 12 after almost 31 years of service, much of it during some of the most devastating fires in the area. Under Kehmna’s leadership, Santa Clara County firefighters responded to the 2018 Tubbs Fire in Napa and Sonoma counties, the 2016 Loma Fire in the Santa Cruz Mountains, the 2016 Super Bowl 50 in Santa Clara, and the 2008 Summit Fire in Santa Clara County.
- PUB DATE: 8/10/2018 9:14:30 AM - SOURCE: San Jose Mercury News
Police: Vallejo mom set herself on fire, killing herself and twins
Thu, 09 Aug 2018 20:48:44 -0700
Vallejo police say a woman set herself on fire inside her home last weekend, killing herself and her twin 14-year-old daughters. Capt. Lee Horton said Thursday that 47-year-old Mau Dao’s suicide also injured her 11-year-old daughter. He says detectives are investigating the case in the Bay Area as a suicide that resulted in two homicides.
- PUB DATE: 8/9/2018 8:48:44 PM - SOURCE: San Diego Union-Tribune
In Idyllwild, the fire department helps insulate the town from wildfires but isn't insulated from politics
Fri, 10 Aug 2018 09:45:47 -0700
In unincorporated Riverside County, only three miles separate the mountain getaways of Idyllwild and Pine Cove. But the cost and quality of fire protection vary, and despite sharing a purpose and providing similar services, the towns' stations draw from different funding streams and answer to different government officials.
- PUB DATE: 8/10/2018 9:45:47 AM - SOURCE: Palm Springs Desert Sun
Coroner identifies Cal Fire mechanic killed while assigned to Carr Fire
Thu, 09 Aug 2018 00:00:00 -0700
The Tehama County Coroner's office has identified the Cal Fire mechanic killed in a collision Thursday morning. The man who died was 40-year-old Andrew Brake of Chico. The CHP said Brake had been driving northbound on Highway 99 when the Cal Fire support vehicle ran off the road, hit a tree and burst into flames.
- PUB DATE: 8/9/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KRCR TV
Families of 36 people killed in Ghost Ship fire will share their pain in sentencing hearing
Wed, 08 Aug 2018 18:44:01 -0700
Friends and families of the 36 people who died in one of California’s deadliest structure fires will get to confront the two men held responsible for the tragedy during a hearing Thursday and Friday that will close a chapter in the Ghost Ship warehouse criminal case. In addition to sharing poignant testimony about their loved ones’ lives and their feelings of loss, some family members may lash out at what they consider light sentences negotiated behind closed courtroom doors.
- PUB DATE: 8/8/2018 6:44:01 PM - SOURCE: East Bay Times
14,000 Fight California Fires, Some From Prisons or Overseas
Wed, 08 Aug 2018 19:43:29 -0700
Firefighters said for the first time Wednesday that they have made good progress battling the state's largest-ever wildfire but didn't expect to have it fully under control until September. The blaze north of San Francisco has grown to the size of Los Angeles since it started two weeks ago, fueled by dry vegetation, high winds and rugged terrain that made it too dangerous for firefighters to directly attack the flames now spanning 470 square miles.
- PUB DATE: 8/8/2018 7:43:29 PM - SOURCE: KNBC-TV NBC 4 Los Angeles