Daily Dispatch: California News
Brush Fire Chars 1,260 Acres Near Hemet; 40% Contained
Thu, 17 May 2018 17:52:00 -0700
Firefighters were working to contain a large brush fire that broke out south of Hemet, in unincorporated Riverside County, on Thursday. The flames were first reported just before 2:20 p.m. in the 34000 block of Rawson Road, according to Cal Fire Riverside. Just two hours later, it had grown to 300 acres and destroyed an unoccupied structure, and by 7:20 p.
- PUB DATE: 5/17/2018 5:52:00 PM - SOURCE: KTLA-TV WB 5 Los Angeles
Stockton Warehouse Fire Spreads To Nearby Homes; 2 Firefighters Injured
Fri, 18 May 2018 08:04:04 -0700
Two firefighters were injured in a massive five-alarm fire in Stockton that forced nearby homes to evacuate. Crews were called to a mattress fire in the area of Union and Flora streets just after 9 p.m. Thursday night. Investigators say firefighters faced heavy flames when they arrived. About 400 mattresses were on fire in an open space about 100×100 feet large.
- PUB DATE: 5/18/2018 8:04:04 AM - SOURCE: KOVR-TV CBS Sacramento
Cell phones thrown in the trash are exploding, causing 5-alarm fires in garbage trunks
Fri, 18 May 2018 06:06:58 -0700
Love your electronic devices all you want, but please, please, please don’t throw them in the trash when you’re done with them. That’s a plea from makers of the lithium-ion batteries that typically power our phones, laptops and even power tools. Thrown into the trash or even the recycling bin, they can cause fires at trash and recycling centers.
- PUB DATE: 5/18/2018 6:06:58 AM - SOURCE: ABC 10
'An absolute miracle.' Two women survive 300-foot plunge into Russian River
Thu, 17 May 2018 16:44:01 -0700
Two women escaped death Tuesday when their SUV plunged down a 300-foot embankment and into the Russian River in Mendocino County. The car, which was driven by a 20-year-old woman from Las Vegas, was going southbound on Highway 101 when the driver lost control of the car and it cartwheeled down a cliff and into the river, according to the Santa Rosa Press Democrat.
- PUB DATE: 5/17/2018 4:44:01 PM - SOURCE: Sacramento Bee
Horse Stuck in Ravine Saved by Escondido Firefighters
Fri, 18 May 2018 11:15:21 -0700
Firefighters used ropes and an improvised sling to rescue a 32-year-old horse who apparently fell down a steep ravine in south Escondido, authorities said Friday. The rescue happened around 4:30 p.m. Thursday near Via Conejo, north of Lake Hodges, after the Escondido Fire Department received a call for help, Escondido fire officials said.
- PUB DATE: 5/18/2018 11:15:21 AM - SOURCE: Times of San Diego
Agua Caliente tribe donates $25,000 worth of equipment to Cathedral City Fire Department
Thu, 17 May 2018 16:50:52 -0700
The Cathedral City Fire Department recently hired and trained six new firefighter paramedics, and now, they have all the equipment necessary to put them to work. The Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians announced Thursday that it had donated $25,000 worth of protective gear to the department. Those 12 sets, six specifically designed for wildfires and six for structure fires, included boots, gloves, helmets, pants, coats and goggles.
- PUB DATE: 5/17/2018 4:50:52 PM - SOURCE: Palm Springs Desert Sun
Massive San Gabriel Valley Strip Mall Fire Under investigation
Wed, 16 May 2018 15:58:32 -0700
A fire heavily damaged a strip mall in San Gabriel Wednesday, but no one was hurt, authorities said. The fire was reported about 6:30 a.m. at the Valley & New Center mall at Valley Boulevard and New Avenue, a fire dispatcher said. The flames burned through the roof of the structure, which collapsed, and firefighters went into a defensive mote, surrounding the building and pouring water on the blaze to keep the fire from spreading to other structures.
- PUB DATE: 5/16/2018 3:58:32 PM - SOURCE: La Canada Flintridge Patch.com
Special Report: Fire victims escape after dispatchers say 'There's no fire in Bangor'
Thu, 17 May 2018 00:00:00 -0700
Residents in the small Butte County community of Bangor still tell tales about the night they escaped the LaPorte Fire that burned more than 6,100 acres and destroyed 74 structures. The wind-swept flames sent people scrambling in the middle of the night last October. Some of the fire victims said they were outraged that when they called the fire department to report the fire, many of them were told there was no fire in Bangor.
- PUB DATE: 5/17/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KRCR TV
Firefighters extinguish large fire at metal- recycling yard near El Cajon
Wed, 16 May 2018 15:01:50 -0700
A fire that erupted in a car crusher at a metal- recycling yard near El Cajon spread across the facility Wednesday afternoon, sending a column of thick black smoke over eastern San Diego County. The blaze broke out shortly after 1:30 p.m. at All Ways Metal Recycling in the 1400 block of North Magnolia Avenue in the unincorporated Bostonia community, according to San Miguel Fire & Rescue.
- PUB DATE: 5/16/2018 3:01:50 PM - SOURCE: XETV-TV San Diego 6
Media Investigation: Fire alarm tech faked certificate before deadly San Francisco Mission fire
Wed, 16 May 2018 15:47:36 -0700
A fire alarm technician with a fake certification signed off on a fire alarm system that reportedly failed during a deadly blaze in San Francisco’s Mission District in 2015. 2 Investigates found Tom Jue has been working on Bay Area fire alarms for more than a decade using another company’s license number.
- PUB DATE: 5/16/2018 3:47:36 PM - SOURCE: KTVU-TV Oakland, San Francisco, Bay Area
Disaster drill at Fresno Yosemite International Airport had emergency crews in full response mode
Wed, 16 May 2018 14:29:28 -0700
It was a drill, but the response is very real. An emergency on board a flight landing at Fresno International Airport-- with several passengers injured. Some in critical condition taken by ambulance, others were flown by helicopter to a nearby hospital and some didn't make it. This is just a simulation, but one taken very seriously.
- PUB DATE: 5/16/2018 2:29:28 PM - SOURCE: KFSN-TV ABC 30 Frenso/Visalia
Cal Fire contains fire near Indio High School, no injuries reported
Wed, 16 May 2018 13:07:21 -0700
The blaze has been contained according to Cal Fire. No injuries have been reported. Firefighters will remain on the scene for the next three hours. Cal Fire/Riverside County firefighters are responding to reports of a 3-alarm commercial structure fire in Indio. The fire was reported at 12:26 p.m. on the 81-000 block of Highway 111 near Indio High School.
- PUB DATE: 5/16/2018 1:07:21 PM - SOURCE: KESQ-TV Channel 3
Aliso Viejo deadly explosion likely an intentional act, official tells AP
Tue, 15 May 2018 16:51:02 -0700
A blast that killed one person and injured three at an Aliso Viejo building was likely an intentional act, possibly from a package, a federal official told The Associated Press. A female of undisclosed age was killed and three people were injured in the explosion at a medical building, authorities said.
- PUB DATE: 5/15/2018 4:51:02 PM - SOURCE: KABC-TV ABC 7 Los Angeles
Measure Praised by Ripon Fire District Stirs Up Controversy
Tue, 15 May 2018 20:02:20 -0700
The Ripon Fire District is not run by the city it serves, so it does not get city money. Instead, it’s financed by a small part of the property tax and a square footage assessment that hasn’t changed in over 30 years. "So, basically, you could say we’ve not had an increase in income since 1985," said Ripon Fire Chief Dennis Bitters.
- PUB DATE: 5/15/2018 8:02:20 PM - SOURCE: KTXL-TV Fox 40 Sacramento
San Diego County leaders receive $164K donation for new fire technology
Tue, 15 May 2018 14:26:51 -0700
New safety technology is coming very soon to county and rural fire agencies in San Diego. City and fire leaders received a big donation that would install new computers on all fire rigs in the back country. The County Board of Supervisors accepted two grants Tuesday totaling more than $164,000. The donations were provided by the San Diego Fire-Rescue Foundation and the San Diego Regional Fire Foundation and were made possible by San Diego Gas & Electric.
- PUB DATE: 5/15/2018 2:26:51 PM - SOURCE: KFMB-TV CBS 8 San Diego
Crews extinguish trash-fire turned structure-fire in McKinleyville
Tue, 15 May 2018 15:55:28 -0700
The Arcata Fire District (AFD) crews were able to completely extinguish a rubbish fire that got out of hand and spread to a structure in McKinleyville Monday, according to the AFD. The AFD said fire crews responded to a rubbish fire on Douglas Avenue in McKinleyville after being notified at 10:01 a.
- PUB DATE: 5/15/2018 3:55:28 PM - SOURCE: KRCR-TV ABC 7 & KCVU-TV Fox 20
San Diego Gas & Electric and firefighters brace for a rough fire season
Tue, 15 May 2018 15:25:53 -0700
Traditionally, fire season in Southern California ran from about the beginning of May through the end of November. But not anymore. Last year, for example, the Lilac Fire that swept through large parts of Bonsall, charring about 4,100 acres and destroying 157 structures, was sparked on the morning of Dec.
- PUB DATE: 5/15/2018 3:25:53 PM - SOURCE: San Diego Union-Tribune - Metered Site
Los Angeles: Neighborhoods at Risk Due to Fire Threat From Homeless Encampments
Tue, 15 May 2018 10:05:46 -0700
Incidents of fires erupting in homeless encampments in the Los Angeles area have risen sharply, creating a growing fire danger that puts homes, dry hillsides and entire neighborhoods at risk. According to Los Angeles Fire Department data analyzed by the NBC4 I-Team, 799 fires were linked to homeless encampments in 2017, including tents and empty buildings; that’s an average of more than two fires a day.
- PUB DATE: 5/15/2018 10:05:46 AM - SOURCE: KNBC-TV NBC 4 Los Angeles
Sacramento Fire Department's First Responder Fee Causes Confusion
Mon, 14 May 2018 21:02:56 -0700
Sara Moore was surprised to see a $283 medical bill from the Sacramento City Fire Department after a minor bicycle accident earlier this year. The department began assessing the fee whenever fire personnel were sent out on medical calls, whether the victims request care or not. In Moore’s case, her pulse and blood pressure were checked.
- PUB DATE: 5/14/2018 9:02:56 PM - SOURCE: KTXL-TV Fox 40 Sacramento
Shasta County: Wildfire season is officially here in the Northstate
Mon, 14 May 2018 18:43:52 -0700
Fire season formally started on Monday, May 14 which means all burning permits in the city of Redding have been suspended. Redding Fire Chief Gerry Gray issued the suspensions today after with an anticipated increase of fire activity. Chief Gray said this enables more resources to prevent and contain wildland fires throughout the county, not just Redding.
- PUB DATE: 5/14/2018 6:43:52 PM - SOURCE: KRCR-TV ABC 7 & KCVU-TV Fox 20

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