Daily Dispatch: California News
Why did fire investigators remove PG&E transmission tower part in Camp Fire probe?
Fri, 07 Dec 2018 00:00:00 -0800
Cal Fire investigators removed a cross arm from the PG&E transmission tower that malfunctioned minutes before the Camp Fire ignited, an attorney said Wednesday, raising questions about whether the tower’s age may have caused the failure and possibly sparked the state’s deadliest wildfire. Attorney Frank Pitre said the arm, attached to a “jumper line,” which helps transition power on the 115,000-volt transmission line, was removed by investigators as part of their probe into what may have ignited the Camp Fire on Nov.
- PUB DATE: 12/7/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Vallejo Times-Herald
Contra Costa County Fire Chief Jeff Carman to depart in March
Fri, 07 Dec 2018 00:00:00 -0800
Contra Costa County Fire Protection District Chief Jeff Carman announced his retirement to his staff, officials and district residents on Dec. 7. “It is with mixed emotions that I write this message to inform all of you that I plan to retire on March 29, 2019," wrote the chief. “This year marks my 35th year in the fire service.
- PUB DATE: 12/7/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Lamorinda Weekly
Firefighters help stranded residents escape flooded areas near Lake Elsinore
Thu, 06 Dec 2018 18:50:54 -0800
About 20 people needed help from Cal Fire Riverside in escaping flooded areas surrounding their homes just northeast of Lake Elsinore on Thursday afternoon. Capt. Fernando Herrera, spokesman for Cal Fire Riverside, said people were stranded on Cobblestone Road, near Grand Avenue and Toft Drive in Lake Elsinore.
- PUB DATE: 12/6/2018 6:50:54 PM - SOURCE: Riverside Press-Enterprise
Oxnard police officers and firefighters take kids shopping for Christmas
Thu, 06 Dec 2018 17:24:51 -0800
A shopping spree for several Oxnard kids took place Thursday morning inside Target at The Collection. Shop till you drop took on a whole new meaning Thursday morning inside Target. Thirty-two students from Oxnard elementary schools had the opportunity to shop with some special elves. It’s part of the annual Heroes and Helpers Event put on by the Oxnard Police and Fire Department.
- PUB DATE: 12/6/2018 5:24:51 PM - SOURCE: KEYT-TV ABC 3 Santa Barbara
Four fire safe grants awarded for Napa County projects
Thu, 06 Dec 2018 15:39:58 -0800
California Fire Safe Council announced 45 projects, including four that benefit Napa County, have been selected for funding for the 2018 Grants Clearinghouse Fire Prevention Program. The council approved $4.795 million in federal funds to support wildfire risk reduction projects in at-risk communities in 30 counties across California.
- PUB DATE: 12/6/2018 3:39:58 PM - SOURCE: Napa Valley Register
New Ambulance Contract Approved In Alameda County
Thu, 06 Dec 2018 14:58:59 -0800
Unless a last-minute change in contract terms scuttles the deal, 911 emergency ambulance calls in most of Alameda County will be answered by a new service provider beginning next July. County supervisors Tuesday approved a five-year contract giving Falck Northern California, a subsidiary of a Danish-owned multinational healthcare corporation, the exclusive right to provide emergency service in all areas of the county except for the Cities of Alameda, Albany, Berkeley and Piedmont which provide their own ambulances.
- PUB DATE: 12/6/2018 2:58:59 PM - SOURCE: Albany Patch.com
Santa Cruz Fire Chief Jim Frawley to retire, work for Facebook
Wed, 05 Dec 2018 16:52:34 -0800
Just short of four years after a national recruitment brought Jim Frawley to Santa Cruz in 2015, the city fire chief has announced his pending retirement. Frawley’s last day with the city is scheduled as Jan. 3. The 52-year-old told the Sentinel during an interview in 2017 that “the chief stays as long as the community and department wants you,” but said Wednesday that a third circumstance had intervened: A “dream job” offer from Facebook, headquartered in Menlo Park.
- PUB DATE: 12/5/2018 4:52:34 PM - SOURCE: Santa Cruz Sentinel
Chico Firefighters Facing Fatigue After Camp Fire; Chief Wants More Staff
Wed, 05 Dec 2018 18:41:03 -0800
Firefighters are subject to fatigue. Some of them have worked as many as 17 days in a row recently, battling the Camp Fire. Firefighters during the Camp Fire worked 12 hours a day, in addition to travel time and planning meetings. Chico Fire Chief Steve Standridge says this a big concern for him because the city's fire department is already understaffed.
- PUB DATE: 12/5/2018 6:41:03 PM - SOURCE: KHSL-TV CBS 12 Action News Now
Rincon Fire Department ISO rating puts it among top 2 percent in nation
Wed, 05 Dec 2018 13:05:30 -0800
The Insurance Services Organization (ISO) has awarded a Class 2 Rating to the Rincon Fire Department. The ISO is a nationwide rating service used by insurance companies to help establish local business and residential property insurance rates. The Class 2 rating is the second-highest possible rating that can be given to any fire department nationwide.
- PUB DATE: 12/5/2018 1:05:30 PM - SOURCE: Valley Roadrunner
New Study Explains Creation Of Deadly 'Firenado' From Carr Fire in Shasta County
Wed, 05 Dec 2018 20:10:34 -0800
A rare fire tornado that raged during this summer’s deadly Carr Fire in Northern California was created by a combination of scorching weather, erratic winds and an ice-topped cloud that towered miles into the atmosphere, according to a study announced Wednesday. The churning funnel of smoke and flame killed a firefighter as it exploded in what already was a vast and devastating wildfire in July on the edge of Redding, about 250 miles (400 kilometers) north of San Francisco.
- PUB DATE: 12/5/2018 8:10:34 PM - SOURCE: KOVR-TV CBS Sacramento
Massive Contra Costa arson case: Man guilty of 31 counts
Thu, 06 Dec 2018 09:59:17 -0800
A jury convicted a Pittsburg man of 31 counts related to car fires all around Contra Costa County on Tuesday, in what authorities call the biggest serial arson case in the county’s history. James Bishop III, 38, now faces 20 years in prison after being convicted of multiple counts of arson and possession of flammable material.
- PUB DATE: 12/6/2018 9:59:17 AM - SOURCE: East Bay Times
Before Heart Surgery, Boy Gets to Ride Along with Sacramento First Responders
Wed, 05 Dec 2018 18:55:04 -0800
In his nine years of life, Zebediah "Zeb" Wells has gone through what many people may never experience in an entire lifetime. He underwent his first open heart surgery at just 5 days old then another one at 9 months old. He's also endured two surgeries to his skull. This Friday, Zebediah will undergo another surgery to his heart to make some necessary repairs.
- PUB DATE: 12/5/2018 6:55:04 PM - SOURCE: KTXL-TV Fox 40 Sacramento
L.A. County supervisors to spend $4.5 million studying 'new realities' in fire service
Wed, 05 Dec 2018 00:00:00 -0800
The Board of Supervisors unanimously approved a $4.5-million plan Tuesday to reduce the strain on the Los Angeles County Fire Department, which responds to devastating incidents such as the Woolsey fire but also provides 24-hour emergency services across 2,300 square miles. The supervisors’ plan seeks to educate the public and leaders in the 59 municipalities the department serves about the “new realities” in staffing, equipment and facilities — and to gather their input about their experiences during recent fires.
- PUB DATE: 12/5/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Los Angeles Times
Structure Losses in Malibu Wildfire Topped $1.6 Billion: Report
Wed, 05 Dec 2018 00:00:00 -0800
At least 670 structures were destroyed inside the Malibu city limits in last month's Woolsey fire, including more than 400 single-family homes with an estimated market value of at least $1.6 billion, it was reported Monday morning. The Los Angeles Times reported that the estimates are based on an analysis of aerial imagery and property records conducted by The Times and Zillow, the real estate website.
- PUB DATE: 12/5/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KNSD-TV NBC San Diego
Firefighters talk about forming a circle of engines to shelter people from the Camp Fire
Tue, 04 Dec 2018 15:35:39 -0800
Among the heroes in the Camp Fire were a group of Cal Fire firefighters from the Shasta-Trinity unit who formed a circle of engines in Paradise in order to save dozens of people fleeing from the unforgiving blaze. Even though it was 9 a.m., it felt like midnight, according to Chief Ken Lowe with Cal Fire Battalion II out of Jones Valley in Shasta County.
- PUB DATE: 12/4/2018 3:35:39 PM - SOURCE: KRCR-TV ABC 7 & KCVU-TV Fox 20
Valley of the Moon fire district voters barely reject tax measure
Tue, 04 Dec 2018 20:24:00 -0800
Voters in Valley of the Moon narrowly rejected a tax measure to raise funds for fire services in their area of eastern Sonoma County, while voters in the Rancho Adobe and Monte Rio fire districts approved measures to boost fire budgets in their areas. The outcomes came as Sonoma County’s officials this week released final results from the Nov.
- PUB DATE: 12/4/2018 8:24:00 PM - SOURCE: Santa Rosa Press Democrat
Some Paradise residents allowed to return home after Camp Fire
Wed, 05 Dec 2018 08:03:49 -0800
The Butte County Sheriff's Office is allowing some residents of Paradise to return home after the Camp Fire nearly destroyed the community. The Sheriff's Office said Wednesday that evacuation orders will be lifted for some neighborhoods in Paradise. Authorities noted, however, that areas where evacuation orders are being lifted may have "very limited services.
- PUB DATE: 12/5/2018 8:03:49 AM - SOURCE: KCRA 3
Drug lab blast rocks Larkfield neighborhood
Tue, 04 Dec 2018 14:00:09 -0800
A Larkfield man remained in custody Tuesday morning, suspected of having a garage drug lab that caused a small explosion. The loud noise generated 911 calls about 10:30 p.m Sunday, bringing Sonoma County deputies and firefighters to the Corbett Circle address. Deputies found Thomas Tuttle, 64, outside the house, reeling from the explosion, sheriff’s Sgt.
- PUB DATE: 12/4/2018 2:00:09 PM - SOURCE: Santa Rosa Press Democrat
Report supports privatizing EMS dispatch; Solano fire chiefs oppose
Tue, 04 Dec 2018 05:38:33 -0800
A county-led agency has proposed privatizing the emergency medical dispatch services among its 15 recommendations in a draft report first released in October. It is a recommendation that has been met with some opposition, including by Supervisor Monica Brown, who outlined her concerns in a letter she released Friday.
- PUB DATE: 12/4/2018 5:38:33 AM - SOURCE: Fairfield Daily Republic
One dead in house fire in Palermo
Mon, 03 Dec 2018 18:36:47 -0800
An elderly man died in a house fire Monday afternoon in Palermo, officials said. The incident happened about 2:30 p.m. on Wheeler Avenue off the 6100 block of Upper Palermo Road, where firefighters confronted heavy smoke and fire in a single-story home, said Tony Brownell, battalion chief for Cal Fire-Butte County.
- PUB DATE: 12/3/2018 6:36:47 PM - SOURCE: Oroville Mercury-Register

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