Daily Dispatch: California News
Flare-up at Southern California fire as blaze in the north becomes deadliest in state history
Mon, 12 Nov 2018 22:22:17 -0800
As thousands of exhausted firefighters appeared to be getting a handle Tuesday on two massive wildfires at opposite ends of California, officials warned of howling winds that could spawn more monster blazes with the slightest spark. Firefighters battling the Camp Fire in Northern California and the Woolsey Fire in Southern California had both blazes at least 30 percent contained on Tuesday morning, according to the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, also known as Cal Fire.
- PUB DATE: 11/12/2018 10:22:17 PM - SOURCE: ABC News
Pulga woman: PG&E told her it needed to fix transmission tower problem day before Camp Fire started
Tue, 13 Nov 2018 10:37:26 -0800
The day before a PG&E transmission line may have sparked the state’s most destructive wildfire in history, a business owner in this tiny town near the Camp Fire’s origin received an email from the utility. The company said they’d be coming out to work on one of their towers Thursday, implying they had to fix a problem, said Betsy Ann Cowley, owner of the Town of Pulga, a retreat popular with techies.
- PUB DATE: 11/13/2018 10:37:26 AM - SOURCE: Paradise Post
Rescues, not firefight, prove emotional for firefighters
Tue, 13 Nov 2018 00:00:00 -0800
Casey Peck had never prayed so hard. His fire engine was trapped with dozens of cars and panicked people as an inferno roared through the Sierra Nevada foothills town of Paradise on Thursday, hot enough to peel the firetruck’s paint and melt its hoses, blowing relief valves designed to withstand 900 degrees and immolating nearby vehicles.
- PUB DATE: 11/13/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: AP News
Woolsey Fire puts estimated 15,858 homes, worth $26.6 billion, at risk
Mon, 12 Nov 2018 19:31:34 -0800
Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG) The Woolsey Fire is putting 15,858 homes worth $26.6 billion at risk, according to an estimate by real estate tracker Trulia. Two people have been killed by the fire in Los Angeles and Ventura counties, and 370 structures have been destroyed. Trulia says as of Monday morning, the median value of the homes on the perimeter of the fire is roughly $1.
- PUB DATE: 11/12/2018 7:31:34 PM - SOURCE: Whittier Daily News
Chula Vista nonprofit destroyed by arson fire
Mon, 12 Nov 2018 19:36:03 -0800
The Alliance of Californians for Community Empowerment (ACCE) has been active in San Diego for nearly a decade and was leading the fight for rent control in the election only days ago. Now the Chula Vista nonprofit is reduced to ashes after investigators say someone deliberately set their office on fire.
- PUB DATE: 11/12/2018 7:36:03 PM - SOURCE: XETV-TV San Diego 6
Extremely critical fire risk in California as Arctic cold heads for Northeast
Tue, 13 Nov 2018 10:39:22 -0800
As firefighters continue battling blazes in California that have claimed at least 44 lives, conditions in Southern California have worsened. In San Diego County, the fire risk today is extremely critical, the highest level issued by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. "Vary rapid fire growth, extreme fire behavior is expected," according to a report by the National Weather Service.
- PUB DATE: 11/13/2018 10:39:22 AM - SOURCE: KGO-TV ABC 7 San Francisco
'Pretty much, Paradise is destroyed:' sheriff says five dead, found in cars overwhelmed by Camp Fire
Fri, 09 Nov 2018 08:45:13 -0800
The town of Paradise, Calif. in the Sierra Nevada foothills just north of Sacramento, best known for its deep canyons, the Feather River and a legendary story about a 19th century saloon, was ravaged in fire. By Friday morning, a day after the fire broke out at Pulga Road at Camp Creek Road, firefighters said about 80 percent of the town, population 26,000 was lost.
- PUB DATE: 11/9/2018 8:45:13 AM - SOURCE: KTTV-TV MyFox 11 Los Angeles
Related: 5 Found Dead in Vehicles Torched by Butte County Wildfire
Fri, 09 Nov 2018 00:00:00 -0800
Sheriff's officials in Northern California say the five people found dead in vehicles torched by a wildfire's flames could not immediately be identified because of the burns they suffered. The Butte County Sheriff's Office said Friday that autopsies will be conducted. Officials say the victims were found in the same area in the town of Paradise, near a main thoroughfare heading out of the town that was consumed by flames.
- PUB DATE: 11/9/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: NBC Bay Area
Woolsey Fire burns homes as it exceeds 14,000 acres, continues to grow at Los Angeles-Ventura County border
Fri, 09 Nov 2018 08:16:02 -0800
The Woolsey Fire exploded to 14,000 acres on Friday in Los Angeles and Ventura counties, and fire officials said the relentless blaze is continuing to grow. Acting Gov. Gavin Newsom declared a state of emergency in Los Angeles and Ventura counties due to the two fires, the Woolsey Fire and the Hill Fire.
- PUB DATE: 11/9/2018 8:16:02 AM - SOURCE: ABC 7 News
Overloaded extension cords apparent cause of Oakland fire
Fri, 09 Nov 2018 10:26:31 -0800
A fire at an East Oakland home Thursday night apparently caused by overloaded extension cords connected together is a reminder of what can happen when such circumstances exist, officials said Friday. Luckily the fire was contained to a front bedroom where it started and no one was injured, officials said.
- PUB DATE: 11/9/2018 10:26:31 AM - SOURCE: East Bay Times
Camp Fire shows need for early detection: How tech and artificial intelligence can help
Fri, 09 Nov 2018 08:41:37 -0800
The fast-moving Camp Fire caused traffic gridlock as Butte Country residents tried to evacuate Thursday, leading some of them to abandon their vehicles as the fire grew closer to the roadways. Had the now-deadly fire been detected earlier and officials been able to give more notice, some residents might have avoided the dangerous situation of such a narrow escape.
- PUB DATE: 11/9/2018 8:41:37 AM - SOURCE: San Jose Mercury News
Paradise evacuated as 5,000-acre wildfire explodes in Butte County, 2 CHP officers escape on foot
Thu, 08 Nov 2018 08:26:19 -0800
Fueled by winds of up to 50 mph, a 5,000-acre fire threatened the town of Paradise in Butte County Thursday morning, prompting the mandatory evacuation of large sections of the town of about 26,000 people. At least two California Highway Patrol units had their vehicles disabled and surrounded by fire, having to escape on foot, according to live dispatch radio traffic available on Broadcastify.
- PUB DATE: 11/8/2018 8:26:19 AM - SOURCE: The Sacramento Bee
Mass shooting at Borderline Bar and Grill in Thousand Oaks kills Sheriff, 11 others
Thu, 08 Nov 2018 00:00:00 -0800
A Marine veteran clad in black and armed with a .45-caliber Glock handgun shot his way into a Southern California bar crowded with college students and unleashed hell before turning the gun on himself, officials said Thursday. When it was over, 12 others, including a police officer who tried to stop the carnage, were also dead and many more were wounded.
- PUB DATE: 11/8/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: NBC News
Santa Rosa warehouse blaze caused estimated $3 million in damage
Wed, 07 Nov 2018 18:54:18 -0800
Saturday’s southwest Santa Rosa warehouse fire that spread from business to business also damaged 34 vehicles, including classic cars, race cars, excavators and catering trucks, causing as much as $3 million in damage, according to a fire prevention officer. The structure loss on the West Robles Road property was estimated at $2 million but that total was expected to jump another $1 million because of extensive damage and destruction involving six businesses and the numerous vehicles, said Cyndi Foreman, fire prevention officer for Rincon Valley and Windsor fire agencies.
- PUB DATE: 11/7/2018 6:54:18 PM - SOURCE: Santa Rosa Press Democrat
Horse Rescued After Becoming Trapped in Orange County Ditch
Wed, 07 Nov 2018 16:43:22 -0800
A horse managed to climb back to safety after becoming trapped in a boulder-filled drainage ditch in Orange County Wednesday. "The horse and the owner appear to be doing fine," Orange City Fire Department Capt. Ian MacDonald said. Metro Net Fire Authority and Orange City Fire Authority received a call about the trapped animal in Santiago Oaks Regional Park north of 2145 N.
- PUB DATE: 11/7/2018 4:43:22 PM - SOURCE: KNTV-TV NBC 11 Bay Area
Follow Up: Arson suspected after San Jose firefighters rescue two from apartment fire
Wed, 07 Nov 2018 11:37:11 -0800
Two people trapped inside an upstairs apartment as a fire burned in an adjacent unit were rescued early Wednesday morning by firefighters who used a ladder to help them escape through a window, in what authorities are investigating as a possible arson. A man suspected of starting the fire was located, but not arrested, and was placed on 72-hour involuntary hold at a local psychiatric emergency facility, according to San Jose police.
- PUB DATE: 11/7/2018 11:37:11 AM - SOURCE: San Jose Mercury News
Dog suspected of knocking on stove knob ignites Santa Rosa home fire
Thu, 08 Nov 2018 02:57:43 -0800
A 4-year-old husky named Yuri started a kitchen fire that nearly killed him and damaged the family home Tuesday in west Santa Rosa, fire officials said. Firefighters found the dog unconscious from smoke inhalation and had to resuscitate it with a canine breathing mask. Yuri likely knocked on a gas stove knob when jumping up with its front paws, possibly to get some food, fire officials said.
- PUB DATE: 11/8/2018 2:57:43 AM - SOURCE: Santa Rosa Press Democrat
2 Rescued, 1 Hurt After Fire Ignites in San Jose Apartment
Wed, 07 Nov 2018 10:45:34 -0800
Two women were rescued and a man was taken to the hospital with "significant" injuries after a blaze ignited at an apartment building in San Jose Wednesday morning, according to a fire official. The fire broke out shortly before 9 a.m. at the residential building located along the 700 block of Menker Avenue, Mike Vanelgort with the San Jose Fire Department said.
- PUB DATE: 11/7/2018 10:45:34 AM - SOURCE: KNTV-TV NBC 11 Bay Area
Proposition 11, Private Ambulance Company Fight Over Work Breaks, Passes, AP Projects
Wed, 07 Nov 2018 00:00:00 -0800
Proposition 11 has passed, the AP is predicting. The campaign largely funded by private ambulance companies had voters deciding what to do with employee breaks. Emergency ambulance employees who work for private companies will be allowed to continue their current practice of having emergency medical technicians (EMTs) and paramedics stay on-duty during their meal and rest breaks in order to respond to 911 calls.
- PUB DATE: 11/7/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KOVR-TV CBS Sacramento
Update: Suspect Charged With Murder in DUI Crash That Killed Costa Mesa Fire Captain Riding His Bicycle
Wed, 07 Nov 2018 00:00:00 -0800
A man accused of driving under the influence of drugs when he struck and killed a Costa Mesa fire captain who was riding his bike was charged Tuesday with murder. Capt. Mike Kreza was hospitalized Saturday in critical condition after he was struck by a van in Mission Viejo. He died Monday morning. The driver, Stephen Taylor Scarpa, 25, of Mission Viejo, was charged Tuesday with on felony count of murder.
- PUB DATE: 11/7/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: NBC Los Angeles

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