Daily Dispatch: California News
San Francisco firefighters learn Spanish to save precious time in emergencies
Wed, 17 Jul 2019 20:21:12 -0700
On a Wednesday morningin the middle of July, class is in session at San Francisco Waldorf High School. "So, Ha pasado antes? Has it happened before?" But, these students aren't teenagers, they're first responders, learning Spanish one phrase at a time. "Yo soy bombero. Que tal?" Paramedic Mike Lam is in class.
- PUB DATE: 7/17/2019 8:21:12 PM - SOURCE: KTVU-TV Oakland, San Francisco, Bay Area
San Jose Police officers say dramatic rescue of homeless man from fire highlights need for mental-health training
Wed, 17 Jul 2019 20:21:17 -0700
San Jose police officers are speaking out today about last week's dramatic rescue of a homeless man from a fire. They say it highlights the importance of mental health training for officers and the importance of serving all segments of the community. In this case, officers say they had a real challenge trying to save the life of someone who apparently didn't want to be saved.
- PUB DATE: 7/17/2019 8:21:17 PM - SOURCE: KTVU-TV Oakland, San Francisco, Bay Area
Wildfire spreads over San Diego County hillside, 90% contained, evacuation warnings lifted
Wed, 17 Jul 2019 19:36:55 -0700
A brush fire broke out on a hillside above Harbison Canyon Wednesday, blackening 25 open acres and prompting evacuations of nearby homes before crews were able to subdue the flames. The blaze erupted for unknown reasons in the 1900 block of Vista De La Montana in the Dehesa area at 3:47 p.m., according to Cal Fire.
- PUB DATE: 7/17/2019 7:36:55 PM - SOURCE: KFMB-FM San Diego
San Francisco Firefighters perform high-rise rescue on the Millennium Tower Complex
Wed, 17 Jul 2019 16:43:40 -0700
There was a high-in-the-sky emergency, as two window washers, working at the Millennium Tower complex, got stuck while they were cleaning outside the 10th floor. That is until the San Francisco Fire Department came to the rescue. "We were basically sending a rescue group up to the roof, to try to repel down to them, while we were coming down from below with our aerial ladder to try to see if our ladder would reach up, and then also going straight to the 10th floor, to see if we could pull them in through the window," said Division Chief Michael Thompson.
- PUB DATE: 7/17/2019 4:43:40 PM - SOURCE: KGO-TV ABC 7 San Francisco
Crews Battle Commercial Fire At Building in Sacramento
Wed, 17 Jul 2019 12:39:36 -0700
Firefighters battled flames at a commercial building in south Sacramento Wednesday. The scene is along the 6600 block of Freeport Boulevard, near the Sacramento Executive Airport. Firefighters say the heavy flames came from the attic and caused it to partially collapse. Sacramento Fire Captian Keith Wade said it appeared that the older style construction of the building did not follow the fire safety codes like newer buildings.
- PUB DATE: 7/17/2019 12:39:36 PM - SOURCE: KOVR-TV CBS Sacramento
Pacheco storage fire most likely human caused
Wed, 17 Jul 2019 20:21:17 -0700
At Pacheco Mini Storage on Pacheco Boulevard, personal possessions in more than 40 units are now in ashes. "Family pictures, photos, heirlooms. There are people who have their work here. Their tools. Their livelihood. How they survive. And it's gone, said manager Kelly Van Schaik." The storage facility is closed today, customers are asked not to come by yet for safety and security reasons.
- PUB DATE: 7/17/2019 8:21:17 PM - SOURCE: KTVU-TV Oakland, San Francisco, Bay Area
PG&E using satellite technology in time for 2019 fire season
Wed, 17 Jul 2019 00:00:00 -0700
VIDEO: Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) is using first of its kind satellite technology with the goal of being the first to know when a wildfire sparks. With the 2019 fire season underway, PG&E has launched their wildfire tracking system, using heat sensored satellite technology to better track wildfires.
- PUB DATE: 7/17/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KRCR-TV ABC 7 News
Jon Canavan appointed Poway fire chief
Tue, 16 Jul 2019 16:37:30 -0700
When he left the San Marcos Fire Department in 2003 to become the fire division chief in the Poway department, Jon Canavan felt he had acquired “all the tools” necessary to make a positive impact on his new employer. Sixteen years later, as the city’s newly-appointed fire chief, Canavan will be using those same tools, and those acquired while being a Poway department leader, in his new role.
- PUB DATE: 7/16/2019 4:37:30 PM - SOURCE: Poway News Chieftan
Firefighter injured while fighting brush fire in Sabre Springs
Tue, 16 Jul 2019 17:42:28 -0700
A brush fire broke out in a Sabre Springs-area canyon on Tuesday, burning close to streets and homes for a time but causing no structural damage. The blaze erupted for unknown reasons about 12:30 p.m. near several intersecting footpaths in an open area off Poway Road and Sabre Springs Parkway, according to the San Diego Fire-Rescue Department.
- PUB DATE: 7/16/2019 5:42:28 PM - SOURCE: KFMB AM 760
Follow-up: New Menlo Fire Station 6 combines best of old and new
Tue, 16 Jul 2019 13:00:46 -0700
After a 12-year journey with many detours, the Menlo Park Fire Protection District recently opened its new Station 6, which has an inside that couldn't be more up-to-date with an outside that looks like a throwback to earlier times. The station, one of seven in the district, is centrally located at 700 Oak Grove Ave.
- PUB DATE: 7/16/2019 1:00:46 PM - SOURCE: Menlo Park Almanac
'How Did You Get Out?': Murrieta Mother Recounts Gas Explosion Survival
Tue, 16 Jul 2019 18:48:45 -0700
A Murrieta mother who was inside her home when a deadly gas explosion erupted is still in disbelief that she escaped the blast with only minor injuries. A fire marshal forced Alexis Haaland to evacuate her Southern California home Monday morning after a solar company employee working at her house dug into a gas line.
- PUB DATE: 7/16/2019 6:48:45 PM - SOURCE: KNSD-TV NBC San Diego
One dead, 15 injured including firefighters, in Murrieta house explosion
Mon, 15 Jul 2019 20:51:28 -0700
One person is dead and 15 more are injured, after a house in Murrieta, California, exploded Monday afternoon. Crews from the Southern California Gas Company (SoCalGas) were at the home fixing a natural gas line that was reported damaged by a contractor working on the house. The explosion occurred about an hour after the crew arrived, and the fire department was already on the scene.
- PUB DATE: 7/15/2019 8:51:28 PM - SOURCE: KESQ-TV Channel 3
New Fountain Valley Fire Chief Ron Cookston has been with the department since he began as a volunteer in 1991
Mon, 15 Jul 2019 17:48:09 -0700
Fountain Valley is well known as an early farming community where sugar beets, lima beans and asparagus were grown in the area’s rich, fertile land. Turns out, the city is also known for its crop of fire chiefs. Meet the city’s newest chief, Ron Cookston who, like recently retired fire chief Tony Coppolino and former chief Mark Haskell, has his roots in Fountain Valley.
- PUB DATE: 7/15/2019 5:48:09 PM - SOURCE: Orange County Register - Metered Site
47-Acre Brush Fire Destroys 2 Buildings in East San Jose Foothills
Mon, 15 Jul 2019 18:01:58 -0700
VIDEO: A brush fire that ripped through an East San Jose hillside Monday afternoon destroyed a mobile home and cottage, firefighters said. The blaze scorched 47 acres near Aborn Road and Edwards Ranch. Resident Mimi Nguyen watched her cottage burn. Firefighters said her dog, Harvey, died in the blaze.
- PUB DATE: 7/15/2019 6:01:58 PM - SOURCE: NBC Bay Area
How do you fight wildfires at night? These crews are training to battle blazes in California
Tue, 16 Jul 2019 00:00:00 -0700
A helicopter flew toward a Mount Pinos trailhead, flashing lights cutting through the night sky and the whir of its blades breaking the quiet. On the ground, firefighters waited in the dark with a hose. In a matter of seconds, they would load the helicopter's belly with a few hundred gallons of water before it headed back toward flames in the mountains.
- PUB DATE: 7/16/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Ventura County Star
Follow Up: Santa Barbara County Fire increasing staff in anticipation of fire risk
Mon, 15 Jul 2019 18:44:05 -0700
Additional firefighters will be on staff ahead of possible high fire risk through Tuesday evening. Santa Barbara County Fire Public Information Officer Daniel Bertucelli tweeted that County Fire, after coordinating with the National Weather Service, will be up-staffing a wildland task force due to anticipated fire weather.
- PUB DATE: 7/15/2019 6:44:05 PM - SOURCE: KEYT-TV ABC 3 Santa Barbara
Girl Dies After Being Electrocuted In Citrus Heights Pool
Mon, 15 Jul 2019 21:14:46 -0700
A nine-year-old girl has died from possible electrocution in a pool, Citrus Heights police said. Citrus Heights Police Sgt. Frye said firefighters responded to a drowning and possible electrocution Sunday afternoon, finding a nine-year-old girl unconscious. Firefighters tried to revive the girl at the scene.
- PUB DATE: 7/15/2019 9:14:46 PM - SOURCE: KOVR-TV CBS Sacramento
Santa Barbara County Fire officials expect fire season to ramp up in August and into the fall
Thu, 11 Jul 2019 22:45:00 -0700
By this time last year, we had already experienced several serious fires in the region. The one year anniversary of the Holiday Fire was just observed earlier this week. Santa Barbara firefighters have been conducting defensible space inspections over the past month which is important because a new report indicates that our wet spring may have caused seasonable grass and fuel to sprout at a record rate.
- PUB DATE: 7/11/2019 10:45:00 PM - SOURCE: KEYT-TV ABC 3 Santa Barbara
Fire Erupts at Homeless Encampment in Alley in Downtown Los Angeles
Sun, 14 Jul 2019 14:53:15 -0700
Firefighters extinguished a fire that erupted early Sunday morning at a homeless encampment in downtown Los Angeles, fire officials said. Large flames could be seen in an alley on the 1700 block of Wall Street near the 10 Freeway at about 5:30 a.m. Firefighters responded to reports of a rubbish fire in what turned out to be a large homeless encampment, according to Los Angeles Fire Department Capt.
- PUB DATE: 7/14/2019 2:53:15 PM - SOURCE: KTLA-TV WB 5 Los Angeles
131-acre Ventura County fire caused by target practice, firefighters say
Sun, 14 Jul 2019 20:54:27 -0700
Firefighting crews were gaining the upper hand on a 131-acre fire in Ventura County that was caused by target practice, officials said. The SouthInc fire spread quickly along steep, rugged terrain in the Fillmore area amid Sunday's hot temperatures. But firefighters believed they were getting the upper hand and had stopped the forward progress of the blaze by Sunday evening after it had charred 131 acres.
- PUB DATE: 7/14/2019 8:54:27 PM - SOURCE: KABC-TV ABC 7 News

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