Daily Dispatch: California News
New fire advisory issued as Ferguson Fire gets closer to Yosemite National Park
Fri, 20 Jul 2018 00:00:00 -0700
The Ferguson Fire is on the march cutting a slow, destructive path towards Yosemite National Park. That wildfire burning in Mariposa County grew overnight a little more than a thousand acres, now scorching 22,892 acres. It has hundreds of firefighters on the front line working to protect homes and push back the flames.
- PUB DATE: 7/20/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KFSN-TV ABC 30 Frenso/Visalia
New Orange County Fire Authority fire station unveiled in Irvine
Thu, 19 Jul 2018 14:55:00 -0700
A new state-of-the-art fire station for the Orange County Fire Authority was unveiled in Irvine. City and fire officials were on-hand for a dedication ceremony to Fire Station 20 on Thursday. The facility is located at the Orange County Great Park. It is replacing the temporary station that served the citizens of Irvine for years, OCFA officials said.
- PUB DATE: 7/19/2018 2:55:00 PM - SOURCE: abclocal.go
Fighting fire with fire in the new California
Thu, 19 Jul 2018 18:57:32 -0700
In the California of 2018, there are little fires everywhere, every day — and most of the time, awfully big ones, too. It is nothing short of extraordinary how quickly all Californians have been forced to accept the formerly eccentric-seeming fact, first reported by wildfire experts just a couple of years ago, that there is no longer a “fire season” in our state, as there had been for all recorded human history here.
- PUB DATE: 7/19/2018 6:57:32 PM - SOURCE: Orange County Register - Metered Site
Facebook Post Leaves San Jose Firefighters in Hot Water
Thu, 19 Jul 2018 18:15:27 -0700
A social media page that supports San Jose Firefighters put firefighters on the hot seat after expressing frustration over homeless people in the city causing hazardous situations. Homeless advocated responded fiercely to a Friends of San Jose Firefighters Facebook post stated in part, "the homeless have no regard for private or public property and that a camp is dangerous for our folks and a huge draw on our resources.
- PUB DATE: 7/19/2018 6:15:27 PM - SOURCE: KNTV-TV NBC 11 Bay Area
Firestorm costs add to budget cuts in Santa Rosa
Thu, 19 Jul 2018 17:23:10 -0700
On a seemingly perfect day in Santa Rosa, visitors hadn't a care in the world. High above, blue skies--- not a storm cloud on the horizon, and yet, in a conference room off-campus from Santa Rosa City Hall, we found worried faces. "Has Santa Rosa ever faced anything like this?" we asked Mayor Chris Coursey.
- PUB DATE: 7/19/2018 5:23:10 PM - SOURCE: KGO-TV ABC 7 San Francisco
Corona brush fire: Firefighters make progress against 250-acre blaze with 5 percent containment
Fri, 20 Jul 2018 08:01:20 -0700
Firefighters on Friday continued to make progress against a 250-acre brush fire in Corona while some evacuation orders remained in place. The Skyline Fire was 5 percent contained as the sun rose over western Riverside County, where dozens of homes remained threatened. The blaze erupted shortly after 3 p.
- PUB DATE: 7/20/2018 8:01:20 AM - SOURCE: KABC-TV ABC 7 Los Angeles
In Emergency Appeal, Julian Firefighters Ask State Court to Halt County Takeover
Wed, 18 Jul 2018 15:05:42 -0700
Julian’s volunteer firefighters have filed an emergency appeal with a state appellate court in hopes of making an August 10 deadline to place a measure on the November ballot. Their aim is to have the 2,246 voters in the Julian-Cuyamaca Fire Protection District decide whether to repeal a fire board action to dissolve the district.
- PUB DATE: 7/18/2018 3:05:42 PM - SOURCE: Times of San Diego
1 Dead Inside El Cajon House Fire: Heartland FD
Thu, 19 Jul 2018 06:01:04 -0700
A man was found dead after a fire sparked at an El Cajon home Thursday. Heavy smoke and flames could be seen pouring from the home near the intersection of Magnolia and Washington avenues when firefighters arrived at about 5:15 a.m., the Heartland Fire Department (HFD) said. One person was found dead at the scene.
- PUB DATE: 7/19/2018 6:01:04 AM - SOURCE: KNSD-TV NBC San Diego
Tanker explosion at Santa Rosa Kaiser Permanente medical building prompts evacuations
Wed, 18 Jul 2018 21:07:01 -0700
An explosion involving a tanker truck delivering liquid oxygen Wednesday afternoon outside a Kaiser Permanente medical office building prompted the evacuation of patients and employees at the campus north of Santa Rosa. Nearby Highway 101 was shut for about two hours. Both medical offices located on the Old Redwood Highway property about a mile north of Kaiser’s main hospital campus were evacuated, with patients being escorted or taken away on stretchers.
- PUB DATE: 7/18/2018 9:07:01 PM - SOURCE: Santa Rosa Press Democrat
Smoke has hampered aerial firefighting efforts for Ferguson Fire
Wed, 18 Jul 2018 21:11:44 -0700
At the Fresno Air Attack base, the U.S. Forest Service is standing by, ready to assist in the fight against the Ferguson Fire. "Our role so far has been just supporting the fire with the aircraft coming through moving up to the area of the fire," said base commander John Harpain. Harpain says planes and helicopters will fly to air bases closer to the fire such as Castle or Columbia, or a helibase in Mariposa, and then onto the fire.
- PUB DATE: 7/18/2018 9:11:44 PM - SOURCE: KFSN-TV ABC 30 Frenso/Visalia
Suspected Sacramento fire engine thieves appear in court
Wed, 18 Jul 2018 18:46:29 -0700
Two people accused of stealing a fire engine Saturday in Sacramento County and driving it to Butte County appeared in court Wednesday. Candice Scollard, 35, of Quincy, and David Carcalete, 26, of Rio Lindo, were arraigned on charges charges of stealing an emergency vehicle, recklessly evading pursuing law enforcement and resisting arrest.
- PUB DATE: 7/18/2018 6:46:29 PM - SOURCE: Chico Enterprise Record
Cruces fire south of Lompoc now 40 percent contained; full containment expected by 6 p.m.
Thu, 19 Jul 2018 09:35:57 -0700
Full containment of the Cruces fire that sparked Wednesday morning near Highway 1 three miles west of Highway 101 is expected by 6 p.m. Thursday, Santa Barbara County Fire Capt. Dave Zaniboni said. By 6 a.m., approximately 18 hours after the vegetation fire broke out, crews reported reaching 40 percent containment on the 80-acre fire.
- PUB DATE: 7/19/2018 9:35:57 AM - SOURCE: Santa Maria Times
The tiny town of Mariposa lines up to salute as hero firefighter’s body passes by
Wed, 18 Jul 2018 00:00:00 -0700
Braden Varney was coming home, but not in the way anyone expected. His body was going to be carried through his hometown in the back of a white SUV. Its destination: the Stanislaus County Coroner’s Office. The Varney family has lived in Mariposa for decades, longer than anyone could remember, although no one could say exactly how long.
- PUB DATE: 7/18/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: San Francisco Chronicle
Orange County homeless man suspect charged with setting 8 fires
Tue, 17 Jul 2018 20:19:45 -0700
Authorities have charged a transient with setting at least eight fires in Santa Ana and the city of Orange. Gustavo Abarca Garcia, 26, is accused of setting seven fires in forested areas and one blaze that burned a fence and part of a yard and home on River Lane in Santa Ana, causing some $20,000 in damage.
- PUB DATE: 7/17/2018 8:19:45 PM - SOURCE: abclocal.go
Fire Chars Nearly 30 Acres Near U.S.-Mexico Border in San Diego County
Tue, 17 Jul 2018 18:39:36 -0700
A wildfire charred several dozen open acres in the far southern reaches of San Diego County on Tuesday afternoon before ground and airborne crews were able to gain control of the flames. The blaze erupted for unknown reasons about 2 p.m. in an area known as Tin Can Canyon, just north of the U.S.-Mexico line and roughly two miles east of the Otay Mesa Port of Entry, according to Cal Fire.
- PUB DATE: 7/17/2018 6:39:36 PM - SOURCE: Times of San Diego
Fire at Lake Nacimiento reminds residents of devastating Chimney Fire
Tue, 17 Jul 2018 18:13:03 -0700
When a fire broke out at Lake Nacimiento on Tuesday morning, residents were prepared. Loretta Borges, who lives in the Running Deer Ranch community on the south side of the lake, called 911 just before noon. In case of a fire, she has her own truck with a 500 gallon water tank. "It's got its lights and everything," Borges explained, adding that it's full and "ready to go!" "I would have started it up today, had they hadn't come.
- PUB DATE: 7/17/2018 6:13:03 PM - SOURCE: KSBY-TV San Luis Obispo
Guests Evacuated During Fire at Landsby Hotel in Solvang
Wed, 18 Jul 2018 09:02:29 -0700
Guests were temporarily evacuated at the Landsby Hotel in Solvang Wednesday morning after a fire broke out in the kitchen of its restaurant, according to the Santa Barbara County Fire Department. A full structure-fire response was sent at about 5:20 a.m to the the blaze at the hotel at 1576 Mission Drive, said fire Capt.
- PUB DATE: 7/18/2018 9:02:29 AM - SOURCE: Noozhawk
Los Angeles to Celebrate Addition of 4 LAFD Engines to Fleet
Wed, 18 Jul 2018 08:36:39 -0700
Los Angeles fire and elected officials will gather at Dodger Stadium Wednesday to celebrate the recent restoration of engine companies at four stations across the city, bolstering Fire Department fleet just in time for the peak of brush-fire season. The new engines were made possible in part by a $15.
- PUB DATE: 7/18/2018 8:36:39 AM - SOURCE: LA West Media
Body of firefighter killed near Yosemite is retrieved from steep ravine
Mon, 16 Jul 2018 15:12:51 -0700
Crews on Monday extracted the body of a firefighter from a steep ravine that his bulldozer had rolled into days ago as he fought a wildfire west of Yosemite. The body of 36-year-old Braden Varney, a 10-year-veteran with the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, remained in a mesh of mangled metal for three days in a site near El Portal that was too remote for bulldozers and too precarious to allow an immediate extraction.
- PUB DATE: 7/16/2018 3:12:51 PM - SOURCE: SF Gate: San Francisco Chronicle
Cleaning Lady, Firefighters Hurt In Bee Attack in Lake Forest
Mon, 16 Jul 2018 19:45:50 -0700
A 52-year-old cleaning lady and four firefighters were hurt Monday after they were attacked by a swarm of Africanized bees, leaving the woman in critical condition. CBSLA’s Stacey Butler reported Monday night that the woman’s son said that it appears she will survive her injuries from the bee attack.
- PUB DATE: 7/16/2018 7:45:50 PM - SOURCE: KCAL-TV Los Angeles

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