Daily Dispatch: California News
Central Valley firefighters honored by their peers for their bravery and service
Wed, 16 Jan 2019 20:22:45 -0800
Three firefighters who serve the Central Valley were honored Wednesday by their peers. The awards are presented by the Exchange Club of Fresno, but the nominees are selected by fellow firefighters. And this year, the honor went to chief Brad Driscoll with Fresno Fire, Jose Sanchez with the US Forest Service and battalion chief Jeremiah Wittwer with Cal Fire.
- PUB DATE: 1/16/2019 8:22:45 PM - SOURCE: KGPE-TV CBS 47 Fresno
Stolen Tracy fire truck recovered in Manteca
Wed, 16 Jan 2019 20:06:01 -0800
A Tracy Fire Department Battalion Chief’s command vehicle stolen from the scene of an emergency medical call on MacArthur Drive shortly after 1 a.m. Monday was recovered by Manteca police some 30 minutes later with the help of a Manteca fire engine that slowed the vehicle at the AutoZone parking lot in the 100 block of South Main Street.
- PUB DATE: 1/16/2019 8:06:01 PM - SOURCE: Manteca Bulletin
New Mandatory Evacuation Orders Issued in Holy Fire Burn Areas
Thu, 17 Jan 2019 00:00:00 -0800
New mandatory evacuation orders were issued for some Holy Fire burn areas as another round of showers hit the area Thursday morning. People in these zones must leave immediately, the alert stated. The order substantially increases the number of mandatory evacuations, which included only Laguna A as of Wednesday night.
- PUB DATE: 1/17/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KTLA 5 News
Redondo Beach: Severe Burn Victim Inspires With Story Of Strength, Perseverance
Wed, 16 Jan 2019 21:41:00 -0800
He awoke as firefighters carried him from his house, thick smoke lingering in the air as flames surrounded them. "You're going to be okay," a firefighter told him. That day, 80 percent of Jeff Kuhn's body was burned in a house fire, but he doesn't remember much about it. He doesn't remember the intense pain from his burns, or the sirens wailing as the ambulance rushed down the highway toward the hospital.
- PUB DATE: 1/16/2019 9:41:00 PM - SOURCE: Novato Patch.com
Some Lanes Reopen After Fiery Big Rig Collision on 10 Freeway in Colton Forced Full Closure
Wed, 16 Jan 2019 17:55:13 -0800
Some lanes were reopened late Tuesday night after a fiery multivehicle collision involving a big rig shut down the 10 Freeway in Colton, Caltrans said in a tweet. Authorities responded to the scene on the westbound 10 Freeway just west of La Cadena Drive around 7:40 p.m., according to California Highway Patrol incident logs.
- PUB DATE: 1/16/2019 5:55:13 PM - SOURCE: KTLA-TV WB 5 Los Angeles
Ravaged By The Camp Fire, Butte County Sues PG&E
Tue, 15 Jan 2019 20:57:09 -0800
The Northern California county where a deadly wildfire killed 86 people last year sued Pacific Gas & Electric Co. on Tuesday, a day after the utility announced it will file for bankruptcy. Butte County’s lawsuit blames the utility for the wildfire that sparked Nov. 8 and “effectively eradicated” the city of Paradise, California, population 27,000.
- PUB DATE: 1/15/2019 8:57:09 PM - SOURCE: KOVR-TV CBS Sacramento
San Bernardino County fire chief leaving for Santa Barbara
Wed, 16 Jan 2019 07:00:48 -0800
Mark Hartwig remembers working his way through college as a zoology student studying the mating habits of the white-headed woodpecker. He paid for school by working as an emergency medical technician. One day in Wrightwood, Hartwig saw the fire station there and volunteered. That marked the end of his journey toward becoming a doctor and the true beginning of a long firefighting career.
- PUB DATE: 1/16/2019 7:00:48 AM - SOURCE: Redlands Daily Facts - Metered Site
Redding Firefighters will soon carry 'Narcan' in response to drug-related calls
Wed, 16 Jan 2019 05:02:37 -0800
Police have geared their duty belts with Narcan, the life saving overdose drug, but with drug related calls on the rise, firefighters in Redding will start using it as well. At least 60 percent of the calls firefighters with the Redding Fire Department respond to are medical. Out of those, Redding Fire Chief Cullen Kreider says they respond to a drug related call at least once a day which is why firefighters will soon begin carrying Narcan.
- PUB DATE: 1/16/2019 5:02:37 AM - SOURCE: KRCR-TV ABC 7 & KCVU-TV Fox 20
5 Injured In Early Morning San Francisco Fire
Wed, 16 Jan 2019 05:52:35 -0800
Five people were injured early Wednesday when a two-alarm fire damaged two homes in a San Francisco neighborhood, authorities said. According to San Francisco Fire Department Lt. Jonathan Baxter the blaze in the 70 block of Liebig Street was reported at 12:18 a.m. The fire was first reported around 12:18 a.
- PUB DATE: 1/16/2019 5:52:35 AM - SOURCE: KPIX-TV CBS 5 San Francisco
San Bernardino firefighters respond to 19-vehicle crash on 15 Freeway in Cajon Pass
Wed, 16 Jan 2019 10:41:27 -0800
San Bernardino County firefighters were responding Wednesday morning to a 19-vehicle crash on the 15 Freeway in the Cajon Pass that left 35 people injured and prompted the closure of all southbound lanes, authorities said. The chain-reaction pileup occurred about 9:30 a.m. at Oak Hill Road and left most of the victims with moderate to minor injuries, according to the county fire department, which was performing triage at the crash site.
- PUB DATE: 1/16/2019 10:41:27 AM - SOURCE: KABC-TV ABC 7 Los Angeles
Stanislaus Consolidated seeks stability with new chief after shaky recent history
Tue, 15 Jan 2019 00:00:00 -0800
The Stanislaus Consolidated Fire Protection District board has promoted an in-house candidate as the permanent fire chief. The district board gave the job to former Capt. Michael Whorton after more than two dozen candidates were considered. A two-year employment contract with Whorton was approved on a 5-0 vote Thursday.
- PUB DATE: 1/15/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Modesto Bee
Suspect shot after 2 women stabbed in Vacaville house fire
Tue, 15 Jan 2019 00:00:00 -0800
Police in Vacaville say a suspect was shot and a K-9 officer was injured after two women were found stabbed when firefighters and police responded to a house fire. The Vacaville Fire Department treated two stabbing victims and a burn victim who were transported to a hospital in the area. Firefighters eventually contained the fire at the single story home.
- PUB DATE: 1/15/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KGO
Destruction of Paradise fire spurs rush to build fuel breaks
Tue, 15 Jan 2019 07:13:26 -0800
If a fire races toward a cluster of homes in this rural community on a ridge overlooking the Pacific, this is what it will confront: a 50-foot-wide swath of cleared undergrowth that will rob the approaching flames of fuel. Alarmed by California’s growing number of lethal conflagrations, residents here are building a network of roughly 25 miles of “fuel breaks” along Bonny Doon’s scenic winding roads, fields and forests.
- PUB DATE: 1/15/2019 7:13:26 AM - SOURCE: San Jose Mercury News - Metered Site
Shasta County: Man arrested after refusing commands, delaying firefighters' response to house fire
Tue, 15 Jan 2019 05:10:45 -0800
A man was arrested Sunday after the Shasta County Sheriff's Office says he refused commands from deputies and delayed firefighters from extinguishing the fire that engulfed his home and threatened nearby homes. Deputies said at approximately 9:00 a.m., SHASCOM received a call from a man, later identified as Randy Fisher, 53, saying he was armed with a 357 magnum pistol and was shooting it off.
- PUB DATE: 1/15/2019 5:10:45 AM - SOURCE: KRCR-TV ABC 7 & KCVU-TV Fox 20
Fire destroys only funeral home on the Mendocino Coast
Tue, 15 Jan 2019 02:53:06 -0800
The only funeral home on the Mendocino Coast was destroyed after a two-alarm fire started on the second story of the historic Fort Bragg building that houses Chapel by the Sea. Dispatchers received the first report of smoke at the 6,800-square-foot red brick fronted structure at approximately 1:47 p.
- PUB DATE: 1/15/2019 2:53:06 AM - SOURCE: Santa Rosa Press Democrat
Heavy rain in California could cause mudslides and flooding in wildfire-scarred areas
Tue, 15 Jan 2019 00:00:00 -0800
Thousands of people in fire devastated areas of California are under evacuation orders as a series of storms is expected to bring heavy rain, extreme winds and deep snow through the week. The rain could lead to mudflows and flooding in areas burned by wildfires last year. A mudslide forced the temporary closure of a section of the Pacific Coast Highway Monday, while some schools will be closed Tuesday in anticipation of heavy rain.
- PUB DATE: 1/15/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: CNN
1 Dead in 2-Alarm Blaze at San Jose Apartment Building
Mon, 14 Jan 2019 08:48:27 -0800
One person died in a fire at an apartment complex in East San Jose on Monday morning, a fire captain said. The fire was reported around 6:50 a.m. at the building at 1310 Foxdale Loop near Capitol Expressway. Firefighters called for a second alarm because of the size of the building and reports that someone may be missing or trapped inside, San Jose Fire Capt.
- PUB DATE: 1/14/2019 8:48:27 AM - SOURCE: NBC Bay Area
Arson fire destroys up to 7 vehicles in Ontario hotel parking lot; man arrested
Mon, 14 Jan 2019 04:50:36 -0800
An arson-set fire targeting one car early Sunday morning in an Ontario hotel parking lot spread to other vehicles, with as many as seven burned, authorities said. No injuries were reported from the blaze in the parking lot near the Azure Hotel & Suites at 1945 E. Holt Blvd. from the fire, called in at 1:50 a.
- PUB DATE: 1/14/2019 4:50:36 AM - SOURCE: Ontario Inland Valley Bulletin
VIDEO: 'I'm still trying to process everything.' Davis Fire Chief says it's an emotional time
Sat, 12 Jan 2019 19:39:29 -0800
Physically, the Chief says the department is fine. But he is concerned about the "long-term ramifications of what happened the night that Davis Police Officer Natalie Corona was attacked. "We're just here to support the police department, to support the community," the Chief said, emotion in his voice.
- PUB DATE: 1/12/2019 7:39:29 PM - SOURCE: ABC News 10
PG&E to file for Chapter 11 bankruptcy, CEO resigns
Mon, 14 Jan 2019 05:05:17 -0800
PG&E announced Monday morning that it is preparing to file Chapter 11 Bankruptcy as it deals with lawsuits following devastating wildfires in 2017 and 2018. The announcement comes one day after the utility's CEO resigned. In a statement, PG&E said: "The company does not expect any impact to electric or natural gas service for its customers as a result of the Chapter 11 process.
- PUB DATE: 1/14/2019 5:05:17 AM - SOURCE: KGO-TV ABC 7 San Francisco

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