A huge wildfire near Yosemite National Park swelled to more than 70,000 acres overnight as flames destroyed dozens of structures and forced two towns to evacuate.
Burning east of Merced, the Detwiler fire in Mariposa County grew from 48,000 acres to 70,096 acres Thursday morning, said Nancy Phillipe, spokeswoman for the California Department Forestry and Fire Protection.
The aggressive blaze, which was 10% contained Thursday, has forced more than 4,000 residents to flee their homes and triggered evacuations for the historic gold rush towns of Mariposa and Coulterville. The massive fire has destroyed 45 structures and damaged six others, she said.
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Anaheim broke ground Wednesday, July 19, on its first new fire station in 10 years.
Station 5, serving the neighborhoods around the 57/91 interchange as well as freeway incidents, will move into the 9,481-square-foot building at 2540 E. La Palma Ave. in about a year.
The current fire house on North Kraemer Boulevard, more than 55 years old, then will be used by the city’s public utilities. It is more than half the size of the new station. The $5.4 million fire station, which department officials said will improve response times, is expected to take some of the pressure off of the station that serves the Broadway area.
“It gives us a much better access back into the north part of the city,” Fire Chief Randy Bruegman said. “It’s a busy corridor up there. The goal is to reduce area response times to four minutes or less.”
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Firefighters revived a dog they pulled from a house fire early Wednesday.
Bakersfield Fire Department Battalion Chief John Frando said firefighters encountered "heavy fire" at the home on Quarter Avenue. He said they got initial reports of an explosion, but that hasn't been confirmed.
A small dog was unresponsive as a firefighter carried it out of the home. Firefighters used a specialized animal oxygen mask to save the pup.
Frando said they're investigating the cause of the fire.
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The 150-acre Humboldt Fire fire is burning off Highway 32 near Yosemite Drive in east Chico was 50 percent contained as of 7:10 p.m. Wednesday night.
Evacuation orders were in place for about 30 minutes Thursday, but were lifted after forward progress was stopped.
Highway 32 was closed between Bruce Road and Upper Humboldt Road, but officials believe it will be open before 6 p.m. with traffic control.
Butte County CALFIRE said the call for the fire came in around 4 p.m. Wednesday. Initially, it was in Chico Fire's jurisdiction. However, when the fire spread across Highway 32, Butte County CAL FIRE got involved.
When firefighters arrived on scene, the fire was three acres. It quickly increased to 30 acres, then 150 acres. About 15 engines total responded.
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The sidewalk along Santa Cruz Avenue in Merced was lined up with dozens of people on Tuesday afternoon welcoming home a firefighter and “true hero” who was recently diagnosed with terminal cancer.
Clayton Ogden, a firefighter with the Santa Cruz Fire Department of more than 15 years, was escorted to his home from Doctors Medical Center in Modesto by fire and law enforcement agencies.
More than 100 family members, close friends, colleagues and neighbors cheered, waved banners and American flags as Ogden arrived to his Merced home of 23 years. Ogden, 47, and his family declined an interview and photographs.
One person suffered a minor injury in a blaze that tore through a home here before firefighters contained it Wednesday afternoon, officials said.
Apple Valley Fire Protection District firefighters responded to the fire, which occurred at a home in the 15000 block of Apache Road just after 12:45 p.m. Wednesday.
AVFPD Battalion Chief James Peratt said crews arrived and found the fire burning in the home’s garage, with flames extending to the rest of the home. While bystanders reported that victims were trapped inside, the home’s residents were able to exit when firefighters arrived, Peratt said.
“Our crews made an aggressive attack and were able to stop the fire before it spread all the way into the house,” Peratt said.
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