The latest firefighter killed while on duty at a California wildfire was identified Tuesday as a fire chief deployed from Utah, according to his city’s fire department and mayor.
Draper City Fire Department Battalion Chief Matthew Burchett, 42, died Monday fighting the Mendocino Complex Fire, the dpeartment said in a Tuesday news release shared on Facebook.
It was the first fatality in connection to the Ranch Fire, a 300,000-acre blaze that has been burning since July 27. Cal Fire confirmed the death Monday evening, but did not identify the victim at the time.
Burchett’s death fighting the Ranch Fire was announced by Draper Mayor Troy Walker at a Tuesday morning press conference.
A county-level agency ordered Clover Flat Landfill last week to take corrective measures after the latest in a string of fires at the Upvalley facility.
In a Notice of Violation issued Aug. 8, the Napa County Local Enforcement Agency (LEA) that oversees the landfill south of Calistoga ordered the facility to stop processing green waste until it hires a full-time site operations manager, provides adequate water for fire suppression, and takes other steps to minimize the risk of fire.
According to Napa County Fire Chief Barry Biermann, there have been 13 fires at the landfill since July 2013, the most significant occurring on Sept. 1, 2017, and Aug. 6, 2018.
Last week’s fire, the third this summer, burned a significant portion of the landfill, and firefighters were “very fortunate” to be able to prevent it from spreading outside the landfill, Biermann told the Upper Valley Waste Management Agency (UVA) on Monday at a meeting in Yountville.
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A fire that erupted in the San Pasqual area of north San Diego County -- the third in the area in two weeks -- is being investigated as arson.
The so-called Cloverdale Fire has burned at least 90 acres and is 25 percent contained, San Diego Fire-Rescue Department officials said Tuesday morning.
As of 6:30 a.m. Tuesday, California Highway Patrol officials said SR-78 is closed in both directions between San Pasqual Road/Cloverdale Road to Old Milky Way. San Pasqual Road is also shut down between SR-78 and Old Milky Way.
According to Cal Fire, the latest fire broke out just before 3 p.m. Monday in brush off state Route 78 and Cloverdale Road, just north of Escondido. Within two hours, the fire increased in size to at least 40 acres. However, crews were able to stop the rate of the fire’s spread just before 6 p.m.
KGTV-TV ABC 10 San Diego
A five-alarm vegetation fire in Vallejo was contained Monday evening and a state highway ramp reopened following that containment, officials with the Vallejo Fire Department and California Highway Patrol said.
Danny Gutierrez, firefighter engineer and a spokesperson for the Vallejo Fire Department, said the fire was contained to five acres shortly after 5 p.m. It started near the junction of state Highway 37 and Interstate Highway 80 and went to five alarms because of water issues and how challenging it was for firefighters to get to the fire, which was behind some homes.
The fire burned grass and small brush. Gutierrez said the wind pushed the flames away from the homes and none were damaged or destroyed.
No one was injured.
Fire officials believe a mechanical failure on a vehicle caused the sparks that started the fire.
KPIX-TV CBS 5 San Francisco
Twenty-three people were left homeless Monday after a fire in southeast Fresno burned through several apartments.
The fire broke out in the Vista Del Loma apartment complex near Belmont and Manila avenues.
About 50 people were evacuated from their apartments after the fire broke out.
Just before 10 a.m., a fire broke out in one of the apartments on the west side of the complex, and the flames reached a propane tank
Fresno fire officials say no one was hurt.
Residents were still evacuated and not able to go into their apartments because of smoke damage as well as lack of electricity.
Firefighters were looking into what caused the fire.
KGPE-TV CBS 47 Fresno
Police body camera video captured the daring rescue of 60 cats and dogs from a Northern California animal shelter threatened by a wildfire.
Video footage released by the Vacaville Police Department shows officers helping staffers at the Solano County Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals racing to get the animals out of the building on Saturday as flames from the Nelson Fire closed in on the facility.
The SPCA said firefighters were stationed on the property, ready to fight off the flames as officers, volunteers and staffers evacuated the animals.
The shelter said Sunday all of the animals were placed in temporary foster homes until the facility could be cleaned of ash and debris, and power was restored to the area. They hope to reopen on Wednesday.
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