Fifty-foot flames flaring down Agua Caliente canyon in the earliest hours of Oct. 9 were about to devour the Mission Highlands neighborhood and race into the backyards of Boyes Hot Springs. That’s when Glen Ellen Cal Fire Capt. Sean Jerry studied the situation from a crest on High Road and said, “OK, this is what we’re going to do.”
What followed involved a bulldozer driving up asphalt roads and bursting into the canyon to dig a firebreak while Jerry and other firefighters set a back burn below it that kept the fire within a few feet of reaching 66 Mission Highlands homes and 15 minutes away from the thickly populated Springs area with 2,500 homes.
“It would have been there –– 100 percent,” he said. But they stopped it.
Santa Rosa Press Democrat
A fire ripped through the Navy's dental clinic in Balboa Park Monday, burning one patient and three staff members, confirmed the Naval Medical Center.
The flames broke out around 10:30 a.m. inside the clinic on the second floor of Building One at the Naval Medical Center, hospital spokesperson Mike Alvarez said.
Firefighters from the local Federal Fire Department kept the flames confined to one room. Crews knocked down the blaze by 11 a.m.
The victims were evaluated at the hospital's emergency room. Two were transfered to a hospital ward for treatment, and one of them was taken to UC San Diego's Burn Center for further care, according to the Naval Medical Center.
KNSD-TV NBC San Diego
A 46-year-old man died on Monday after attempting to rescue his dogs from inside a burning recreational vehicle in Rancho Park, authorities said.
The victim lived in the RV at 2734 S. Westwood Blvd. – in a residential neighborhood – with his wife and dogs, according to the Los Angeles Fire Department.
The victim's partner, Rachel Spencer, identified him as David Michael Plott of Alabama. She said they were engaged, not married.
The couple was gathering cans in an alley when a fire broke out inside the RV, according to Spencer. Plott entered the RV in an attempt to save their three dogs.
“I thought he was gonna come out because he’s tough,” Spencer said. “I thought he was gonna come out running with the dogs."
Some men tried breaking the RV windows to save Plott "but it was too late," she said. "I heard him crying 'I love you' and my dogs crying."
KTLA-TV WB 5 Los Angeles
Every day, Mike Thompson hears a new story about how last month’s fires in Northern California have affected people’s lives. Insurance is being denied. Tourism is down. Some companies have laid off workers.
“Block after block of homes are wiped out and cars are melted down to their skeletal remains,” the Napa Valley congressman said of his travels in Santa Rosa over the weekend.
And yet none of the $44 billion that the White House requested of Congress on Friday for supplemental disaster aid includes funding to rebuild California after the fires — which killed 43 people and destroyed nearly 9,000 structures — a move that’s sparked an outcry from Thompson and his fellow lawmakers.
Los Angeles Times
Preparing for wildfires is a big priority for many Central Coast communities, and one Santa Cruz neighborhood got a crash course Monday night.
The DeLaveaga/Prospect Heights area is especially at risk and Santa Cruz Fire wants them to learn to protect themselves.
It's a reminder inspired by recent devastating fires like the ones up north and even the Bear Fire, closer to home. While the meeting was focused on one neighborhood, the lessons can be valuable to everyone.
Scenes like the devastating Northern California wildfires are the nightmare of every homeowner in the Santa Cruz neighborhood.
For residents near DeLaveaga Park, it was almost a reality before a fire in early July was contained.
"It just was an eye opener, we were told that we may have to evacuate our home right away, in minutes of notification," said Dave Dwyer who lives across the street from DeLaveaga Park.
KION-TV CBS 46