Firefighters were working to contain a large brush fire that broke out south of Hemet, in unincorporated Riverside County, on Thursday.
The flames were first reported just before 2:20 p.m. in the 34000 block of Rawson Road, according to Cal Fire Riverside.
Just two hours later, it had grown to 300 acres and destroyed an unoccupied structure, and by 7:20 p.m. it covered 1,261 acres, officials said.
It was 40 percent contained, and by 10 p.m. it was no longer making forward progress, firefighters said.
The threat had prompted officials to place about six homes under a mandatory evacuation order, but the residents were allowed to return home after 10 p.m.
The blaze was being dubbed the Patterson Fire.
KTLA-TV WB 5 Los Angeles
Two firefighters were injured in a massive five-alarm fire in Stockton that forced nearby homes to evacuate.
Crews were called to a mattress fire in the area of Union and Flora streets just after 9 p.m. Thursday night. Investigators say firefighters faced heavy flames when they arrived.
About 400 mattresses were on fire in an open space about 100×100 feet large. The winds spread the flames to a warehouse and several nearby homes, including one home a block away from the scene.
KOVR-TV CBS Sacramento
Love your electronic devices all you want, but please, please, please don’t throw them in the trash when you’re done with them.
That’s a plea from makers of the lithium-ion batteries that typically power our phones, laptops and even power tools. Thrown into the trash or even the recycling bin, they can cause fires at trash and recycling centers. Last year, 65% of waste facilities fires in California began with lithium-ion batteries. And when one goes, others can, too.
“If there are multiple batteries there, you will have not just a fire, you will have explosions,” said Carl Smith, CEO and president of Call2Recycle, a national recycling program funded by battery manufacturers.
Two women escaped death Tuesday when their SUV plunged down a 300-foot embankment and into the Russian River in Mendocino County.
The car, which was driven by a 20-year-old woman from Las Vegas, was going southbound on Highway 101 when the driver lost control of the car and it cartwheeled down a cliff and into the river, according to the Santa Rosa Press Democrat. The sedan was mostly submerged in the river, the CHP said.
The women had just enough air and just enough room to get out of the car, the Press Democrat reported. They then swam to shore and crawled up a cliff to get help.
"They were lucky," Hopland Fire Department Chief Mitch Franklin told the Ukiah Daily Journal. Franklin told the paper that the SUV landed upright on a rock in the river, and that the water surrounding the rock "was very deep."
Firefighters used ropes and an improvised sling to rescue a 32-year-old horse who apparently fell down a steep ravine in south Escondido, authorities said Friday.
The rescue happened around 4:30 p.m. Thursday near Via Conejo, north of Lake Hodges, after the Escondido Fire Department received a call for help, Escondido fire officials said. The animal was on its side at the bottom of a ravine and unable to stand because of the steep terrain and rocks.
“With the assistance of a veterinarian and an officer from San Diego Animal Services, firefighters were able to improvise a sling and hoist the horse to level ground at the top of the ravine,” the officials said. “After a quick check by the veterinarian, the horse was able to walk back to its corral.”
Eight firefighters pitched in to help with the rescue, and nobody was injured. The 32-year-old horse is near the end of a typical horse’s life expectancy of about 25 to 35 years.
Times of San Diego
The Cathedral City Fire Department recently hired and trained six new firefighter paramedics, and now, they have all the equipment necessary to put them to work.
The Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians announced Thursday that it had donated $25,000 worth of protective gear to the department. Those 12 sets, six specifically designed for wildfires and six for structure fires, included boots, gloves, helmets, pants, coats and goggles.
A federal grant secured by the city last fall allowed the department to hire six new firefighter paramedics. The three-year grant was intended to pay for salaries and benefits for the new hires, while the city will pay for overtime costs. City Council members committed to keeping the six firefighters even after the grant runs out.
Palm Springs Desert Sun