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Tuesday, September 21, 2021

’The garage door was in the middle of the street’; One hurt in honey oil lab explosion in Merced

One person is in critical condition after a possible honey oil lab explosion in Merced Monday morning. Merced Fire Department Fire Chief Derek Parker said the person was airlifted to a local hospital. "The garage door was in the middle of the street,' Parker told ABC10. The explosion was reported just after 8 a.m. near Colma Avenue and Wildcat Drive in Merced. Fire officials say the two-story home was fully engulfed by the time crews arrived. Five other homes experienced damage as a result of the explosion, according to Parker. In total, six homes were impacted. The fire did not spread beyond the original home. Parker did say firefighters found "a lot of marijuana" inside the home, as well as large cylinders of butane. Though what actually sparked the fire is under investigation he emphasized.
KXTV ABC 10 Sacramento

Fire crews contain wind driven vegetation fire in Suisun City

A vegetation fire threatening homes and a gas station in Suisun City was contained Monday afternoon. Suisun City Fire Department crews said they responded at 12:14 p.m. to a large vegetation fire burning near the corner of Bella Vista Avenue and Marina Boulevard. When they arrived, firefighters said the red flag weather winds were driving the fire towards multiple homes and a gas station in the area, so they requested additional crews to help. With the help of fire crews from Fairfield, Vacaville and Travis Air Force Base, firefighters were able to stop the forward spread of the blaze and contain the area burned to four acres. Crews are mopping up hotspots and the cause of the fire is still under investigation.
KTXL-TV FOX 40 Sacramento

Modesto could receive funding for 9 new firefighters, reopening of station

The Modesto Fire Department has been awarded a $4.2 million federal grant to hire nine firefighters over three years, which the fire chief says will reduce overtime, including mandated OT, and save the department money. The Federal Emergency Management Agency announced Sept. 10 that Modesto was among the agencies nationwide it had awarded Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response grants. “We’re very excited about this,” Modesto Fire Chief Alan Ernst said. “... It’s not something that is just given out. It’s a very competitive process.” City Council members voted 7-0 at their March 9 meeting to let the Fire Department apply for the grant. Ernst said he expects to ask council members at their Sept. 28 meeting to accept it. He said the grant covers the cost of the salaries and benefits, including the annual increases, for the nine firefighters over the three years.
The Modesto Bee - Metered Site

Highway 50 Reopens In High Country After Caldor Fire; Rebuild Just Beginning For Many Residents

Highway 50 is back open in the Sierra Tuesday morning after being closed for weeks because of the Caldor Fire. The road was reopened at 8 a.m. The El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office is handing out safety and assistance information at the Fresh Pond Chevron station near Pollock Pines for people returning home for the first time. Dozens of residents and property owners were temporarily allowed through the closure on Monday to inspect their homes for any damage. “A lot of anxiety waiting to get up here,” one resident said. “It’s going to be good to finally go back home.” People returning home are asked to keep an eye out for tree and utility crews who may still be working in the area. Further, those who have properties on US Forest Service land are being told to contact the Forest Service for access details.
KOVR-TV CBS 13 Sacramento

California’s COVID-19 case rate is now the lowest in the U.S.

With the number of reported daily COVID-19 infections steadily declining in California, the nation’s most-populous state now officially has the lowest coronavirus case rate in the U.S., the latest data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows. As of Monday, California is the only state where community transmission is considered “substantial,” according to the CDC’s four-tiered system measuring infection rates. The other 49 states are at the tier’s highest level of “widespread.” In the past seven days, the Golden State’s cases per 100,000 dropped to 95.3, federal figures show. The state’s seven-day positivity rate, meanwhile, is currently at 3%, according to the California Department of Public Health. Comparatively, neighboring Arizona, Nevada and Oregon have transmission rates that are more than twice as high as the Golden State’s, with positivity rates at least three times higher, CDC figures show. No state other than California has a case rate below 100.
KTLA-TV 5 CW Los Angeles

Monday, September 20, 2021

More Tulare County residents ordered to evacuate as Windy Fire spreads to over 21,000 acres

The Tulare County Sheriff's Office on Saturday issued fresh evacuation orders for some communities near the Windy Fire in Sequoia National Forest. The communities of Ponderosa and Quaking Aspen have been ordered to evacuate immediately. A temporary evacuation point has been set up at Porterville College on 100 East College Avenue. Anyone in need of assistance can call 211. On Saturday, the sheriff's office also issued an evacuation warning that includes M107 at Dome Rock, north to HWY 190/M90 at North Road (MT21S50), east to Route 21S05, at Needles Trail, south to Lloyd Meadow at Lower Peppermint Road (MT22S82). Officials say that while these residents are not required to leave at this time, they should prepare to evacuate if the fire continues to spread toward their communities.
KFSN-TV ABC 30 Frenso/Visalia

Firefighters Keep Flames Away From Famed The Four Guardsmen Sequoias

Four famous giant sequoias were not harmed by a wildfire that reached the edge of Giant Forest in California’s Sequoia National Park, authorities said. The Four Guardsmen, a group of trees that form a natural entryway on the road to the forest, were successfully protected from the KNP Complex fire by the removal of nearby vegetation and by wrapping fire-resistant material around the bases of the trees, the firefighting management team said in a statement Sunday. The KNP Complex began as two lightning-sparked fires that eventually merged and has scorched more than 37 square miles (96 square kilometers) in the heart of sequoia country on the western slope of the Sierra Nevada.
KPIX-TV CBS 5 San Francisco

Mobile home destroyed by fire in Ukiah

PHOTOS: One home was destroyed and others were damaged by a fire Saturday morning, the Ukiah Valley Fire Authority reported. The fire was reported around 9:12 a.m. Sept. 18 in the Rancho Del Rey mobile home park on Leslie Street, and UVFA Battalion Chief Eric Singleton said when he arrived first on scene the home where the fire started was “well involved” in flames. The resident, described as an older woman, was able to escape with her small dog without injuries, but her home was completely destroyed, Singleton said. However, the firefighter crews “made an outstanding stop” of the flames and kept them from spreading to the trailers on either side, though there was “minimal fire and heat damage” to the homes on either side.
Ukiah Daily Journal

Firefighters Work Towards Containment of 12 California Wildfires

Over 9,900 firefighters continue to work towards containment on 12 major wildfires and two extended attack wildfires burning in the state, Cal Fire said Saturday morning. Firefighters also responded to 22 new wildfires Friday, according to Cal Fire. The Dixie Fire in Butte, Plumas, Lassen, Shasta and Tehama counties has been declared the largest fire in California's history. It is currently 88 percent contained, having burned 960,641 acres, Cal Fire said. The Caldor Fire, which affects El Dorado, Amador and Alpine counties, is 71 percent contained, and has burned 218,876 acres. The French Fire in Kern County is 98 percent contained, and has burned 26,535 acres. The Windy Fire in Tulare County has burned 12,370 acres and is zero percent contained.
KNTV-TV NBC 11 Bay Area

High fire danger prompts Public Safety Power Shutoffs in the Northstate

Starting Monday morning PG&E plans to shut off power for more than 7,000 customers in 10 Northern California counties due to a Public Safety Power Shutoff (PSPS). Gusty winds and Red Flag Warning conditions create higher fire danger prompting the power shutoffs in specific areas where PG&E expects fire danger to be higher. The first wave of shut-offs was scheduled to start at 5 a.m. Monday In Shasta County, more than 1,800 customers are in the potential shutoff. In Tehama County, almost 1,400 customers may have their power turned off. In Glenn County, more than 300 customers. will lose power. According to the PG&E outage map , the estimated restoration is Tuesday afternoon and early evening. Restoration happens after crews patrol the power lines for damage and ensure it is safe to re-energizing the lines.
KRCR-TV ABC 7 Redding

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