VIDEO: A C-130 nicknamed Zeus will be in San Diego County throughout the month of August, training Ramona-based pilots who normally fly CalFire's workhorse S-2 tankers.
The pilots are training to fly the much bigger aircraft that will eventually join Cal Fire's fleet.
The first thing you notice about the C-130 is that it's huge. It can carry up to 4,000 gallons of flame retardant. By comparison, the S-2 tanker holds 1,200 gallons.
“The crew can dial in coverage levels, gallon levels, however much they want, and then when it comes time to drop, they just hit right here and the computer does everything for us,” said Paul Huebner, Flight Engineer with Coulson Aviation. Depending on the airport's pump system, it can take 8 to 10 minutes to fill that tank.
Depending on the weight of the load, the C-130 can stay in the air for 4 to 5 hours.
Three crew members fly the C-130 compared to a single pilot for the S-2.
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The Vacaville City Council has voted to approve a memorandum of understanding (MOU) between the city and Vacaville Firefighters Association, but only after scrutiny by the public and some council members.
The previous MOU expired June 30, 2018. In January of that year, the city began negotiations with VFA and the two groups met over the course of 18 months to negotiate a successor agreement covering Aug. 1, 2019 to Oct. 31, 2022.
Among the terms outlined in the MOU are a vacation accrual increase for shift personnel from 72 to 96 hours for two or fewer years of service, a lump sum vacation of 120 hours granted upon completion of 15 years of service for shift personnel and 40 hours for non-shift personnel, increasing the current calendar year maximum benefit for dental from $1,500 to $2,500 and increasing lens allowance from every 24 months to every 12 months.
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Cal Fire San Diego crews are helping fire agencies south of the U.S.-Mexico border fight a fire burning hundreds of acres in Tecate, Mexico.
The Tijuana Fire Department said the fire was burning near a van factory along a thoroughfare connecting Tijuana and Tecate south of unincorporated San Diego County's Dulzura area. Cal Fire has been monitoring the "Border Fire" since it sparked about two miles south of the U.S.-Mexico border before 4:15 p.m. Wednesday. Within an hour, the blaze had moved north and was about an eighth-of-a-mile away from the U.S.
The fire agency had crews on the ready on the U.S. side of the border overnight in case the fire moved any further north but the blaze grew very little during those hours, the agency said. Cal Fire crews would use an aircraft Thursday morning to get the exact acreage burned. The Tecate Fire Department estimated the fire to be about 250 acres at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday.
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An explosive fire broke out Wednesday afternoon at a home in Lemon Grove, Heartland Fire officials said.
The flames erupted at 1783 Dupont Drive just before 4 p.m. and were accompanied by explosions, according to firefighters. When crews arrived at the scene, the home was 50 percent engulfed in flames.
The Sheriff's Department told 10News neighboring homes were evacuated due to the safety risk.
Crews at the scene resuscitated a cat in the front yard, 10News reporter Matt Boone said. It ran away after crews helped it.
No one was injured.
There was no immediate word on the cause of the fire.
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VIDEO: All lanes of Highway 50 are back open in Placerville after a truck caught fire and the flames spread to nearby vegetation Wednesday afternoon, officials said. Both eastbound and westbound lanes have reopened, Caltrans said in an update just before 5 p.m.
The fire sparked near Greenstone Road around 1:20 p.m. The truck was hauling a trailer when it caught fire on the eastbound side of the highway. The fire then spread to the trailer, causing propane tanks to flare up, according to the California Highway Patrol.
The fire charred an estimated 20 acres, Cal Fire said. Crews got to the scene quickly and were able to stop the forward progress of the blaze.
No injuries were reported and no structures were damaged, Cal Fire said in an update.
Homes off Studebaker Road were evacuated as crews responded. As of 2:30 p.m., the sheriff's office said it was starting to let people return home.
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People affected by wildfires in Northern California in 2017 and 2018 can soon file claims for housing assistance and other immediate needs with Pacific Gas & Electric Co.
They can file their claims online through the website for the utility’s wildfire assistance program as early as this week.
A federal judge overseeing PG&E’s bankruptcy case in May approved a $105 million fund to provide relief for people who lost property during the huge fires.
The fund will cover victims of a series of fires including the Atlas, Camp, Nuns and Tubbs fires. The deadline to apply for the funds is November 15.
Attorneys are also reminding victims who want to join the bankruptcy lawsuit against the utility that the deadline to file a claim is October 21.
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