Three years ago, Alyson Stoke never would have thought she'd be sitting down for TV interviews or that her name would be well-known far beyond her Northstate community.
"My kids don't necessarily like that everyone knows their last name, but it stands for something," the mother of two explained in a new interview with KRCR's Dylan Brown. Alyson's husband Jeremy, a beloved Redding firefighter, was killed while helping evacuate families from the Carr Fire as it ripped through parts of the city in 2018. The Fire Prevention Officer for the Redding Fire Department had cut a family vacation in Oregon short that week to respond to a widespread multi-agency call for help.
It was a scenario Alyson knew was possible, but hoped would never become a reality. "They go on fires. That's what they do. You can't think about it. You never think about the worst that could come," Alyson said of her nearly 20 years married to a firefighter. "You just kiss them goodbye and know that it will be okay."
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Nearly one month after a massive explosion rocked an Ontario neighborhood, several of the 80 homes damaged still need repairs. At Erin Uigalelei’s home, boards still cover windows blown out by the blast. She said she filed a claim with the city of Ontario to help cover the cost of repairs, but it was denied. “Our insurance is covering it, but we have to still pay the deductible,” she said. “We have to come up with $1,000, so that’s all that I asked for was help with was the deductible.”
A spokesperson for the city of Ontario said the city was not responsible for the explosion or the estimated $3.2 million in damage it caused. In total, 11 claims filed with the city have been denied.
“I feel like they do play a role in the responsibility because people have complained multiple times that that house has been doing illegal fireworks,” Uigalelei said.
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A small brush fire in Long Beach charred multiple unoccupied school buses Thursday afternoon, officials said.
Around 2:30 p.m., a blaze broke out near the 405 Freeway off-ramp at Orange Avenue, according to Long Beach Fire Department spokesperson Brian Fisk.
The flames expanded on to a school bus yard that sits adjacent to the freeway off-ramp.
At least three school buses were completely damaged.
No injuries were reported.
Photos shared by the department showed firefighters hosing down busses as heavy smoke surrounded the area.
Fire investigators were at the scene Thursday afternoon to determine the cause of the blaze.
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Most San Diego firefighters spend the majority of their career fighting house and brush fires, but this week, dozens are practicing for something very different - a plane on fire at the airport.
“In a house is what we call a Class A fire, typically materials, linens, and wood,” Capt. Derrin Austin with San Diego Fire-Rescue said. “With aircraft firefighting, it's the fuels, which are different than vehicle fuels, and more than likely hazardous materials that are part of the cargo.”
Also different, planes can be packed with people who are panicking to get out.
“One of the challenges is balancing getting in to put the fire out and staying out of the way of the passengers and crew that have to evacuate from the plane,” Capt. Austin added.
San Diego Fire-Rescue has a station at the airport and the crews there have to go through Aircraft Rescue Fire Fighter training every year.
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Napa County might use a high-tech system to try to detect fires soon after ignition, with the hope an early warning gives firefighters the jump they need to prevent raging, massive wildfires.
Ten or so poles topped with the artificial intelligence-based IQ FireWatch fire-sensing technology could provide coverage for 94% to 97% of the county, county officials said. The system can detect heat disturbance from fires even before smoke is visible.
The concept is that "it’s about as early detection as you can get,” county Public Works Director Steven Lederer said. County Fire Chief Geoff Belyea said the fire detection cameras already used in the county don’t have this technology. He was referring to the ALERTWildfire system that has cameras on Mount St. Helena, Atlas Peak and Berryessa Peak.
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Investigators need help to identify an arsonist who damaged a restaurant’s outdoor canopy in Koreatown.
A fire was set outside a restaurant in the 900 block of South Vermont Avenue just after midnight on April 2. The fire damaged the restaurant’s outdoor canopy/tent that had been set up to accommodate outdoor dining. The Los Angeles Fire Department’s Arson/Counter-Terrorism Section released surveillance video of a person they believe to be responsible for the fire. The video shows the person walking on a sidewalk, looking into the empty canopy area.
Investigators did not release a description of the suspect. But surveillance videos and image show the person appears to be a possibly Hispanic woman with dark hair, wearing a dark colored, possibly green shirt, jeans torn at the knees and sandals.
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