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Wednesday, July 6, 2022

CAL FIRE crews pay tribute to firefighter killed 9 years ago on Monterey on-ramp

Colleagues paid tribute to a firefighter killed by a vehicle nine years ago in Thousand Palms. Fire Apparatus Engineer Christopher Douglas, 41, was killed on July 5, 2013, when he was struck by a vehicle on the I-10 on-ramp at Monterey Avenue as he was getting ready to respond to an incident Before his death, Douglas was an 8-year veteran of CAL FIRE. Douglas was a member of CAL FIRE Engine Company 35, based at the Roy Wilson Station in Thousand Palms but lived in Temecula with his wife and two-year-old child. CAL FIRE crews gathered at the site of the deadly crash on Monday, planting a flag in his honor. "This is what we do. We respect and honor and love. Each and every one of the firefighters, we're a family. They're our second family. And when something like this happens, we need to make sure that family is taken care of, and that we continue to honor Chris and his passing," said Retired CAL FIRE Captain Scott Visyak.
KESQ-TV ABC 42 Palm Springs

Downed power lines spark fire at Vandenberg Space Force Base, forward progress stopped at 50 acres

A downed power pole sparked a brush fire at the Vandenberg Space Force Base that had burned roughly 50 acres on Tuesday afternoon, according to public affairs officials at the base. Santa Barbara County Fire crews were assisting with the fire that was first reported at 13th Street and Watt Avenue at 3 p.m. on Tuesday, according to the county fire department. The fire was deemed the Watt Fire, and was not threatening any structures or homes. The wind-driven fire had burned about 50 acres by 6 p.m. when forward progress had been stopped, said County Fire Capt. Scott Safechuck. Weather conditions pushed drift smoke from the fire towards Vandenberg Village and Mission Hills area north of Lompoc, said county fire spokesman Mike Eliason, adding that there are no other fires in the area.
KEYT-TV ABC 3 Santa Barbara

Follow Up: Man with Leukemia displaced after illegal firework damages Fresno home

Some Tower District residents, including a man with Leukemia, are without homes after a fire started by an illegal firework ripped through several houses on the Fourth of July. On Monday night, witnesses say that the inferno started when a firework hit a palm tree near Farris and Thomas avenues. Helmet cam video showed the terrifying moments as the blaze exploded, ignited several homes, and then blew a transformer. “When that blew it sounded like a bomb going off I mean it was scary,” said Candance Fowler, who lives in one of the homes that went up in flames. Fowler and her husband, who is battling leukemia, are without a home. Fowler said just a couple of days ago, the two paid their bills for the month with his social security check. The two are now displaced and say they are afraid.
KGPE-TV CBS 47 Fresno

Moraga-Orinda Fire District celebrates 25 years of service to the community

The Moraga Town Council honored the Moraga-Orinda Fire District with a proclamation during its June 22 Zoom meeting acknowledging the 25th anniversary of its existence and service to the communities of Moraga, Orinda, Canyon and some adjacent unincorporated areas. Before an official fire department was formed in 1923, any fires that occurred prior to that period were extinguished by neighbors, farmhands and cowboys in the area. The Orinda Volunteer Fire Department was formed that year, while the Moraga Fire Protection District began in 1963. The proclamation, signed by Moraga Mayor Steve Woehleke, noted that "MOFD has 65 full-time public safety professionals who responded to more than 3,250 911 calls last year."
Lamorinda Weekly

El Rancho Motel blaze deemed as ‘suspicious fire’ by Barstow officials

The historic but recently-troubled El Rancho Motel went up in flames Tuesday, prompting a multi-agency firefighting response in Barstow and roughly a quarter-mile of Main Street to be closed. And now, Barstow Police Department is investigating the inferno for a potential man-made, criminal origin. “We’re not prepared to call it an arson yet, but we’re going to call it a ‘suspicious fire,’ ” BPD Captain Chris Kirby told the Daily Press shortly after 8 a.m. Wednesday. He said an investigator was still on the scene at that time, but awaiting lab results for evidence from the blaze may delay any solid determinations. “We are working with our investigators with bomb and arson and we’re trying to determine whether it’s actual arson or not,” Kirby said. “I’m thinking it’s going to take a bit of time — a couple weeks, or maybe even longer — to determine what the evidence is really telling us.”
Victorville Daily Press - Metered Site

Large Fire Damages Moore’s Riverboat Restaurant In Isleton

VIDEO: An early morning fire has damaged Moore’s Riverboat restaurant in Isleton. Firefighters responded to the scene along W. Brannan Island Road just after 4:30 a.m. Wednesday. Flames could be seen coming through the roof of the building, responding crews reported. Crews immediately went to work to stop the flames and protect other structures nearby. No injuries were reported in the incident. Units from the Isleton Fire Department, River Delta Fire District, Montezuma Fire District, Woodbridge Fire District, Walnut Grove Fire District, Contra Costa County Fire Protection District, US Coast Guard and Medic Ambulance responded to help in the fight. Exactly what started the fire is still being actively investigated.
KOVR-TV CBS 13 Sacramento

Tuesday, July 5, 2022

Firefighters Knock Down Major Emergency Blaze in Woodland Hills

VIDEO: Firefighters tonight battled a major emergency blaze in a large, vacant warehouse in Woodland Hills, preventing it from spreading to nearby structures and putting out the bulk of the flames in just over one hour. The fire was reported at 9:10 p.m. at 6000 N. De Soto Ave., said the Los Angeles Fire Department's Margaret Stewart. The 80 firefighters called to the scene went into defensive mode right away, surrounding the building with hose lines and spraying water on the warehouse from outside while protecting surrounding structures. At 9:37 p.m., Stewart reported the structural integrity of the building was starting to fail. The bulk of the flames were out at 10:19 p.m., she said. “The remaining pockets of fire are difficult to reach with exterior hose lines and due to the structural instability, crews will remain in the defensive mode,'' she said. "Therefore, this will continue to be an active, extended operation.'' Motorists were urged to avoid the area.
KNBC-TV NBC 4 Los Angeles

Person detained after fire forced out 5 people from Desert Hot Springs duplex

Desert Hot Springs Police have confirmed to News Channel 3 that a 29-year-old was detained at the scene of an overnight duplex fire early Monday morning. The fire was reported at the single-story building at 2:35 a.m. on the 66400 block of Desert View Avenue near Palm Drive. Timothy Bingham of the Riverside County Fire Department told News Channel 3 that Desert Hot Springs Police officers first noticed the flames coming from the back of the building. "Fire engulfed the four apartments and got into the attic and caused quite a bit of fire damage to the whole complex," Bingham said. The American Red Cross was called in to help the five people who were forced from their homes, however, their help is only short-term. One of the people affected is Eric Brockway.
KESQ-TV ABC 42 Palm Springs

100-year-old purple fire engine at Weaverville’s Fourth of July Parade

PHOTOS: It's always special, but there was something extra special about Monday's Fourth of July Parade in Weaverville: it starred a purple fire engine with a colorful history. And not just any purple fire engine: a 1922 Stutz Model is 100 years old. It was bought in San Francisco that year by the Redding Fire Department and, legend has it, it stopped in Willows to fight a fire on the way to Shasta County where it immediately fought a fire in Redding. It was eventually sold to the Weaverville Fire Department. The Clampers (E Clampus Vitus Trinitarianus Chapter 62) bought it in 1963, painted it purple for unknown reasons and it's been the chapter's "mascot" ever since. So who, or what, is this group? “Clampers started out in the mining days, back in 1849—1850s, and they were, pretty much, the guys that couldn’t get into the other clubs, you know, the more affluent clubs. So they’re kind of a renegade group," explained Past Noble Grand Humbug, Bob Simmons.
KRCR-TV ABC 7 Redding

Fireworks burn down 3 central Fresno homes on 4th of July night

It's been a busy Fourth of July for Fresno's firefighters. At one point on Monday evening, the department was responding to 12 different incidents across the city, as the skies filled with illegal fireworks. In one of those incidents, flames sparked by fireworks spread to three houses and several power poles in central Fresno. The houses, in a residential neighborhood in the area of Thomas and Harris, were destroyed and a total loss for the families. There was a 20% increase in Fresno Fire staffing because the 4th of July is one of the busiest nights of the year for the department. Fresno Fire investigators rode along with Fresno police, educating people on the consequences of illegal fireworks - and also citing them. "If we catch you with illegal fireworks, you'll be cited. If you start a fire, you're probably going to be arrested and cited for arson charges," said deputy fire marshal Jay Tracy.
KFSN-TV ABC 30 Frenso/Visalia

Electra Fire burns 3,034 acres, prompts evacuations in Amador, Calaveras counties

The Electra Fire erupted Monday “with a dangerous rate of spread” in dry grass near the Amador and Calaveras county line south of Jackson, prompting evacuation orders in both counties and threatening hundreds of structures, authorities said. Cal Fire said Tuesday morning that the fire had charred 3,034 acres and was 0% contained. The blaze has been fast-moving since Monday afternoon. Officials said Tuesday that 450 structures are threatened. By nightfall Monday, power was out for about 13,100 Pacific Gas and Electric Co. customers in Jackson and other parts of Amador County. The fire is burning in rugged terrain along Electra Road near Highway 49 and has sent a big plume of smoke into the air that could be seen across the greater Sacramento area.
KCRA-TV NBC 3 Sacramento

Vice President Kamala Harris, husband Doug Emhoff visit Santa Monica fire station

On Monday, Vice President Kamala Harris, along with her husband, Doug Emhoff, visited a Santa Monica fire station, where Harris briefly spoke about the deadly shooting at a Fourth of July parade in Highland Park, Illinois. Staying at her Brentwood home this weekend, the vice president arrived by motorcade to Santa Monica Fire Station 2 just after 1 p.m. where she and Emhoff spoke to firefighters and posed for photos with them, according to the White House press pool. Harris touched on the shooting in Illinois afterwards, saying she planned to keep a previously scheduled trip to Chicago on Tuesday. "So the president and I have been in close coordination and we are being briefed on what's happening right now in terms of the active shooter situation. We are sending federal resources to local law enforcement folks on the ground to make sure that we can help them in terms of the capture of the shooter and any investigation that will follow," Harris said.
KCBS-TV CBS 2 Los Angeles

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