Despite blazing temperatures and difficult terrain, firefighters have increased containment on the Dam Fire which has burned more than 200 acres in the mountains north of Azusa, officials said Friday.
The wildfire erupted Thursday afternoon around 1:45 p.m. in the 9500 block of North San Gabriel Canyon Road, near Morris Dam in the Angeles National Forest, the Los Angeles County Fire Department reported.
As of Friday morning, the Dam Fire had burned 217 acres and was 40% contained. Firefighters are continuing to aggressively work on gaining the upper hand despite sweltering temperatures.
“The combination of hot temperatures, low relative humidities, locally gusty winds, and drying fuels will bring elevated fire weather conditions to the Dam Fire burn area today,” officials said on the wildfire’s InciWeb page.
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Two people plead guilty for falsely claiming they lost their homes in the 2018 Camp Fire, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of California announced Thursday in a press release.
Daniel Connelly, 55, and Patrick Prigmore, 54, both plead guilty in separate court cases that they filed for Federal Emergency Management Agency [FEMA] benefits while lying that their homes were in Paradise, Calif. The Camp Fire killed 84 people and nearly wiped out the city of Paradise. According to court documents, Connelly filed an application on Jan. 16, 2019, for FEMA benefits that his home was in Paradise, but he moved out months before the fire after his bank began the process to evict him. According to the press release, the home was for sale leading up to the Camp Fire.
Connely received $2,663 in FEMA aid.
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The sound of wind is rarely as sinister as it is at the beginning of “Rebuilding Paradise,” Ron Howard’s harrowing and heartrending new documentary. The loud, 40-mph gusts we hear are a grim omen, and they soon merge with other noises — anxious radio chatter, screaming sirens, the crackle of flames, the pop-pop of exploding tires — to form a chorus of fast-mounting dread. Through it all we hear a succession of human voices, trying to remain steady but finally abandoning any pretense of calm: “Please, we need your help, Lord,” a woman prays. “I’m scared,” another sobs. “I’m scared.”
You will share her fear. These opening moments return us to Nov. 8, 2018, the day the Camp fire, the deadliest wildfire in California history, destroyed the Butte County town of Paradise. The on-the-ground footage we see is as awful as what we hear: As flames lick at driveways and engulf crumbling buildings, as embers rain down on fleeing vehicles, we seem trapped in a conflagration so mighty and all-consuming that the entire world has turned black and orange.
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After six years at the helm of the Alameda County Fire Department (ACFD), Fire Chief David Rocha is ticking down his final days with the agency.
“When I informed the board in October that I planned on retiring, I certainly didn’t expect the transition to be impacted by a pandemic or all of the social-justice issues going on right now,” Rocha said.
In retirement, Rocha plans on enjoying time with his family, while keeping his eye out for future opportunities.
“Right now, I’m planning on taking a break for a little bit of time,” he said.
When Rocha informed the Alameda County Board of Supervisors and the county administrator of his decision, he was asked to remain in his role until his successor was identified. Now that a new chief has been named, Rocha’s last day with the ACFD will be Aug. 15. The board recently announced that Willie McDonald will take over as fire chief two days later. McDonald joins ACFD from Las Vegas Fire and Rescue, where he has served as fire chief for the last seven years.
One person was rescued and taken to the hospital early Friday as a 2-alarm fire raced through a 3-story apartment building near San Francisco’s Fisherman’s Wharf.
San Francisco fire officials said crews were dispatched to reports of a blaze in the 2200 block of Powell St at around 2 a.m. Arriving firefighters found a three-story building ablaze. The response was quickly elevated to a second alarm.
A resident and a dog were rescued. The fire victim was taken to the hospital with undisclosed injuries. Their condition was not immediately known.
Flames and smoke soared out the building near Fisherman’s Wharf and power lines were downed by the fire. The blaze was contained by 3:18 a.m.
Fire investigators will determine the cause of the blaze.
KPIX-TV CBS 5 San Francisco