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Wednesday, October 27, 2021

2 rescued from water in Cosumnes River Preserve in Sacramento County


Crews rescued two people from the water in the area of the Cosumnes River near Cosumnes River Preserve in Sacramento County, officials said Tuesday. The Cosumnes Fire Department said the two were helped onshore and into a fire ambulance near the visitors center at 13501 Franklin Boulevard in Galt. Rescuers went to the riverbank closest to the 7000 block of Desmond Road, and a boat entered the river by the visitors center. Cosumnes Fire Department said a couple dozen ground and boat crew members and a CHP helicopter were all part of the rescue. Rescue crews said a man and woman who live on a boat in one of the sloughs off the Cosumnes River left their boat a bit earlier in the day when the water level was much lower.
KCRA-TV NBC 3 Sacramento

Follow Up: Remembering the Five Firefighters Killed 15 Years Ago in the Esperanza Fire


Fifteen years ago Tuesday, five U.S. Forest Service firefighters perished battling a monster wildfire near Idyllwild set by a serial arsonist who had ignited multiple blazes in the area and was ultimately sentenced to death. On Oct. 26, 2006, the crew of U.S.F.S. Engine 57 was fatally injured while attempting to deploy around a house on a hillside north of Twin Pines to protect it from the Esperanza wildfire. The catastrophic blaze consumed roughly 41,000 acres, destroying 34 homes and other buildings, as well as killing a large amount of livestock. The fire also damaged a highway before it was stopped four days later. Capt. Mark Allen Loutzenhiser, 43, and firefighters Pablo Cerda, 24, Daniel Hoover-Najera, 20, Jason Robert McKay, 27, and Jess Edward McLean, 27, were victims of the conflagration, which started at the hands of former Beaumont mechanic Raymond Lee Oyler.
KNBC-TV NBC 4 Los Angeles

Redwood City ends fire safety program


Faced with a number of challenges, the Redwood City Council unanimously voted to end financial support of a five-year-old fire safety program aimed at encouraging owners of multifamily residences to install sprinkler systems in aging buildings. “We don’t want to lose sight of why this was instituted in the first place,” Mayor Diane Howard said during Monday’s City Council meeting. The city’s Fire Safety First Pilot Program was adopted in 2015 as a reaction to a string of apartment fires including two in 2013 that displaced a number of residents after destroying 147 units. One of those structures, known as the Hallmark House, has since been rebuilt and is currently accepting applications, Fire Chief Ray Iverson said.
San Mateo Daily Journal

Fire damages popular Kerman restaurant


Flames tore through a popular Kerman restaurant late on Tuesday night. The owners of Reno's Bar and Grill said the fire broke out after closing. They posted photos onto social media of the building's charred remains. Recent Stories from ABC 30 Accuweather Forecast In the photos, firefighters are also seen tackling the large flames. The restaurant owners wrote that the fire was heartbreaking and that they would rebuild. They also thanked the community for their support. No one was hurt. The cause of the fire is under investigation.
KFSN-TV ABC 30 Frenso/Visalia

Kobe Bryant crash photo lawsuit: LA County sheriff, fire chief ordered to testify


A Los Angeles federal judge Tuesday granted Vanessa Bryant's motion to compel depositions of Sheriff Alex Villanueva and Fire Chief Daryl Osby in her lawsuit against the county over photos of the Kobe Bryant helicopter crash scene allegedly taken and circulated by sheriff's deputies. In a ruling obtained by City News Service, U.S. Magistrate Judge Charles F. Eick sided with Bryant, saying her purpose in seeking the depositions "is neither abusive nor harassing." Bryant sued Los Angeles County last year, alleging that she and her family suffered severe emotional distress after discovering that sheriff's deputies snapped and shared gruesome photos of the helicopter crash scene where her Laker legend husband died, along with their daughter and seven other people.
KABC-TV ABC 7 Los Angeles

Rain on Lava Fire burns scars bring flooding in Weed


On Friday, October 22, flooding occurred along Highway 97 beginning north of the City of Weed. After the Lava Fire devastated the area over the summer, burn scars—remnants of burned-out tree stumps and debris—left acres of land previously covered in foliage barren. With the recent rains coming to the Northstate as a part of the atmospheric river storm, burn scars are a dangerous catalyst for flooding and mudslides. According to CalTrans officials, the flooding began at approximately 3 a.m., resulting in the partial closure of Highway 97 from Big Springs Road to County Road A12. CalTrans PIO Chris Woodward urged drivers to stay cautious and cognizant when driving in burn scar areas.
KRCR-TV ABC 7 Redding


Tuesday, October 26, 2021

Man Killed In Brentwood House Fire


A man was killed in a house fire in Brentwood on Monday morning, fire officials said. East Contra Costa County fire crews responded at 7:33 a.m. to the blaze in the 3700 block of Concord Avenue. East County fire spokesman Steve Aubert said firefighters found heavy smoke and flames coming from the windows when they arrived. They had the fire out by 8:21 a.m. and later found the body of a man inside the house. The Contra Costa County Coroner’s Office didn’t release the name of the victim, pending notification of his family. Officials were investigating the cause of the fire.
KPIX-TV CBS 5 San Francisco

Federal grant helps Palo Alto bring back firefighter positions


After slashing five firefighter positions because of budget challenges last year, Palo Alto is now preparing to revive them thanks to a federal funds. The city has received a $3.66 million grant from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to support the salaries and benefits for the positions for three years. The Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) grant is restricted to covering the salaries of new firefighters, whom the city is required to hire by February to retain grant eligibility. According to FEMA, the grant was crated to provide funding "directly to fire departments and volunteer firefighter interest organizations to help them increase or maintain the number of trained, 'front line' firefighters available in their communities." The grant spells a bit of good news for Palo Alto, which slashed its budget by about $40 million last year because of plunging revenues.
Palo Alto Online

3-Alarm Blaze Rips Through Abandoned Covina School


A three-alarm fire tore through an abandoned school in Covina early Tuesday morning. The fire was reported at an abandoned adult school in the 16200 block of East San Bernardino Road at about 2:40 a.m., according to the Los Angeles County Fire Department. Crews were still battling the flames as of 4:30 a.m. There was no word of any injuries. Officials did not disclose what may have sparked the blaze.
KCAL-TV CBS 9 Los Angeles

KNP Complex firefighters shelter in place amid bomb cyclone; could storm extinguish wildfire?


An atmospheric river buffeted the Sierra Nevada with several inches of rain and feet of snow on Monday, sidelining firefighters who were forced to shelter in place to avoid potential mudslides and floods while battling the KNP Complex and Windy fires. The massive storm system could be a mixed blessing for fire managers hoping that the torrential downpour will extinguish flames lingering in the heaviest and longest-burning fuels. "The best-case scenario, in a perfect world, is the rain would be able to get into those [heavy fuels] and really help us [with] putting out the fire, putting out the heat," said Kimberly Kashlak, fire information officer, California Incident Management Team 12.
Visalia Times Delta - Metered Site

Police investigating possible pot grow after NW Fresno house fire


Police are investigating a possible marijuana grow after a fire burned through the roof of a northwest Fresno home. A house on Indianapolis and Lorna Avenues caught fire around 8:30 Monday night. Firefighters put out flames burning in the attic and that's when they found materials that could be connected to a grow. Police are investigating whether that operation was legal or not. The two people who lived in the home are now displaced.
KFSN-TV ABC 30 Frenso/Visalia

Today Marks 15th Anniversary of Deadly Esperanza Wildfire


Fifteen years ago Tuesday, five U.S. Forest Service firefighters perished battling a monster wildfire near Idyllwild set by a serial arsonist who had ignited multiple blazes in the area and was ultimately sentenced to death. On Oct. 26, 2006, the crew of U.S.F.S. Engine 57 was fatally injured while attempting to deploy around a house on a hillside north of Twin Pines to protect it from the Esperanza wildfire. The catastrophic blaze consumed roughly 41,000 acres, destroying 34 homes and other buildings, as well as killing a large amount of livestock. The fire also damaged a highway before it was stopped four days later. Capt. Mark Allen Loutzenhiser, 43, and firefighters Pablo Cerda, 24, Daniel Hoover-Najera, 20, Jason Robert McKay, 27, and Jess Edward McLean, 27, were victims of the conflagration, which started at the hands of former Beaumont mechanic Raymond Lee Oyler.
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