VIDEO: A PG&E wildfire monitoring camera in Shasta County named "Eagle's Nest" captured the ignition of the Mountain Fire shortly after 11 a.m. Thursday, according to the camera's clock.
The camera, owned and operated by PG&E, is part of a weather and wildfire monitoring network that feeds data into their emergency operations center. The live feed from the camera is hosted by the University of Nevada's seismological lab. At least three other cameras in the network, Falcons View, Tuscan Butte, and West Peak 1, captured images of the growing flames from no more than 40 miles away, south of Shasta Lake. PG&E has been installing cameras as a part of their wildfire mitigation efforts and plans to install more before the year is over.
The fire is about 600 acres in size with 20% containment, according to an 8 p.m. Thursday update by the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection. No injuries had been reported.
KCRA-TV NBC 3
The new chief of the Montezuma Fire Protection District took a little break from the fire service, but never really stopped looking for the right job in which to return.
Michael O’Connor comes to his job after he had worked a couple of years with the Georgia Department of Transportation as a traffic manager, a job in which he was responsible for emergency response to the highways of Henry County, located about an hour or so south of Atlanta.
He said he enjoyed his time on the East Coast, especially learning about all the American history there.
The chief’s job at Montezuma proved to be the job that brought him back West. “It’s a small department. It’s close to Sacramento where many of my family are living,” O’Connor said.
“I started, actually, on the 12th,” said O’Connor, 56, who spent 25 years with the Hollister City Fire Department, climbing the ranks to chief.
He lives in Sacramento, but said he is looking to move soon to Rio Vista.
O’Connor started his career in the Sacramento City department, and has worked for the state Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, Slough House, Merced and Madera County.
Dozens of residents watched from porches and balconies as two vehicles were destroyed in a parking lot fire Thursday at the Chico Commons apartment complex at Amanda Way.
“We saw this dark black smoke coming over here and the next thing we knew we heard these loud bangs,” said resident Cory Smith. “When we finally saw the fire, it was 10 to 15 feet high.”
The Chico Fire Department received the dispatch call at around 5:49 p.m. Thursday and arrived on the scene shortly after, said Fire Captain Mike Watner.
No injuries were reported, and the cause of the fire is undetermined, Watner said.
Watner said it appeared the fire started in one vehicle and spread to the other. The fire was controlled and put out by the firefighters.
Residents surrounding the scene watched as the vehicles burnt and tires popped with loud bangs.
“We were just hanging out in the pool and all of a sudden we saw black smoke right behind us,” said Neilsa Seivwright, who lives nearby.
Chico Enterprise Record
After three consecutive and horrendous years of wildfires, there is an important shift going on this year in firefighting.
Cal Fire, Contra Costa Fire, Orinda-Moraga Fire, East Bay Parks, East Bay MUD, Lawrence Berkeley Lab and many others mean to keep their hills firestorm free.
As we've covered the enormous brush clearing project stretching 17 miles from Berkeley to Lafayette, we could not help but notice crews wearing gear that reads 'Firestorm'. "You know, they're working hard. They're working long hours. They're you know, away from home usually," Jess Wills, President of Firestorm Wildland Fire Suppression, Inc. The 25-year-old Chico-based company of 300 employees is just one of eight such companies in the nation dedicated to all aspects of preventing and fighting wild fires.
KTVU-TV Oakland, San Francisco, Bay Area
A man was taken into custody Friday in connection to nearly a dozen possible arson fires throughout Studio City.
Officials were investigating roughly 11 fires that started near each other between 4 a.m. and 6 a.m., according to the Los Angeles Fire Department.
Crews responded to a reported structure fire in the 11300 block of West Ventura Boulevard, which ultimately turned out to be a dumpster fire, officials said.
"One of them was next to a gas station, so we could have had explosions. All these things make this a significant threat to the community," LAFD Capt. Patrick Leonard said.
AIR7 HD was overhead as authorities set up a command center near the location of the dumpster fire.
Another fire broke out in the 3900 block of Eureka Drive.
The suspect has only been identified as a previously convicted serial arsonist.
The LAFD arson and counter terrorism division was called to the scene.
KABC-TV ABC 7 Los Angeles
New and faster dispatch technology is now getting Santa Barbara Firefighters on the move quicker than ever before.
It went into service this week after years of planning, testing and the evaluation of systems capable of alerting stations and also sending out simultaneous messages to mobile electronic systems.
Battalion Chief Chris Mailes says "instead of a human dispatcher putting a call out which actually takes time, the dispatcher is able to literally with one touch, send the call to each an every fire station that is needed to respond in less than a half a second."
Factors impacting a response involve the 911 emergency call, the response by the fire crews to their vehicles and driving time to the incident. This system will take 30 to 40 seconds off that process.
KEYT-TV ABC 3 Santa Barbara