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Wildfire Intel - CA - Initial Attack


Thursday, November 24, 2022, 06:07 PM


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Wednesday, November 16, 2022, 11:18 PM

CA-MVU-Willow 9

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Wilfire Intel - CA - Continuing


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CA-TNF-Mosquito (Contained)

Wednesday, September 7, 2022, 12:33 AM

CA-BDF-Radford (Contained)

Tuesday, September 6, 2022, 11:22 AM


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CA-KNF-Yeti (Formerly China 2)

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Latest News

DailyDispatch - California

Buchanan YMCA Catches Fire, Sustains Major Damages, San Francisco Fire Department Says

Monday, November 28, 2022, 06:50 PM

VIDEO: A San Francisco YMCA facility in Japantown suffered major damages after it caught on fire on Sunday, fire officials said. Though no injuries were reported, the building on Buchanan and Geary streets suffered major damage on its exterior and moderate damage on two floors, said a San Francisco Fire Department spokesperson.
- PUB DATE: 11/28/2022 3:50:59 PM - SOURCE: KNTV NBC 11 San Jose

Salinas Fire Department warns cold weather could lead to increase in homeless fires

Monday, November 28, 2022, 08:35 PM

The cold days are creeping into the Central Coast. Those who don’t have a roof over their head are trying to stay warm. Some move from place to place. Others are staying put and looking to find resources. Some can rely on things like heaters at home or new jackets. But what about those that have to sleep in the streets? Some resources can help, like Community Human Services.
- PUB DATE: 11/28/2022 5:35:58 PM - SOURCE: KION-TV CBS 46 Monterey

Camp Fire survivors want PG&E settlement payouts to be exempt from federal taxes

Tuesday, November 29, 2022, 03:00 AM

There is a new push to shield Camp Fire Survivors from paying federal tax on their PG&E settlement payouts. Right now, fire survivors who are getting paid from the Wildfire Victim Trust Fund are paying as high as 37% to the federal government depending on the tax bracket. The Wildfire Victim Trust Fund includes survivors making claims from the 2015 Butte Fire, 2017 North Bay Fires and 2018 Camp Fire.
- PUB DATE: 11/29/2022 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KHSL-TV CBS 12 Chico

How a Los Angeles firefighter cadet saved San Fernando Valley man's life and became family

Tuesday, November 29, 2022, 01:45 AM

The Platt family in the San Fernando Valley has a lot to be grateful for this holiday season, after its robust 79-year-old patriarch, Dennis Platt, was severely injured in July 2021 when a motorist ran a red light and t-boned his truck in West Hills, leaving him unresponsive after he crawled from the wreckage.
- PUB DATE: 11/28/2022 10:45:12 PM - SOURCE: Pasadena Star-News - Metered Site

Sky Lanterns cause concerns for Porterville Fire Department after house almost catches fire

Tuesday, November 29, 2022, 03:00 AM

A Sky Lantern was seen on fire floating above houses in Porterville dropping flames on a home's roof Sunday night. Porterville Fire Department is now warning the public to not use these types of lanterns as they can be highly flammable and dangerous. On Sunday evening Porterville resident April Cleveland recorded a video on her cellphone of a Sky Lantern completely engulfed in flames dropping fire on the roof of a house.
- PUB DATE: 11/29/2022 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KMPH-TV FOX 26 Visalia

Update: Jay Leno performing at Hermosa Beach comedy club, two weeks after burn accident

Tuesday, November 29, 2022, 03:00 AM

Jay Leno is returning to the comedy stage Sunday night, two weeks after sustaining significant burn injuries in a gasoline fire. The former “Tonight Show” host will perform in front of a sold-out crowd at the Comedy and Magic Club in Hermosa Beach, California, according to a spokesperson for the club.
- PUB DATE: 11/29/2022 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KMIR-TV NBC 36 Palm Springs

FireRescue1 - Top Articles

Secret Service rental vehicles catch fire at Mass. airport following president's trip to the area

Tuesday, November 29, 2022, 09:52 PM

While the investigation is ongoing, a local news outlet reports that one vehicle was under a safety recall due to a faulty battery junction box that can cause fires

Ohio fire marshal suffers medical emergency, crashes pickup into station

Tuesday, November 29, 2022, 07:26 PM

"Our guys did exactly what they were trained to do,” Vermilion Fire Chief Bill Brown said, describing how firefighters, officers and EMS providers responded

Alabama becomes first state to add peer support training to fire recruit curriculum

Tuesday, November 29, 2022, 01:58 PM

The graduates will be taught to recognize symptoms of behavioral health issues and how to counsel someone in crisis

Ford recalls over 634K SUVs due to fuel leaks and fire risk

Tuesday, November 29, 2022, 01:13 PM

The automaker recommends that people with 2020-2023 models of Bronco Sport or Escape SUVs stop driving the vehicles or park them outdoors

Webinar: Windows 11 and mobile computing for fire and rescue

Tuesday, November 29, 2022, 12:41 PM

Join us to hear about use cases deployed on Zebra devices running Windows Pro and how you can adopt these technologies for your teams

Fla. city sues to block 2 firefighters from receiving state cancer benefits

Tuesday, November 29, 2022, 12:15 PM

Orlando has spent nearly $35,000 so far on legal fees for the case against District Chief Scott Suehle and another firefighter

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