As a full-time firefighter, my passion for serving my community and helping others is an integral part of my life. This website is dedicated to my career in firefighting and the many challenges and rewards that come with it. But firefighting is not just a job to me, it's a way of life. When I'm not at the fire station, I love to explore the great outdoors through hiking, camping, and mountain biking. These hobbies help me stay physically and mentally fit, which is crucial in this demanding profession.
On this website, I will be sharing my experiences as a firefighter, as well as my love for the outdoors and the various DIY activities that keep me grounded. I hope that through my website, you will gain a better understanding of what it means to be a firefighter, and also discover some of the amazing sights and experiences that nature has to offer.

Thank you for visiting and I hope you enjoy your time here!


I plan to keep this site updated with relevant resources and topics relating to the fire service. These are sources that I have found essential and/or informative during my career.

Current Lightning Strikes

This map shows recent cloud-to-ground strikes within the past hour. White indicates within 15 min, fading eventually to red at 60 min.

Data is obtained from volunteer based data collection network Blitzortung.org. 

I help contribute to the network and you can view my lighting detector data on my Lightning page.

Current Watches/Warnings

Fire Outlook

Wildfire Intel - CA - Initial Attack


Thursday, April 4, 2024, 10:03 AM


Friday, March 8, 2024, 07:43 PM


Sunday, December 10, 2023, 01:29 PM


Saturday, December 9, 2023, 01:21 PM


Saturday, December 9, 2023, 01:19 PM


Saturday, December 9, 2023, 01:07 PM

Wilfire Intel - CA - Continuing

CA-STF-September Lightning Complex 2023

Saturday, September 9, 2023, 06:25 PM

CA-SRF-Smith River Complex

Tuesday, August 22, 2023, 11:02 AM

Smith River Complex

Sunday, August 20, 2023, 07:26 PM

CA-SRF-Lightning Complex

Sunday, August 20, 2023, 10:12 AM

CA-KNF-Happy Camp Complex 2023

Thursday, August 17, 2023, 04:11 PM


Thursday, July 27, 2023, 06:03 PM

Latest News

DailyDispatch - California

Hanford hires new fire chief: ‘He is the right person’

Friday, April 12, 2024, 12:58 AM

The City of Hanford announced Thursday that a new fire chief for the city’s fire department has been chosen. Daniel Perkins has been selected to lead the Hanford Fire Department following the departure of Chief Steve Pendergrass late last year. According to the city, Perkins is a native of the Antelope Valley region of Southern California and started his professional career working as an EMT and paramedic.
- PUB DATE: 4/11/2024 9:58:10 PM - SOURCE: KGPE-TV CBS 47 Fresno

$225 million lawsuit filed against PG&E for damage caused during Dixie Fire in Northern California

Friday, April 12, 2024, 03:00 AM

A $225 million lawsuit has been filed against the Pacific Gas and Electric Company over damage caused during the 2021 Dixie Fire. The wildfire was the second-largest in the history of California, burning 963,309 acres, or more than 1,505 square miles, in several counties after igniting July 13 north of Cresta Dam.
- PUB DATE: 4/12/2024 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KCRA-TV NBC 3 Sacramento

All lanes reopen on NB I-5 after truck fire delays traffic for nearly 17 hours

Friday, April 12, 2024, 03:00 AM

A fire to a semi truck carrying cardboard caused major traffic delays beginning Thursday afternoon lasting in early Friday along northbound lanes of Interstate 5 near Grapevine Road. All lanes of northbound I-5 near Grapevine Road reopened at around 7 a.m. Friday, California Highway Patrol in Fort Tejon said.
- PUB DATE: 4/12/2024 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KGET-TV NBC 17 Bakersfield

VIDEO: Tracy pallet yard fire forces school, road closures

Thursday, April 11, 2024, 03:00 AM

A multi-acre pallet yard fire with 20 to 50 foot flames near Tracy lit up the early morning sky on Thursday. Since about 2 a.m., fire crews with the South San Joaquin County Fire Authority and several other surrounding agencies have been responding to a fire located in a 6-acre pallet yard along Grant Line Road.
- PUB DATE: 4/11/2024 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KTXL-TV FOX 40 Sacramento

1 person found dead following fire in Los Angeles home

Wednesday, April 10, 2024, 11:56 PM

One person is dead following a fire at a home in Sun Valley, the Los Angeles County Fire Department said Wednesday. Firefighters received a call of a fire at 4:17 p.m. at a home on the 7500 block of Craner Avenue. There, about 30 firefighters responded to the scene and were able to extinguish the blaze in under 15 minutes.
- PUB DATE: 4/10/2024 8:56:00 PM - SOURCE: KNBC-TV NBC 4 Los Angeles

Owner claims arson after taco truck fire in downtown Los Angeles

Thursday, April 11, 2024, 03:00 AM

VIDEO: A taco truck in downtown Los Angeles was seriously damaged in a fire, and the owner suspects it was an act of arson. The incident happened around 11 p.m. Tuesday near Grand Avenue and Olympic Boulevard, according to the Los Angeles Police Department. Responding firefighters quickly extinguished the flames.
- PUB DATE: 4/11/2024 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KABC-TV ABC 7 Los Angeles

FireRescue1 - Top Articles

N.Y. fire department celebrates 100 years of service

Sunday, April 14, 2024, 12:00 PM

The Durhamville Fire Department started with 25 members and a hand pump built

Old Calif. railcars find second life in fire department training

Sunday, April 14, 2024, 08:00 AM

Oakland's old BART cars are helping firefighters as decommissioned cars are repurposed

Okla. FDs mix members in competitive games to build relationships

Saturday, April 13, 2024, 12:00 PM

Teams in the Garfield County Firefighter Games are firefighters from different departments working together

Ohio homeless advocates, firefighters create mobile hygiene unit

Saturday, April 13, 2024, 08:00 AM

Lakewood firefighters, advocates and others converted an RV after a call to help a homeless person

‘Jay Leno’s Garage’ to feature all-electric fire truck

Friday, April 12, 2024, 06:05 PM

The episode includes a drive-around and demonstration of the Vector, REV Group’s all-electric North American-style fire truck

Webinar: HeartStart a way to prioritize your heart health: A vital message for first responders

Friday, April 12, 2024, 05:44 PM

Addressing the hidden dangers of cardiovascular disease