WELCOME!
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!

Resources

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

CA-CND-Hurricane

Saturday, July 13, 2024, 04:31 PM

CA-ANF-Copper

Saturday, July 13, 2024, 12:42 AM

CA-RRU-Pauba

Friday, July 12, 2024, 06:40 PM

CA-NEU-Athens

Friday, July 12, 2024, 06:04 PM

CA-RRU-Bluff

Friday, July 12, 2024, 03:14 PM

CA-NEU-Freedom

Friday, July 12, 2024, 02:17 AM

Wilfire Intel - CA - Continuing

CA-KRN-Rancho

Saturday, July 13, 2024, 11:22 PM

CA-KRN-White

Saturday, July 13, 2024, 03:42 PM

HI-Maui-Crater Road

Thursday, July 11, 2024, 06:55 PM

CA-TNF-Royal

Monday, July 8, 2024, 11:45 AM

CA-BDF-Vista

Sunday, July 7, 2024, 04:53 PM

CA-LPF-Lake

Friday, July 5, 2024, 07:04 PM

Latest News

DailyDispatch - California

San Diego lifeguards rescue girl trapped under sand at Mission Beach

Wednesday, July 17, 2024, 03:00 AM

VIDEO: The San Diego Fire Department rescued a girl stuck nearly 7-feet-deep inside the sand in Mission Beach near Belmont Park. First responders arrived at Mission Beach at around 4:50 p.m. on Tuesday afternoon. A crowd of beachgoers watched over San Diego Fire-Rescue personnel as they dug into the sand attempting to rescue the 16-year-old girl stuck underneath.
- PUB DATE: 7/17/2024 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KFMB-TV CBS 8 San Diego

Base camp crews work to assist Lake Fire fight

Wednesday, July 17, 2024, 07:05 AM

VIDEO: Over 3-thousand personnel are working at base camps in both the Santa Maria and Nipomo locations to fight the lake fire. At the base camps there are laundry, medical tents, a mobile kitchen unit, sleeping trailers and more for the many responders from various agencies to work together on battling the lake fire.
- PUB DATE: 7/17/2024 4:05:18 AM - SOURCE: KEYT-TV ABC 3 Santa Barbara

734 lightning strikes hit Kern County causing wildfires that have burned thousands of acres

Wednesday, July 17, 2024, 03:00 AM

The start of the week saw a handful of wildfires burning in Kern County. On Tuesday morning, Kern County Fire Chief Aaron Duncan brought an update to County Supervisors. “In total there were 734 lightning strikes in Kern County,” said Duncan. “These strikes resulted in over five large wildland incidents, burning over 31,000 acres and requiring eight evacuation warnings and orders to be placed.
- PUB DATE: 7/17/2024 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KGET-TV NBC/CW+ 17 Bakersfield

Lightning sparks Hill Fire south of Willow Creek; Evacuations ordered near Spike Buck Mountain

Wednesday, July 17, 2024, 12:19 AM

Lightning strikes occurred near the Humboldt county/Trinity county line Monday night, and as residents in the area woke up Tuesday, smoke was in the air. What has been dubbed “the Hill Fire” is burning in eastern Humboldt in the Six Rivers National Forest. The Six Rivers National Forest spans almost 1 million acres from the Oregon California border south to Mendocino,” Adrianne Rubiaco of the Six Rivers National Forest told Redwood News.
- PUB DATE: 7/16/2024 9:19:05 PM - SOURCE: KIEM-TV NBC 3 Eureka

California’s wildfires are burning far more land so far this year than in 2023

Tuesday, July 16, 2024, 02:00 PM

So far in this year’s California’s wildfire season, about 20 times more acres of land have burned than around this time last year. Since the beginning of the year, there were more than 3,500 wildfires across the state through early July, causing about 207,000 acres of land to burn. Around this time last year, about 10,000 acres had burned.
- PUB DATE: 7/16/2024 11:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KCLU-FM 88.3 Thousand Oaks

San Diego City Council confirms Robert Logan as city's next fire chief

Tuesday, July 16, 2024, 03:17 AM

The San Diego City Council Monday officially confirmed the appointment of Robert Logan II as the city's next San Diego Fire-Rescue Department Chief. Current Fire-Rescue Chief Colin Stowell is due to retire in August, with Logan taking over the role. Logan thanked Stowell for his personal guidance and said at the confirmation hearing that he envisions a truly representative workforce with excellent ambulance service, support of the city's lifeguards and wants to practice increased transparency and collaboration.
- PUB DATE: 7/16/2024 12:17:00 AM - SOURCE: KNSD-TV NBC San Diego

FireRescue1 - Top Articles

22 awesome firefighter tattoos

Wednesday, July 17, 2024, 02:47 PM

Firefighters use ink to honor the brotherhood, fallen members and so much more

5 ways to destroy your firefighting career on social media

Wednesday, July 17, 2024, 01:22 PM

If you're on the hunt for creative way to toss away that great career in firefighting, here the answer: Be irresponsible and reckless on social media

Driving within the lines: Apparatus training, policy and maintenance

Wednesday, July 17, 2024, 01:20 PM

Many apparatus crashes could be prevented through simple process improvements and mechanical checks

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