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


Sunday, December 10, 2023, 01:29 PM


Saturday, December 9, 2023, 01:21 PM


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Thursday, November 2, 2023, 02:36 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

VIDEO: Girl killed in fiery crash involving 14-year-old driver in Los Angeles neighborhood

Tuesday, February 20, 2024, 03:00 AM

PHOTO: A teenage girl was killed in a violent crash involving a 14-year-old driver who was said to be trying to evade police in Encino Tuesday morning. The crash occurred about 12:15 a.m. after officers observed a Toyota driving along Ventura Boulevard with its headlights off. The officers made verbal contact with the driver who did not stop, but instead took off at a high rate of speed, Los Angeles Police Department Captain Jeff Hollis said.
- PUB DATE: 2/20/2024 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KTLA-TV CW 5 Los Angeles

Update: Los Angeles firefighter badly injured in Wilmington blast on road to recovery

Tuesday, February 20, 2024, 03:01 AM

A severely injured firefighter, who was among several injured when a compressed-natural-gas tank on a semi-truck tractor exploded last week in Wilmington, was extubated over the weekend and later was alert and able to talk, authorities said. Eight other firefighters injured in the blast were released from the hospital Friday.
- PUB DATE: 2/20/2024 12:01:02 AM - SOURCE: Pasadena Star-News

Firefighters remembered on 4th anniversary of deadly Porterville library fire

Tuesday, February 20, 2024, 03:00 AM

VIDEO: Sunday marked four years since two Porterville firefighters were killed in the line of duty. Captain Ray Figueroa and Firefighter Patrick Jones made the ultimate sacrifice while battling the Porterville Library Fire back in 2020. Both were searching for others inside the burning building, they gave a mayday call, then were never heard from again.
- PUB DATE: 2/20/2024 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KFSN-TV ABC 30 Fresno

Seven of 9 Los Angeles firefighters injured in truck blast have been released from a hospital

Friday, February 16, 2024, 03:00 AM

Seven of nine firefighters injured when a truck's fuel tank exploded have been released from a hospital, a Los Angeles Fire Department spokesman said Friday. The two firefighters who were most seriously injured remained hospitalized, Capt. Erik Scott said in a video update on social media. One was in stable but critical condition at Los Angeles General Medical Center's burn unit and the other remained admitted for observation at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center, Scott said.
- PUB DATE: 2/16/2024 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: ABC News

CAL FIRE C-130s almost ready to start fighting fires

Friday, February 16, 2024, 01:04 AM

VIDEO: California’s premiere firefighting agency and operator of the world’s largest civil firefighting aerial fleet, CAL FIRE, is nearing the finish line of activating seven C-130H fire tankers. In 2019, CAL FIRE began the process of acquiring seven C-130s from the United States Coast Guard and the United States Air Force through the National Defense Administration Act.
- PUB DATE: 2/15/2024 10:04:19 PM - SOURCE: KTXL-TV FOX 40 Sacramento

Heartland Fire Department's 911 nurse-navigators kept 600 people out of the emergency room

Friday, February 16, 2024, 02:09 AM

Every year, 16,000 people between El Cajon, La Mesa and Lemon Grove call in to the Heartland Fire Department's dispatch center for help. During the past year, however, nurse navigators have been able to help almost 600 people who would have otherwise gotten an ambulance and a fire truck — whether they needed one or not.
- PUB DATE: 2/15/2024 11:09:00 PM - SOURCE: KNSD-TV NBC 7 San Diego

FireRescue1 - Top Articles

Spotlight: Fluid Watercraft’s specialized patrol boats designed by law enforcement, for law enforcement

Tuesday, February 20, 2024, 04:12 PM

Derived from a standard design and equipment layout, the company’s RIBs strive to meet the unique needs of the law enforcement community

Fluid Watercraft brings auto industry-like availability to rigid inflatable boats

Tuesday, February 20, 2024, 04:09 PM

Available in three sizes, Fluid Watercraft’s RIBs are available in 30 days or less

21 years later: R.I. marks anniversary of The Station nightclub fire that killed 100

Tuesday, February 20, 2024, 12:40 PM

Hundreds visit the Station Fire Memorial Park each year to pay their respects

Selective attention is real: 5 tips to increase situational awareness on scene

Tuesday, February 20, 2024, 12:30 PM

Emergency response requires increased focus; this is a balancing act when approaching a scene with numerous factors in play

Extrication tools: Out with the old, in with the new

Tuesday, February 20, 2024, 11:01 AM

Is it time for a tool technology upgrade?

FF/medic in Minn. shooting died trying to save wounded officer

Tuesday, February 20, 2024, 09:35 AM

Burnsville Firefighter/Paramedic Adam Finseth was part of the SWAT team and one of three first responders killed on Feb. 18