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Wildfire Intel - CA - Initial Attack

CA-VNC-Sandstone

Thursday, November 24, 2022, 06:07 PM

CA-VNC-Lynn

Thursday, November 17, 2022, 12:44 PM

CA-MVU/SDU-Willow

Wednesday, November 16, 2022, 11:18 PM

CA-MVU-Willow 9

Wednesday, November 16, 2022, 11:14 PM

CA-SHF-Fox

Saturday, October 29, 2022, 04:50 PM

CA-LPF-Howard

Saturday, October 8, 2022, 07:17 PM

Wilfire Intel - CA - Continuing

CA-MMU-Fork CONTAINED

Wednesday, September 7, 2022, 06:30 PM

CA-TNF-Mosquito (Contained)

Wednesday, September 7, 2022, 12:33 AM

CA-BDF-Radford (Contained)

Tuesday, September 6, 2022, 11:22 AM

CA-RRU-Fairview

Monday, September 5, 2022, 07:25 PM

CA-KNF-Yeti (Formerly China 2)

Saturday, July 30, 2022, 02:07 AM

CA-KNF-McKinney

Friday, July 29, 2022, 11:00 PM

Latest News

DailyDispatch - California

Oakland hills fire causes 'significant destruction' at home, 1 pet rescued

Friday, February 3, 2023, 01:45 AM

VIDEO: A residential fire in Oakland hills causes "significant destruction" of a home, officials said. The fire started around 4:15 p.m. Thursday and appears to be accidental, according to the Oakland Police Department. The original blaze was considered a "three-alarm" fire and three other homes were impacted.
- PUB DATE: 2/2/2023 10:45:04 PM - SOURCE: KTVU-TV FOX 2 Oakland

Related: Defensible space aids in battling Oakland hills fire chief says

Friday, February 3, 2023, 03:00 AM

Oakland's Fire Chief says the fire that damaged three homes Thursday appears to have been an accident. He also credited homeowners for complying with defensible space preparations, saying that "truly made a difference" in firefighters' efforts to prevent the flames from spreading. A column of black smoke rising from the Oakland hills was visible from miles away Thursday, as firefighters got the call at 4:17 p.
- PUB DATE: 2/3/2023 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KTVU-TV FOX 2 Oakland

Elderly woman saved from house fire in Watsonville

Thursday, February 2, 2023, 02:14 PM

The Watsonville Fire Department rescued an elderly woman from a house fire Thursday morning. Watsonville Police said they arrived at 9:30 a.m. at 49 Blanco Lane for reports of a structure fire. Two good Samaritans were helping an elderly woman who was trapped in the home when American Medical Response arrived.
- PUB DATE: 2/2/2023 11:14:20 AM - SOURCE: KION-TV CBS/FOX 46 Monterey

Stockton Fire Captain Vidal 'Max' Fortuna remembered a year after his slaying

Friday, February 3, 2023, 03:00 AM

A year ago, the Stockton Fire Department lost one of its crew members in the line of duty when responding to a fire at Aurora and Washington streets in Stockton. It was an early Monday morning, Jan. 31, when Stockton Engine 2 responded to a call of a dumpster fire at 4:45 a.m. at Aurora and Washington streets.
- PUB DATE: 2/3/2023 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Record Net - Metered Site

'We could have died:' Siblings describe Tesla spontaneously combusting in Sacramento

Friday, February 3, 2023, 02:49 PM

Mystery still surrounds the apparent spontaneous combustion of a Tesla Model S on a Sacramento freeway over the weekend. But in an interview with KCRA, siblings Sunit and Dilpreet Mayall described the terrifying moments their car's battery component suddenly burst into flames on Saturday about 4 p.m.
- PUB DATE: 2/3/2023 11:49:26 AM - SOURCE: KTVU-TV FOX 2 Oakland

Fire Damages 4 Businesses at Palo Alto Strip Mall

Friday, February 3, 2023, 03:00 AM

A fire erupted overnight Thursday at a strip mall in Palo Alto, damaging at least four businesses, according to fire officials. At about 11:15 p.m. Wednesday, fire crews responded to Middlefield Road and Loma Verde Avenue on reports of a structure fire. Upon arrival, they found heavy flames coming from a strip mall.
- PUB DATE: 2/3/2023 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KNTV NBC 11 San Jose

FireRescue1 - Top Articles

Video: Train derailment erupts in massive fire; firefighters from 3 states responding

Friday, February 3, 2023, 11:28 PM

People within a mile of the incident have been directed to evacuate immediately

2 fired Memphis EMTs' licenses suspended in Tyre Nichols death

Friday, February 3, 2023, 05:26 PM

The actions were not the "final disposition of this entire matter," said Matt Gibbs, an attorney for the state Department of Health

Photo of the Week: Practicing with high-rise hose packs

Friday, February 3, 2023, 01:56 PM

LAFD members were training this week at the Frank Hotchkin Memorial Training Center

Judge rules against Black firefighters who sued Fla. city over shaving exception

Friday, February 3, 2023, 01:38 PM

The Jacksonville firefighters wanted to wear closely trimmed beards to avoid skin irritations, but the judge said that would violate OSHA rules

Hawaii firefighter who nearly drowned shows signs of recovery, family says

Friday, February 3, 2023, 01:10 PM

Tre Evans-Dumaran moved one of his feet, opened his eyes, and gave a thumbs up, they say

Bodycam video: Distressed man in police custody waited 19 minutes for N.C. ambulance

Friday, February 3, 2023, 11:22 AM

A Charlotte Fire crew, not EMS, was dispatched after police first called for help; once on scene, firefighters called Medic to treat Jovontay Williams, who later died

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