California News

Thursday, June 13, 2024

VIDEO: Los Angeles church to be demolished after 2nd fire this week

An arson investigation is underway after the second fire this week left a church destroyed in the Chesterfield Square neighborhood of Los Angeles Thursday. Firefighters were called to the Holy Apostolic Pentecostal church in the 2100 block of West Slauson Avenue when the most recent blaze was reported just after 3:15 a.m. Thursday. Arriving crewmembers were forced into a defensive mode when they found heavy fire showing from the one-story commercial building. Video from the scene shortly after 4 a.m. showed firefighters trying to battle the flames from on top of the roof. The fire started in an adjacent vacant unit that shares a wall with the church. The adjacent unit contained a lot of furniture that caught fire before the flames spread and engulfed the church.
KTLA-TV CW 5 Los Angeles

Mayor appoints Robert Logan as San Diego’s next fire chief

Mayor Todd Gloria on Wednesday named Deputy San Diego Fire-Rescue Department Chief Robert Logan II as the city's next fire chief. “Deputy Chief Logan brings with him an exceptional blend of experience, leadership and vision that I believe is essential to guiding our department into the future," Gloria said. The appointment follows a three-month search and is pending City Council approval in July, with Logan expected to take over for Chief Colin Stowell, who will retire in August. Logan is a lifelong San Diegan and the deputy fire chief overseeing employee services. In this role, he supervises and manages six divisions within the SDFD, including recruitment, health and safety, community outreach, professional standards and training.
KFMB-TV CBS 8 San Diego

Video shows man punching Los Angeles County fire truck during response to car crash

VIDEO: Firefighters in South Los Angeles said they had to physically fight a man off after he attacked a fire truck in a caught-on-camera confrontation. A Station 16 fire truck was on its way to respond to a crash when the man suddenly climbed aboard the fire engine. “We were literally responding to a traffic collision and this guy just came out of nowhere, jumped in front of the engine and just started punching it,” said Andrew Chaing, a firefighter/paramedic who was in the truck at the time of the incident. According to Chaing, the bizarre encounter happened on June 7 near the intersection of Central Avenue and Nadeau Street, roughly half a mile from the fire station. Video shows the man punching the windows of the truck before he turned on the firefighters.
KNBC-TV NBC 4 Los Angeles

Girl Scouts San Diego leading the way in fire prevention in California mountains

VIDEO: For those who live and work in San Diego’s mountains, fire prevention is often on the mind, especially at Camp Winacka and Camp Whispering Oaks in Julian. That’s where the Girl Scouts San Diego is leading the way with new technology that burns away fire fuels. What looks like two large dumpsters in the forest, is actually fire fighting equipment that cost a hefty $1 million, paid for by people’s love of Girl Scout cookies. And that’s money well spent for those whose mission it is to protect this land. “The San Diego pine and oak trees are in distress and the beetles that have ravaged Cuyamaca have jumped thousands and thousands of trees," said Eric Williams, the Director of Property at Girl Scouts San Diego. Dead and dying trees cover this mountain range, "It’s crazy how quick a tree will go from looking healthy to being dead,” Williams said.
KXTV ABC 10 Sacramento

Wednesday, June 12, 2024

Several cars damaged after apartment complex fire in Fresno

PHOTOS: Several vehicles ended up damaged following a structure fire at an apartment complex in Fresno, suspected to have been started by metallic balloons, the Fresno Fire Department said. On Tuesday afternoon, firefighters say they received reports of a fire at an apartment complex near San Jose and Feland Avenues. When crews arrived, they encountered a vegetation fire that fire officials say was threatening power lines and spreading to parked vehicles. It took 16 firefighters about an hour to get the fire under control and cool all the hot spots. Nobody reported injuries, but firefighters say several cars were damaged. It is suspected that Mylar balloons tangled in the power lines may have sparked the fire. Fresno Fire reminds the public that these metallic balloons can conduct electricity and pose a hazard if they come in contact with power lines.
KGPE-TV CBS 47 Fresno

California Researchers Develop Board Game to Teach Wildfire Safety - Can It Save Lives?

Dozens of residents and firefighters gathered on Sunday in the tiny coastal town of Tomales. In the town hall, past a table of coffee and donut holes, they met around six folding tables covered with giant maps of Tomales and the surrounding agricultural region from Dillon Beach to Two Rock. Each map was a game board for “Tomales Resilience,” an experimental game that simulates a real-life wildfire evacuation. People play as themselves. First, residents calculated whether they would start with a bonus or a penalty. They added points for how prepared they are in real life, like by already having a go bag or a radio. They subtracted points for factors that could slow them down, like having multiple pets. Then, a Tomales firefighter used a spinner to generate the characteristics of an imaginary fire, including which day and time the fire would break out.
KQED-FM 88.5 San Francisco

’Oil Fire,’ ’James Fire’ burn total 75 acres in Kern County, Amazon Fulfillment Center evacuated

VIDEO/PHOTOS: An Amazon Fulfillment Center BFL1 employee shared a video with Eyewitness News as employees were evacuated and sent home, according to the employee. They said employees at the fulfillment center on Petrol Road were sent home due to how close the fire was to the Amazon center. The Kern County Fire Department said two fires Tuesday on James Road and another near Highway 65 burned 75 total acres. At around 2:28 p.m., KCFD firefighters responded to a report of a vegetation fire north of Bakersfield, west of Airport Drive between Carrier Parkway Avenue and Petrol Road, when they diverted to a second fire that they saw along their route, which burned just north of the Amazon Distribution Center, located on Petrol Road, near James Road, said KCFD. The fire, about two acres in size, burned in thick, dry grass, and was driven by winds.
KBAK-TV CBS 29 Bakersfield

5 rescued from burning boat in Monterey Bay

The U.S. Coast Guard and Monterey County crews rescued five people from a burning boat earlier this week in waters two miles off the Salinas River near Moss Landing, according to officials. The Coast Guard received a report of a boat on fire two miles offshore of the Salinas River entrance, in the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary and Salinas River National Wildlife Refuge area, at 3:30 p.m. Monday. Upon arrival, rescue personnel found a burning 47-foot water vessel. All five occupants of the boat were evacuated by the Coast Guard while Monterey firefighters contained the burning boat which was towed back to Monterey. The boat blaze was fully extinguished near the Monterey break wall, rescue personnel said. According to the Coast Guard, they prevented a potential discharge of 600 gallons of diesel fuel to the environment.
KRON-TV The CW/MyNetworkTV 4 San Francisco

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