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Monday, November 29, 2021

3 killed after fire destroys five Desert Shores homes

VIDEO: Firefighters were at the scene of a fire that took the lives of three people and destroyed multiple homes Friday afternoon in Desert Shores. The fire happened within the Desert Shores Trailer Park near the Salton Sea in Imperial County. Firefighters were at the scene of a fire that took the lives of three people and destroyed multiple homes Friday afternoon in Desert Shores. The fire happened within the Desert Shores Trailer Park near the Salton Sea in Imperial County. "During the overhaul of the incident, a total of three bodies were found and included an adult male and two juvenile victims," reads a post by the Imperial County Fire Department. Neighbors told News Channel 3 / Telemundo 15's Marco Revuelta that the victims were a father and his teenage son and daughter.
KESQ-TV ABC 3 Palm Springs

Fire crews work to extinguish attic fire in southeast Fresno, multiple residents displaced

Another fire has left Fresno residents without a home after fire crews worked to extinguish a residential structure fire on Sunday morning, according to Fresno fire officials. Just after 4:30 a.m., the Fresno Fire Department responded to a residential fire in the area of North Fresno Street and East Belmont Avenue. When arriving on scene, crews say they found flames spreading throughout the attic and that firefighters began conducting salvage operations while extinguishing the flames. Fresno fire officials say residents of the home were displaced, but no injuries resulted from the incident. An official cause of the fire has yet to be released.
KGPE-TV CBS 47 Fresno

San Francisco Firefighters Pull Drowning Coyote Out Of Bay; Treated and Released

PHOTOS: A wayward coyote was recovering Saturday after being rescued by firefighters from the San Francisco Bay. The coyote tumbled into the Bay along the waterfront and to the shock of bystanders was struggling to remain afloat. 911 calls to the fire department triggered a water rescue effort. A firefighter made a lasso and was able to keep the coyotes head above water while a fellow firefighter approached on a jet ski. The tired and fold coyote was loaded onto a rescue sled and transported to the dock where paramedics provided care for severe hypothermia. The coyote — named ‘Phoenix’ after the department’s historic fireboat — was transported to a veterinary care center.
KPIX-TV CBS 5 San Francisco

Firefighters put out Chico structure fire

PHOTOS: Fire crews put out a structure fire that broke out on the Midway in Chico Monday morning, according to the Chico Fire Department. The fire was first reported at 4:40 a.m. and when crews arrived the building was fully involved with flames coming from all four sides. “This building was built in 1945 and our biggest challenge was that most of the flooring inside of it was soaked with hydrocarbons - your oils, your gases, your greases - so getting this fire out was a difficult challenge,” said Chico Fire Department’s Battalion Chief John Kelso. Kelso said crews made contact with three teenage transients who were in a building adjacent to the structure that burned. The three teens told firefighters they were not sure if anyone was in the building at the time of the fire, Kelso said.
KHSL-TV CBS 12 Chico

One Dead After Oak Tree, Estimated at 100,000 Pounds, Falls on Encino Home

A tree, weighing in at 100,000 pounds according to firefighters, came crashing down on a home in Encino late Sunday night, resulting in the death of one man. Firefighters from the Los Angeles Fire Department responded to the call around 11 p.m. on Sunday, and arrived to see that the huge oak tree had fallen, with great force, on a two-story home on Odessa Avenue. The Urban Search and Rescue team, along with 30 firefighters, assisted those inside the home. Two women, and the family dog, were trapped on the first floor. They were able to escape with the assistance of the fire department. A man in his 60s was found on the second floor of the home, killed by the tree's collapse. It's too early to say what caused the tree to fall in the first place, but firefighters say it does not appear to be related to the weather.
KNBC-TV NBC 4 Los Angeles

Two-Story Townhome in Hayward Burns Down In Fiery Blaze, Displacing Five

Fire crews battled massive flames Thursday night at a two-story townhouse in Hayward, with the two-alarm fire displacing five after it was extinguished, fire officials said. According to a tweet posted by the Alameda County Fire Department Friday, the fire occurred the night before at 7:31 p.m. at a triplex on Garden Avenue in unincorporated Hayward. Firefighters arrived on scene to find smoke and massive flames coming from the building, forcing them to call for a second alarm. No injuries were reported from the fire but five residents were displaced.
KPIX-TV CBS 5 San Francisco

Wednesday, November 24, 2021

Pursuit in Contra Costa County Ends In Fiery Crash Blocking Lanes On Carquinez Bridge

VIDEO: A sheriff’s pursuit through Contra Costa County ended in a fiery crash, shutting down lanes on the Carquinez Bridge for hours late Tuesday night, according to the California Highway Patrol. The first sig-alert was issued around 9 p.m. A fully engulfed vehicle fire was burning on Interstate 80 just east of Pomona Street. Motorists were advised to expect delays and use alternative routes. According to authorities, it all started with a Contra Costa Sheriff’s pursuit that ended when the suspects collided with an innocent driver. Both cars burst into flames, blocking lanes for hours on the Carquinez Bridge. A bystander suffered minor injuries. Police have arrested 3 suspects.
KPIX-TV CBS 5 San Francisco

Summer wildfires and heat create Christmas tree shortage in the North State

This is the fourth year that Colley Tree Farm off of Hilltop Drive has operated in the city of Redding. Owner Brian Colley has been coming down from his residence in Eugene, Oregon since 2018 to sell fresh Christmas trees to folks in Shasta County and has trees for sale in many shapes and sizes. Drought and climate change have impacted forests in the Northstate, but also up north in Oregon and Washington where evergreen trees grow in abundance. Colley says it was a particularly bad wildfire season, heat wave, and drought that has killed a lot of the Christmas trees that he would normally be selling, causing a price increase of three to five dollars per tree. "There’s been a shortage of Christmas trees this year," Colley said. "The heat wave that was 117 just destroyed a lot of the trees that would’ve come to market this year."
KRCR-TV ABC 7 Redding

Women still make up just a small fraction of Bay Area’s firefighters

For Santa Clara County firefighter Angela Graham, responding to a hazardous materials call at a Stanford science lab, an overturned fuel tanker or a drug lab explosion are all part of her job. “It’s really pretty fun,” says Graham, a hazmat specialist with the Santa Clara County Fire Department since 2006. She’s also one of only a dozen women who make up a firefighting workforce of 221. Despite efforts to diversify its pool of candidates, the department’s share of female firefighters has actually dropped from 7% in 2019 to 5.4% today. Even though the number of women expected to enter a fire training academy next year is 22 — or 13 more than this year — “that’s minimal,” Graham said. “That’s not showing much effort.” Compared to fire departments across the nation, Santa Clara County Fire isn’t an anomaly. According to the National Fire Protection Association, an average of 4% of firefighters in the United States are women.
The Mercury News - Metered Site

House Fire In Sacramento County Sends 1 Person To Hospital

One person has been taken to the hospital after a fire at an Arden Arcade home Tuesday night. The scene was along Watt Avenue and Arden Way. Sacramento Metro Fire crews responded and found heavy flames coming from the front of the home. Firefighters went to work quickly and were able to vent the house from the roof. Thanks to the quick work of firefighters, the flames were contained to the one house. No other victims were found. The condition of the person who was transported from the scene has not been stated. Investigators say the fire appears to be accidental in nature.
KOVR-TV CBS 13 Sacramento

Firewise Communities Moraga-Orinda Fire District can stay steps ahead of a disaster

At least 25-30 communities within the Moraga-Orinda Fire District are already banding together to make their neighborhoods fire wise. Approximately two-thirds of the communities are located in Orinda, but Moraga is making a move to catch up. Firewise USA is a national organization that "provides a collaborative framework to help neighbors in a geographic area get organized, find direction, and take action to increase the ignition resistance of their homes and community and to reduce wildfire risks at the local level." The program is administered by the National Fire Protection Association (est. 1896), and is co-sponsored by the USDA Forest Service and the National Association of State Foresters, but it's up to neighborhood volunteers to keep each community's program successful.
Lamorinda Weekly

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