It looks like an above-ground pool with an amazing view of Fallbrook.
Then a helicopter thunders overhead, hovers only a few feet above the pool and dips a large tube into the water. The large round metal tub is actually San Diego County’s first rapid aerial water supply. The folks who built it call it a helicopter hydrant; heli-hydrant for short.
“This is critically important,” said North County Fire Protection District Chief Keith McReynolds. “It’s going to be incredibly beneficial for not only the Fallbrook, Bonsall, and Rainbow area, but for the entire region.”
Just like a fire hydrant makes it easy for a firetruck to get water, the heli-hydrant makes it easier for firefighting helicopters to get water in the North County mountains. A helicopter lowers its snorkel into the hydrant, takes what it needs, and flies back to the fire. The heli-hydrant will then automatically refill for the next helicopter.
KNSD-TV NBC 7 San Diego
A veteran Oakland firefighter will become the next chief of the Alameda Fire Department.
Nick Luby, currently an assistant chief in Oakland, will take over the top spot, Alameda City Manager Eric Levitt announced Wednesday.
Levitt initially said he was “very close to finalizing all the details” of the appointment in a Sept. 7 email to the City Council and top city officials. Luby will start Oct. 18.
“I have found Nick to be an experienced leader and believe he will be a great fit for the city of Alameda,” Levitt said in the email. Luby will replace Edmond Rodriguez, who took over as chief in November 2017 from Doug Long, who retired a few weeks earlier after serving over 29 years as an Alameda firefighter.
In March last year, Rodriguez went on medical leave. He did not return to duty and officially stepped down in December, Levitt said.
San Jose Mercury News
A 2-alarm fire erupted inside a cluttered home near downtown Lafayette early Thursday morning, heavily damaging the building before firefighters were able to bring it under control and prevent it from spreading to a nearby auto shop.
Lafayette Fire Battalion Chief Whit MacDonald said crews responded to calls reporting the blaze around 12:08 a.m. near the intersection of Golden Gate Way and Second Street. “When we got on scene the downstairs of the two-story residence was on fire,” he said.
Immediately, crews ran into problem entering the home because it was cluttered with debris. A second alarm was called in to bring additional resources to fight the blaze and prevent it from spreading.
“We had a difficult time making entry into the house due to a lot of debris,” MacDonald said. “So we’ve had to stay defensive.”
KPIX-TV CBS 5 San Francisco
In addition to a pending criminal investigation and potential federal probation violations, PG&E now faces lawsuits in the massive Dixie Fire, which is approaching 1 million acres in size after burning for two months.
Lawyers for 200 people affected by the Dixie Fire filed suits in California courts this week and a small army of lawyers is advertising to recruit clients from the fire's massive burn scar. "The last thing we want is for people to be revictimized," Plumas County District Attorney David Hollister told public radio station KQED, cautioning victims not to feel rushed to sign agreements with any attorneys.
The Dixie Fire, which started in the same canyon as the deadly 2018 Camp Fire, has destroyed more than 1,000 buildings including the town of Greenville.
KXTV ABC 10 Sacramento
The Caldor Fire isn't completely out yet, some evacuations remain in the fire area and part of Highway 50 is closed, but South Lake Tahoe says it's ready to open back up.
It was just about two weeks ago that the City of South Lake Tahoe was forced to evacuate as the fire entered the Tahoe Basin, but thanks to the hard work of firefighters and a good 'perfect storm' the city was saved. Now, as people return to South Lake Tahoe, the city wants visitors to know it is ready for them too. In a press release, the City of South Lake Tahoe pointed to clear blue skies as a sign that the city is open for business.
The city earlier projected that the Tahoe economy would lose about $40 million because of the Caldor Fire. The evacuations meant South Lake Tahoe and much of the lake were closed during the normally busy Labor Day weekend.
KXTV ABC 10 Sacramento