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


Saturday, June 22, 2024, 06:30 PM

CA-KRN-Water 2024

Friday, June 21, 2024, 04:43 PM


Thursday, June 20, 2024, 08:38 PM


Wednesday, June 19, 2024, 06:13 PM


Tuesday, June 18, 2024, 08:56 PM


Sunday, June 16, 2024, 06:33 PM

Wilfire Intel - CA - Continuing

CA-LNU-Sites 2024

Tuesday, June 18, 2024, 02:33 PM


Sunday, June 16, 2024, 04:03 PM


Saturday, June 15, 2024, 10:49 PM

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

Latest News

DailyDispatch - California

Sites Fire in Northern California now largest in the state at 19,000 acres

Friday, June 21, 2024, 03:00 AM

VIDEO: A wildfire burning in Northern California continued to grow in size Thursday, and is now the largest active fire in California, according to Cal Fire. The Sites Fire in Colusa County had scorched more than 19,000 acres as of Thursday morning and was just 15% contained, Cal Fire said. Firefighters continued making progress on the west and east sides of the fire overnight Thursday, but the north end of the fire remained active, Cal Fire said.
- PUB DATE: 6/21/2024 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KNTV NBC 11 San Jose

Alameda County firefighter severely burned in Corral Fire released from hospital

Friday, June 21, 2024, 03:26 AM

VIDEO: An Alameda County firefighter who was seriously burned fighting the Corral fire near Livermore was released from the hospital on Thursday. It was a milestone that was marked by smiles and cheers from his colleagues as concern about the wildfire season continues with high temperatures forecast for this upcoming weekend.
- PUB DATE: 6/21/2024 12:26:03 AM - SOURCE: KTVU-TV FOX 2 Oakland

Los Angeles home engulfed by fire, quickly extinguished by firefighters

Friday, June 21, 2024, 01:30 PM

VIDEO: A dramatic fire ripped through a single-story home in Hollywood, prompting a quick response from firefighters who knocked down the flames. The blaze erupted around 6 a.m. at a house in the 8100 block of West Clinton Street, just south of Melrose Avenue. Los Angeles Fire Department personnel were initially in defensive mode as they doused the burning home with water from hoses.
- PUB DATE: 6/21/2024 10:30:00 AM - SOURCE: KABC-TV ABC 7 Los Angeles

Firefighters celebrate Corona Fire Battalion Chief becoming cancer-free

Friday, June 21, 2024, 03:00 AM

VIDEO: There wasn't a dry eye in the house as a special celebration took place at the City of Hope Orange County Lennar Cancer Center in Irvine on Thursday morning. In a moment captured on Good Day LA, around 50 uniformed firefighters from Corona, Orange City Fire, Huntington Beach and other departments across Southern California surprised Corona Fire Battalion Chief Brandon Willson with a "clap-in.
- PUB DATE: 6/21/2024 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KTTV FOX 11 Los Angeles

SoCal Coordination Center in Riverside County uses artificial intelligence to help respond to wildfires

Friday, June 21, 2024, 03:55 AM

VIDEO: Thursday marked the first official day of summer, but it's also a time of the year when we move into peak wildfire season. At the Southern California Coordination Center in Riverside County, multiple agencies coordinate and manage resources that respond to wildfires across California. Jennifer Ricci, the southern region chief staff of operations, says this joint intelligence operation between Cal Fire and the U.
- PUB DATE: 6/21/2024 12:55:00 AM - SOURCE: KNSD-TV NBC San Diego

20-mile procession honors Los Angeles County firefighter killed in quarry explosion

Wednesday, June 19, 2024, 11:03 PM

VIDEO: Colleagues on freeway overpasses stood in solemn salute Wednesday as a 20-mile procession passed for a fallen 52-year-old Los Angeles County firefighter on its way to his final resting place. Andrew Pontious, a 19-year veteran firefighter, died in the line of duty Friday when a burning front-loader exploded at a quarry in the Antelope Valley community of Littlerock north of Los Angeles.
- PUB DATE: 6/19/2024 8:03:00 PM - SOURCE: KNBC-TV NBC 4 Los Angeles

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Saturday, June 22, 2024, 07:44 PM

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Off-duty firefighters initiate rescue of Colo. skier after 2,000 feet fall

Saturday, June 22, 2024, 12:00 PM

Firefighters in the Skywalker Couloir area saw the skier fall, called 911 and descended to reach the injured man

Recent Mass. fires highlight problems of triple-decker construction

Saturday, June 22, 2024, 08:00 AM

Homes with outdated wiring, combustible decks were built before code prohibited balloon frame construction

Poll call: Is it OK to break the window of a car blocking a fire hydrant?

Friday, June 21, 2024, 05:57 PM

Where do you land on the hot button issue?

Proper hydration for firefighters

Friday, June 21, 2024, 05:30 PM

Gordon Graham says the time to think about hydration is now, not when you are immersed in an exhausting activity

Are sports drinks, water or IV fluids better for firefighter rehab?

Friday, June 21, 2024, 02:40 PM

Let's get smart about emergency responder hydration by understanding the need for prehydration and rehydration with water