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


Sunday, December 10, 2023, 01:29 PM


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Wilfire Intel - CA - Continuing

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

CA-SRF-Lightning Complex

Sunday, August 20, 2023, 10:12 AM

CA-KNF-Happy Camp Complex 2023

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Latest News

DailyDispatch - California

2 injured, 7 displaced after 3-alarm fire in San Francisco with partial floor collapse, officials say

Monday, December 11, 2023, 03:00 AM

VIDEO: San Francisco fire crews responded to a large fire in the NoPa neighborhood early Monday morning. The 3-alarm fire was at Grove Street and Masonic Avenue, where multiple buildings were evacuated. SFFD said there was a partial floor collapse and two people were transported to the hospital. They say one of those people was injured after jumping out of one of the burning buildings.
- PUB DATE: 12/11/2023 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KGO-TV ABC 7 San Francisco

Crews continue to contain Somis ‘South Fire’ in Ventura County, evacuation orders lifted

Monday, December 11, 2023, 03:00 AM

PHOTO: Fire crews continue to contain the 'South Fire' in Ventura County's South Mountain that began Saturday morning. According to the Ventura County Fire Department, overnight the brush fire mapped at a total of 2,715 acres with 15% containment levels. At this time, forward progress of the fire has been stopped.
- PUB DATE: 12/11/2023 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KEYT-TV ABC 3 Santa Barbara

Sacramento strip mall demolished after 2 fires in 3 days

Monday, December 11, 2023, 03:00 AM

VIDEO: Sacramento Fire Department responded to a fire on Sunday morning in the same strip mall that was destroyed by flames days ago. The fire burned at 3811 Florin Road. While crews worked in the area, traffic was shut down in both directions on Florin Rd. Fire officials told KCRA3 it was the same location where they had extinguished a massive fire on Friday.
- PUB DATE: 12/11/2023 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KCRA-TV NBC 3 Sacramento

New staffing surplus could bring relief for overworked firefighters, Long Beach Fire Department says

Monday, December 11, 2023, 03:00 AM

Long Beach Fire Department officials say that — at long last — their ranks are fully staffed, something that could bring relief to employees who have complained of fatigue, mental health issues and unsafe working conditions because of firefighter and paramedic shortages. In a memo published by the city last week, Long Beach Fire Department Chief Dennis Buchanan said that an influx of new firefighters means the department is now temporarily overstaffed by 20 probationary firefighters, something that could provide needed flexibility in the coming months.
- PUB DATE: 12/11/2023 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Long Beach Post - Metered Site

Celebrating a big year of prescribed fire; how Cal Fire's 2023 season has outpaced the last

Friday, December 8, 2023, 03:00 AM

VIDEO: This year has been a big one for Cal Fire as the agency has been able to work on more prescribed burns than wildfires in the past five years. For Cal Fire's Nevada-Yuba-Placer unit, 2023 has been a nice change of pace after back-to-back busy fire seasons the years prior. Assistant Chief Steven Robinson said his unit has been able to keep the number of wildfires to a smaller size and do more work preventing future blazes.
- PUB DATE: 12/8/2023 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KOVR-TV CBS 13 Sacramento

Kern County Fire Department: One person rescued after vehicle falls 50 feet in Kern Canyon

Friday, December 8, 2023, 03:00 AM

PHOTO: One person was rescued after a vehicle went over the side in the Kern Canyon, falling about 50 feet down Wednesday morning. The Kern County Fire Department said on Wednesday, December 6, at around 5 a.m., firefighters were called to the Kern Canyon for a vehicle over the side, about 50 feet below the roadway.
- PUB DATE: 12/8/2023 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KBAK-TV CBS 29 Bakersfield

FireRescue1 - Top Articles

Mass. firefighter struck by falling debris

Monday, December 11, 2023, 01:33 PM

While Brockton firefighters were addressing hot spots, a firefighter below was struck by charred debris dislodged from the house

Source capture: The gold standard for keeping toxins out of fire stations

Monday, December 11, 2023, 12:13 PM

The MagneGrip PRO nozzle reduces diesel exhaust and diesel particulate matter, helping keep your members healthy at the station

7 tips for passing the firefighter oral board

Monday, December 11, 2023, 10:46 AM

Success in the firefighter interview is about far more than answering the questions

3 decommissioned Philadelphia fire companies to reopen with federal funds

Monday, December 11, 2023, 10:41 AM

Philadelphia is receiving $22.4 million to pay for 72 firefighters’ salaries and benefits for three years, President Joe Biden announced

Video: Historic abandoned Ind. school destroyed by fire

Monday, December 11, 2023, 10:23 AM

Twenty-mile-per-hour winds caused flames to spread quickly, leading to “(severe) damage” and the collapse of most of the roof, the Gary Fire Department said

6 dead, nearly 2 dozen injured after severe storms tear through Tenn.

Monday, December 11, 2023, 10:00 AM

Four adults and two children were killed in severe storms that hit in Montgomery County and north of Nashville