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


Wednesday, May 15, 2024, 03:09 PM


Tuesday, May 14, 2024, 04:05 PM


Saturday, May 11, 2024, 11:04 PM


Saturday, May 11, 2024, 08:48 PM


Sunday, April 21, 2024, 08:33 PM


Thursday, April 4, 2024, 10:03 AM

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

Thursday, August 17, 2023, 04:11 PM


Thursday, July 27, 2023, 06:03 PM

Latest News

DailyDispatch - California

Fiery Fremont car crash kills driver, injures passenger

Tuesday, May 21, 2024, 01:19 PM

VIDEO/PHOTOS: The driver of a car died after slamming into a tree in Fremont early Tuesday morning, causing the vehicle to burst into flames. Police have not identified who died, but family members told KTVU the driver was their cousin. The driver's passenger was injured in the fiery crash. The family did not want to speak publicly.
- PUB DATE: 5/21/2024 10:19:17 AM - SOURCE: KTVU-TV FOX 2 Oakland

Orange County offering free skin cancer screenings to current and retired firefighters

Wednesday, May 22, 2024, 03:00 AM

VIDEO: Because of their jobs, firefighters have a much higher risk of developing skin cancer, according to Dr. Steven Wang. That's why he's offering free screenings to current and retired firefighters during Skin Cancer Awareness Month. Retired Orange County Fire Captain Jeffrey Johnson said his appointment to check his skin at Hoag Irvine is long overdue.
- PUB DATE: 5/22/2024 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KCAL-TV CBS 9 Los Angeles

San Diego ranks third in U.S. for wildfire risk, repair costs nearly doubled since 2019

Wednesday, May 22, 2024, 03:00 AM

Wildfire season in California has just begun and Cal Fire has already reported nearly 800 wildfires since the start of the year. Last week, a brush fire that burned 18 acres in rural East County was previously believed to have the potential to spread to 100 acres. According to a recent analysis by CoreLogic, the top four places with the highest wildfire risk this year are the same as 2019, which includes the San Diego-Chula Vista-Carlsbad area.
- PUB DATE: 5/22/2024 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KUSI-TV FOX 5 San Diego

San Diego battery facility fire could take weeks to put out entirely

Tuesday, May 21, 2024, 03:00 AM

VIDEO: A stubborn fire at a battery storage site in Otay Mesa is burning for a sixth day. Fire officials are preparing for it to potentially take weeks to put out. “We’re not sure. We’re preparing for the worst and making plans to be here for a long time, two to four weeks and will reevaluate then,” said Captain Brent Pascua with Cal Fire San Diego.
- PUB DATE: 5/21/2024 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KSWB-TV FOX 5 San Diego

Home Depot paying $1.3M for fire code violations in 2022 arson that destroyed San Jose store

Tuesday, May 21, 2024, 03:00 AM

PHOTO: Home Depot is paying $1.3 million in fines after an investigation revealed fire code violations following an arson that burned a South San Jose store to the ground, prosecutors said. Santa Clara County District Attorney Jeff Rosen's office announced the fine against the hardware giant Monday, which followed an investigation by the DA's office and the Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco Firearms and Explosives into the 2022 fire that destroyed the store on Blossom Hill Road.
- PUB DATE: 5/21/2024 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KPIX-TV CBS 5 San Francisco

Fire at Fremont Tesla factory knocked down

Tuesday, May 21, 2024, 03:00 AM

The Fremont Fire Department knocked down a fire at the Tesla Factory on Monday evening, FPD said on social media. The two-alarm fire started in an oven at the facility, which is located at 45500 Fremont Blvd. There have been no reports of injuries, and Tesla told FFD that all of its employees have been accounted for.
- PUB DATE: 5/21/2024 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KRON-TV CW/MyNetworkTV 4 San Francisco

FireRescue1 - Top Articles

Families of Texas school shooting victims file $500M lawsuit over mismanaged response

Wednesday, May 22, 2024, 04:57 PM

Uvalde families file suit against nearly 100 state police officers following a report that listed “cascading failures” in training, communication, leadership and technology problems

The threat is real: How firefighters can protect against skin cancer

Wednesday, May 22, 2024, 02:42 PM

With an increased risk of developing skin cancer, firefighters should follow simple steps to avoid sunburn and sun exposure

Elevate your endurance with the top jump ropes for first responders

Wednesday, May 22, 2024, 11:47 AM

From classic to high-tech, find the perfect jump rope to match your fitness goals

Guide to securing Congressionally directed funds

Wednesday, May 22, 2024, 11:38 AM

Understand the distinction and implication of Congressionally Directed Spending and Community Project Funding

How to structure your informal tailboard AAR for greater impact and efficiency

Wednesday, May 22, 2024, 11:28 AM

It’s time to go beyond the free-flowing storytelling to maximize our after-action reviews

Home security products on a budget

Wednesday, May 22, 2024, 11:08 AM

Practical upgrades like security bars, window films and wireless cameras can enhance your home’s protection without overspending