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


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Wilfire Intel - CA - Continuing


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HI-Maui-Crater Road

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Latest News

DailyDispatch - California

California’s wildfires are burning far more land so far this year than in 2023

Tuesday, July 16, 2024, 02:00 PM

So far in this year’s California’s wildfire season, about 20 times more acres of land have burned than around this time last year. Since the beginning of the year, there were more than 3,500 wildfires across the state through early July, causing about 207,000 acres of land to burn. Around this time last year, about 10,000 acres had burned.
- PUB DATE: 7/16/2024 11:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KCLU-FM 88.3 Thousand Oaks

San Diego City Council confirms Robert Logan as city's next fire chief

Tuesday, July 16, 2024, 03:17 AM

The San Diego City Council Monday officially confirmed the appointment of Robert Logan II as the city's next San Diego Fire-Rescue Department Chief. Current Fire-Rescue Chief Colin Stowell is due to retire in August, with Logan taking over the role. Logan thanked Stowell for his personal guidance and said at the confirmation hearing that he envisions a truly representative workforce with excellent ambulance service, support of the city's lifeguards and wants to practice increased transparency and collaboration.
- PUB DATE: 7/16/2024 12:17:00 AM - SOURCE: KNSD-TV NBC San Diego

Coast Guard Training Center Petaluma trains fire crews to fight California wildfires

Tuesday, July 16, 2024, 03:00 AM

This past June, a wind-driven wildfire erupted in north-central Sonoma County. The fire grew to 1,000 acres within hours, causing emergency evacuation orders for over 400 people in the area, and threatening multiple wineries and vineyards in the storied Dry Creek Valley wine region. After a call was sent out by CalFire for any available fire responder units in the county, Training Center Petaluma (TRACEN) fire chief Chuck Funkhouser ordered a crew to head to the point fire to support CalFire efforts at containment.
- PUB DATE: 7/16/2024 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: United States Coast Guard

Fire damages Rancho Cordova apartment building, no injuries reported

Tuesday, July 16, 2024, 03:00 AM

VIDEO: Up to 20 people were safely evacuated early Tuesday morning from a burning apartment building in Rancho Cordova. Fire crews were dispatched around 3:41 a.m. to Cobblestone Apartments on Laurelhurst Drive near Highway 50. The fire originated outside in vegetation and briefly extended into a building through a wall and into an attic space, the Sacramento Metropolitan Fire District said.
- PUB DATE: 7/16/2024 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KCRA-TV NBC 3 Sacramento

VIDEO: Firefighter injured after blaze torches stacked pallets, vehicles, trucks and trailers in San Bernardino County

Monday, July 15, 2024, 03:00 AM

PHOTOS: A firefighter was injured while putting out a massive pallet yard fire in San Bernardino County, authorities said. According to the San Bernardino County Fire Department, firefighters were dispatched to the 15000 block of Whittram Avenue in Fontana around 8:15 p.m. Saturday. When they got to the scene, crews observed a “stacked pallet yard well-involved with fire,” officials said.
- PUB DATE: 7/15/2024 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KTLA-TV CW 5 Los Angeles

Firefighters make 'good progress' on 37,872-acre Lake Fire in Santa Barbara County

Sunday, July 14, 2024, 06:24 AM

Firefighters say they have made good progress on the Lake Fire, which has scorched 37,872 acres in Santa Barbara County. The fire has been burning north of Los Olivos since July 5th and remains under investigation. Over 3,400 personnel have been dispatched in the firefight with 19 percent containment having been reached this weekend.
- PUB DATE: 7/14/2024 3:24:00 AM - SOURCE: KCAL-TV CBS 9 Los Angeles

FireRescue1 - Top Articles

Portable power stations: Top discounts, deals and benefits for first responders

Tuesday, July 16, 2024, 03:09 PM

Use a portable power station to quickly and quietly charge radios, smartphones and power lighting and other devices when other power sources are not available

‘The ultimate sacrifice’: Chief Comperatore died protecting others

Tuesday, July 16, 2024, 12:28 PM

As we honor a fallen brother, we must consider our personal readiness to face tragedy and take action

Denver voters to decide if non-citizens can be first responders

Tuesday, July 16, 2024, 11:58 AM

U.S. citizenship as a pre-requisite could be removed for first responder jobs

Ore. wildland firefighter dies after preparedness activity

Tuesday, July 16, 2024, 11:30 AM

Firefighter Daniel Foley was assigned to Fremont-Winema National Forest

DEI programs: Identifying the most critical component and how to implement it

Tuesday, July 16, 2024, 10:39 AM

Does your department foster a culture of inclusion?

Pa. fire chief resigns after sharing social media post following Trump assassination attempt

Tuesday, July 16, 2024, 10:35 AM

The Prospect Park fire chief apologized to the department and residents, saying he was sorry for putting the borough fire company in a negative light