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Wildfire Intel - CA - Initial Attack


Friday, October 15, 2021, 09:25 PM

CA-TGU Canal

Thursday, October 14, 2021, 07:12 PM


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CA-FKU-Kettle (Was KCF-41)

Monday, October 11, 2021, 07:26 PM

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CA-CND-French (SQF)

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Sunday, August 15, 2021, 01:53 AM

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DailyDispatch - California

2 rescued from water in Cosumnes River Preserve in Sacramento County

Wednesday, October 27, 2021, 03:00 AM

Crews rescued two people from the water in the area of the Cosumnes River near Cosumnes River Preserve in Sacramento County, officials said Tuesday. The Cosumnes Fire Department said the two were helped onshore and into a fire ambulance near the visitors center at 13501 Franklin Boulevard in Galt. Rescuers went to the riverbank closest to the 7000 block of Desmond Road, and a boat entered the river by the visitors center.
- PUB DATE: 10/27/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KCRA-TV NBC 3 Sacramento

Follow Up: Remembering the Five Firefighters Killed 15 Years Ago in the Esperanza Fire

Tuesday, October 26, 2021, 02:39 PM

Fifteen years ago Tuesday, five U.S. Forest Service firefighters perished battling a monster wildfire near Idyllwild set by a serial arsonist who had ignited multiple blazes in the area and was ultimately sentenced to death. On Oct. 26, 2006, the crew of U.S.F.S. Engine 57 was fatally injured while attempting to deploy around a house on a hillside north of Twin Pines to protect it from the Esperanza wildfire.
- PUB DATE: 10/26/2021 11:39:53 AM - SOURCE: KNBC-TV NBC 4 Los Angeles

Redwood City ends fire safety program

Wednesday, October 27, 2021, 08:01 AM

Faced with a number of challenges, the Redwood City Council unanimously voted to end financial support of a five-year-old fire safety program aimed at encouraging owners of multifamily residences to install sprinkler systems in aging buildings. “We don’t want to lose sight of why this was instituted in the first place,” Mayor Diane Howard said during Monday’s City Council meeting.
- PUB DATE: 10/27/2021 5:01:51 AM - SOURCE: San Mateo Daily Journal

Fire damages popular Kerman restaurant

Wednesday, October 27, 2021, 11:04 AM

Flames tore through a popular Kerman restaurant late on Tuesday night. The owners of Reno's Bar and Grill said the fire broke out after closing. They posted photos onto social media of the building's charred remains. Recent Stories from ABC 30 Accuweather Forecast In the photos, firefighters are also seen tackling the large flames.
- PUB DATE: 10/27/2021 8:04:35 AM - SOURCE: KFSN-TV ABC 30 Frenso/Visalia

Kobe Bryant crash photo lawsuit: LA County sheriff, fire chief ordered to testify

Wednesday, October 27, 2021, 04:11 AM

A Los Angeles federal judge Tuesday granted Vanessa Bryant's motion to compel depositions of Sheriff Alex Villanueva and Fire Chief Daryl Osby in her lawsuit against the county over photos of the Kobe Bryant helicopter crash scene allegedly taken and circulated by sheriff's deputies. In a ruling obtained by City News Service, U.
- PUB DATE: 10/27/2021 1:11:33 AM - SOURCE: KABC-TV ABC 7 Los Angeles

Rain on Lava Fire burns scars bring flooding in Weed

Wednesday, October 27, 2021, 03:00 AM

On Friday, October 22, flooding occurred along Highway 97 beginning north of the City of Weed. After the Lava Fire devastated the area over the summer, burn scars—remnants of burned-out tree stumps and debris—left acres of land previously covered in foliage barren. With the recent rains coming to the Northstate as a part of the atmospheric river storm, burn scars are a dangerous catalyst for flooding and mudslides.
- PUB DATE: 10/27/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KRCR-TV ABC 7 Redding

FireRescue1 - Top Articles

Mo. FF-medic dies by suicide; family urges PTSD awareness

Thursday, October 28, 2021, 01:39 PM

Independence Firefighter-Paramedic Chad Sappenfield had previously served in the U.S. Army

Ark. assistant chief dies in crash while responding to a call

Thursday, October 28, 2021, 12:05 PM

Lucas Stephenson was pronounced dead at the scene after his truck overturned multiple times

Firefighter, paramedics testify in Md. homicide case

Thursday, October 28, 2021, 11:45 AM

On the stand, first responders detailed the scene of an alleged murder after responding to a call for a 19-year-old gunshot victim

Calif. city votes to bill insurance when firefighters respond to emergencies

Thursday, October 28, 2021, 10:38 AM

Wittman Enterprises will bill for EMS calls; Fire Recovery USA will bill for fires, vehicle accidents, special rescues and hazardous materials calls

Stores, restaurants offer discounts, freebies for National First Responders Day

Thursday, October 28, 2021, 10:07 AM

Want a free doughnut or a bowl of spaghetti? Here are retailers saying thanks to EMS providers, firefighters and police officers

State of incident command: 9/11 gave us the system to succeed, wildland fires model how to succeed

Thursday, October 28, 2021, 10:05 AM

ICs never have the fortune of hindsight and are always wishing they knew more. If they get it right, the team is responsible; if they get it wrong, the IC is responsible

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