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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. 

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Wildfire Intel - CA - Initial Attack

CA-VNC-Sandstone

Thursday, November 24, 2022, 06:07 PM

CA-VNC-Lynn

Thursday, November 17, 2022, 12:44 PM

CA-MVU/SDU-Willow

Wednesday, November 16, 2022, 11:18 PM

CA-MVU-Willow 9

Wednesday, November 16, 2022, 11:14 PM

CA-SHF-Fox

Saturday, October 29, 2022, 04:50 PM

CA-LPF-Howard

Saturday, October 8, 2022, 07:17 PM

Wilfire Intel - CA - Continuing

CA-MMU-Fork CONTAINED

Wednesday, September 7, 2022, 06:30 PM

CA-TNF-Mosquito (Contained)

Wednesday, September 7, 2022, 12:33 AM

CA-BDF-Radford (Contained)

Tuesday, September 6, 2022, 11:22 AM

CA-RRU-Fairview

Monday, September 5, 2022, 07:25 PM

CA-KNF-Yeti (Formerly China 2)

Saturday, July 30, 2022, 02:07 AM

CA-KNF-McKinney

Friday, July 29, 2022, 11:00 PM

Latest News

DailyDispatch - California

Hazmat team concludes monitoring after plumes of smoke reported from Martinez refinery

Tuesday, January 31, 2023, 10:54 PM

Firefighters responded Tuesday afternoon to reports of a fire at a refinery in Martinez. Contra Costa Health service said there were several reports of a fire at Martinez Refining Company with light smoke coming from the area. The refinery said in a Facebook post that on-site firefighters responded around noon to smoldering material in out-of-service equipment.
- PUB DATE: 1/31/2023 7:54:56 PM - SOURCE: KTVU-TV FOX 2 Oakland

Why epic California rains might not prevent a dangerous fire season ahead

Wednesday, February 1, 2023, 03:00 AM

It’s something of a Golden State paradox: Dry winters can pave the way for dangerous fire seasons fueled by dead vegetation, but wet winters — like the one the state has seen so far — can also spell danger by spurring heaps of new growth that can later act as fuel for flames. Experts say it’s too soon to know with certainty what the upcoming fire season has in store.
- PUB DATE: 2/1/2023 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Los Angeles Times - Metered Site

City of El Cajon launches new program to help non-emergency 911 callers Marie Coronel

Tuesday, January 31, 2023, 07:36 PM

A new program in El Cajon is changing the way 911 calls are handled. Officials say it’s a better use of resources. Before on Tuesday, when you call 911, an ambulance and firefighters are automatically sent to you. But now, non-life-threatening calls will be triaged by a nurse. “So what happens if you call 911 for a bad cold, and you didn't know if it was pneumonia," said El Cajon Mayor Bill Well.
- PUB DATE: 1/31/2023 4:36:00 PM - SOURCE: KGTV ABC 10 San Diego

Target store in Menifee remains closed after arson fire

Wednesday, February 1, 2023, 03:00 AM

The Target store in the Menifee Countryside Marketplace remained closed on Tuesday, Jan. 31, nine days after what police say was an intentionally set fire. Menifee police and the Cal Fire/Riverside County Fire Department are investigating witness statements that suggest someone set the fire to divert attention from a theft, said police Lt.
- PUB DATE: 2/1/2023 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: The Press-Enterprise - Metered Site

Follow Up: Tesla fire on Highway 50 shows how difficult electric vehicle fires can be

Wednesday, February 1, 2023, 03:00 AM

Fire crews are calling for innovative solutions to extinguish lithium-ion battery fires after it took 6,000 gallons of water to put out Tesla in flames on a Sacramento County highway. Teslas and other electric vehicles (EVs) are powered by lithium-ion batteries, and firefighters have only two options when responding, let the flames burn out or drown the car in water, which could still take several hours.
- PUB DATE: 2/1/2023 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KTXL-TV FOX 40 Sacramento

Man jumps out of window to escape house fire in southwest Fresno

Wednesday, February 1, 2023, 03:00 AM

VIDEO: A fire has destroyed a home in southwest Fresno. The flames were first reported just before 2:30 Tuesday morning on Dorothy and Elm Avenue. Firefighters arrived to find flames coming from inside the home. Two men were inside sleeping at the time of the fire. Crews say both men were able to get out safely, although one of the men had to jump out of his bedroom window to escape the flames.
- PUB DATE: 2/1/2023 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KFSN-TV ABC 30 Fresno

FireRescue1 - Top Articles

N.C. county launches EMT-basic program to cut costs

Thursday, February 2, 2023, 12:54 PM

These Guilford County providers respond to lower-acuity calls, and fire departments are handling minor calls without ambulances

Former Fla. firefighter-EMT convicted of 3 counts of fraud against charity

Thursday, February 2, 2023, 12:32 PM

Prosecutors said Elizabeth Genna Suarez withdrew money from Piper's Angels bank accounts for personal uses such as cosmetic surgery and sunglasses

FDNY firefighter, 34, dies of cancer

Thursday, February 2, 2023, 11:58 AM

“He touched many lives in his short time with the department,” the Uniformed Firefighters Association of Greater New York wrote

Super Bowl showtime: How Glendale fire crews are preparing for the big game

Thursday, February 2, 2023, 10:47 AM

Captain Ashley Losch explains the endless coordination at play, identifies the biggest hurdles ahead, and even spills a little big game tea

N.Y. governor to invest $10M in volunteer fire departments

Thursday, February 2, 2023, 10:38 AM

Kathy Hochul's budget also includes a bill that would let municipalities and fire companies pay volunteers for responses to calls and completion of training

Consultant reports ‘major’ health, safety issues at Fla. FD where firefighter died

Wednesday, February 1, 2023, 06:31 PM

A draft of the document praised recent changes in the Apopka Fire Department hierarchy but also “identified deeper foundation deficiencies”

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