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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Thursday, November 2, 2023, 02:36 PM

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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Thursday, July 27, 2023, 06:03 PM

Latest News

DailyDispatch - California

Fremont Pioneers Joint Drone First Responder Program for Fire and Police Departments

Monday, February 26, 2024, 03:00 AM

In an innovative step towards enhancing public safety, Fremont, California, has become the first city in the United States to implement a Drone First Responder (DFR) program across both its Fire and Police Departments. Announced on Thursday, the joint DFR program was officially approved by the Fremont City Council on February 13, 2024.
- PUB DATE: 2/26/2024 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Drone Life

2 killed in fiery crash on 5 Freeway in Boyle Heights neighborhood of Los Angeles

Monday, February 26, 2024, 03:00 AM

VIDEO: Two people were killed in a fiery single-vehicle crash on the northbound 5 Freeway in Boyle Heights early Sunday morning. The deadly crash was reported around 2:45 a.m. near the Calzona Street off-ramp, according to the California Highway Patrol. Investigators said the driver of the SUV was exiting the 5 Freeway when he or she failed to make the turn and slammed into the concrete barriers.
- PUB DATE: 2/26/2024 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KABC-TV ABC 7 Los Angeles

No injuries reported after out building fire in Oakdale

Monday, February 26, 2024, 03:00 AM

VIDEO: Firefighters have launched an investigation after a fire sparked at an outbuilding in Oakdale Sunday evening. According to Modesto Fire Department, the blaze happened along the 7400 block of Langworth Road. Few details surrounding the fire have been released, but officials said crews are trying to get it contained.
- PUB DATE: 2/26/2024 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KXTV ABC 10 Sacramento

Fire at San Diego MMA gym prompts evacuations

Friday, February 23, 2024, 03:00 AM

A hotel was evacuated and roads were closed after an MMA gym in the Midway District went up in flames Thursday morning. San Diego Fire-Rescue responded to the Victory MMA fitness center at around 6:20 a.m. and saw heavy flames pouring out of the second story. A MMA class was in progress, but all gym members had evacuated themselves before crews arrived and firefighters got to work tackling the fire, San Diego police said.
- PUB DATE: 2/23/2024 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KNSD-TV NBC 7 San Diego

Nydia Navarro: First full-time female firefighter in Calipatria’s history

Friday, February 23, 2024, 03:00 AM

Just a month ahead of International Women’s Day (March 8, 2024), the City of Calipatria hit an interesting women’s milestone marker with the hiring of their new full-time employee. Nydia Navarro, a single mother in her 40s and part-time/on call firefighter for the City of Calipatria for the past three years and resident of Calipatria, became the the City's first full-time female firefighter on February 7, 2024.
- PUB DATE: 2/23/2024 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Imperial Valley Press

Firefighters across California compete to develop new technology to stop wildfires

Friday, February 23, 2024, 03:00 AM

VIDEO: Firefighters across California are participating in a four-year competition to invent new technologies to fight fires and put an end to destructive wildfires. The competition XPRIZE Wildfire incentivizes the private sector to help develop new ways to detect wildfires before they get too big and cause damage to ecosystems.
- PUB DATE: 2/23/2024 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KNBC-TV NBC 4 Los Angeles

FireRescue1 - Top Articles

Cab of fire engine falls on Ariz. paramedic during maintenance

Monday, February 26, 2024, 01:43 PM

Gila Bend Paramedic Cody Jordan was critically injured when the cab unexpectedly fell on him

Fitness motivation vs. discipline: Finding both as a first responder

Monday, February 26, 2024, 12:52 PM

By combining both motivation and discipline, you’ll be able to sustain your fitness habits in the long run

Social media management in public safety: Keeping up with the regulations

Monday, February 26, 2024, 11:48 AM

While it can be useful and effective, social media is not always simple

NYC marks 1993 World Trade Center bombing anniversary

Monday, February 26, 2024, 11:44 AM

A bomb in a van in the underground parking garage exploded killing six people, injuring over 1,000

Fireground ventilation: Tactical considerations from UL’s FSRI research

Monday, February 26, 2024, 11:16 AM

Summarizing keystone research across the four ventilation methods used on the fireground

‘At least we don’t get killed tonight’: Troubling words on roadway hazards

Monday, February 26, 2024, 11:13 AM

We must take action to win our roadway battles – and the larger war – with distracted drivers