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Wildfire Intel - CA - Initial Attack


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Wilfire Intel - CA - Continuing


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CA-CND-French (SQF)

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DailyDispatch - California

Firefighter's Best Friend: Therapy Dogs Serve as Welcome Distraction for Wildfire Crews

Thursday, September 16, 2021, 09:22 PM

Firefighter Kevin Brown had been on the front lines for 11 straight days, facing flames from a wildfire scorching Southern California. His body was exhausted. His spirit was waning. Rejuvenation was desired, but it would have to wait. Brown and his fellow firefighters were called to battle another wildfire that had broken out in the Bay Area.
- PUB DATE: 9/16/2021 6:22:39 PM - SOURCE: KNSD-TV NBC San Diego

General Sherman, the worlds largest tree, wrapped in aluminum as wildfire burns in Sequoia National Park

Friday, September 17, 2021, 12:58 PM

Firefighters wrapped the base of the world’s largest tree in a fire-resistant blanket as they tried to save a famous grove of gigantic old-growth sequoias from wildfires burning Thursday in California’s rugged Sierra Nevada. The colossal General Sherman Tree in Sequoia National Park’s Giant Forest, some other sequoias, the Giant Forest Museum and other buildings were wrapped as protection against the possibility of intense flames, fire spokeswoman Rebecca Paterson said.
- PUB DATE: 9/17/2021 9:58:06 AM - SOURCE: KTLA-TV WB 5 Los Angeles

Los Angeles city firefighters suing over COVID vaccine mandate

Thursday, September 16, 2021, 07:02 PM

Hundreds of Los Angeles Fire Department firefighters are joining the legal battle against the city’s COVID-19 vaccine requirement. Last month, the Los Angeles City Council approved a vaccine mandate for city employees. Los Angeles Police Department officers filed a lawsuit Saturday, and now firefighters are planning a legal fight of their own.
- PUB DATE: 9/16/2021 4:02:24 PM - SOURCE: KTLA-TV WB 5 Los Angeles

Firefighters stop forward progress of Oroville fire

Thursday, September 16, 2021, 05:31 PM

An Oroville man was arrested for starting a fire that broke out in Oroville on Thursday, according to Oroville Police Department. The report of the fire came in around noon and was threatening multiple homes. CAL FIRE said the fire burned in an area between homes but the fire did not cause any damage to the structures.
- PUB DATE: 9/16/2021 2:31:53 PM - SOURCE: KHSL-TV CBS 12 Chico

Major fires continue to grow slowly as rain approaches the Northstate

Friday, September 17, 2021, 03:00 AM

Major fires burning across the Northstate continue to grow slowly ahead of rain forecasted over the weekend. The Dixie Fire grew by only 111 acres overnight and containment remains at 86%. The second-largest fire in state history has burned a total of 960,581 acres. The Monument Fire burned an additional 1,176 acres overnight.
- PUB DATE: 9/17/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KRCR-TV ABC 7 Redding

San Diego County's First 'Heli-Hydrant' Provides Lifesaving Fill-Up Station for Firefighting Helicopters

Thursday, September 16, 2021, 07:50 AM

It looks like an above-ground pool with an amazing view of Fallbrook. Then a helicopter thunders overhead, hovers only a few feet above the pool and dips a large tube into the water. The large round metal tub is actually San Diego County’s first rapid aerial water supply. The folks who built it call it a helicopter hydrant; heli-hydrant for short.
- PUB DATE: 9/16/2021 4:50:29 AM - SOURCE: KNSD-TV NBC 7 San Diego

FireRescue1 - Top Articles

Is drying time keeping you from cleaning your turnout gear as often as you should?

Friday, September 17, 2021, 04:37 PM

Ram Air Gear Dryers cut drying time so you can keep your gear clean and be ready for the next call

'General Sherman,' world's largest tree, wrapped in foil to protect from wildfire

Friday, September 17, 2021, 03:54 PM

The towering sequoias in California's Giant Forest avoid flames another day

Securing funding for safety products, solutions and training

Friday, September 17, 2021, 03:25 PM

Detailing grant programs that focus on an agency’s specific needs as it navigates through an ongoing pandemic and budget shortfalls

‘We lost a guardian': COVID-19 kills Oklahoma fire chief

Friday, September 17, 2021, 03:21 PM

Locust Grove Fire Chief Ray Vaughn served with the department for over 38 years

COVID-19: Honoring fallen firefighters

Friday, September 17, 2021, 01:28 PM

Remembering our brother and sister firefighters who died from coronavirus

Former Va. medic gets 3 years in prison for fentanyl theft from FD

Friday, September 17, 2021, 10:45 AM

Jeffrey Leedy was found guilty of replacing doses of fentanyl with a saline solution while working for Roanoke County Fire and Rescue
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