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


Saturday, December 9, 2023, 01:21 PM


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Monday, November 20, 2023, 02:26 PM


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

Thursday, August 17, 2023, 04:11 PM


Thursday, July 27, 2023, 06:03 PM

Latest News

DailyDispatch - California

Celebrating a big year of prescribed fire; how Cal Fire's 2023 season has outpaced the last

Friday, December 8, 2023, 03:00 AM

VIDEO: This year has been a big one for Cal Fire as the agency has been able to work on more prescribed burns than wildfires in the past five years. For Cal Fire's Nevada-Yuba-Placer unit, 2023 has been a nice change of pace after back-to-back busy fire seasons the years prior. Assistant Chief Steven Robinson said his unit has been able to keep the number of wildfires to a smaller size and do more work preventing future blazes.
- PUB DATE: 12/8/2023 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KOVR-TV CBS 13 Sacramento

Kern County Fire Department: One person rescued after vehicle falls 50 feet in Kern Canyon

Friday, December 8, 2023, 03:00 AM

PHOTO: One person was rescued after a vehicle went over the side in the Kern Canyon, falling about 50 feet down Wednesday morning. The Kern County Fire Department said on Wednesday, December 6, at around 5 a.m., firefighters were called to the Kern Canyon for a vehicle over the side, about 50 feet below the roadway.
- PUB DATE: 12/8/2023 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KBAK-TV CBS 29 Bakersfield

Fire rips through mostly vacant south Sacramento strip mall

Friday, December 8, 2023, 03:00 AM

VIDEO: Firefighters went on the defensive quickly as a fire ripped through a mostly vacant strip mall in south Sacramento early Friday morning. Sacramento Fire crews responded to the scene along the 3800 block of Florin Road, near Franklin Boulevard, just before 4:30 a.m. and found heavy flames coming from the side of a strip mall.
- PUB DATE: 12/8/2023 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KOVR-TV CBS 13 Sacramento

Lompoc: Hancock College holds graduation ceremonies for students in its public safety programs

Friday, December 8, 2023, 12:57 AM

VIDEO: Allan Hancock College is celebrating the graduation of dozens of students from its public safety programs, including law enforcement, fire, emergency medical services and nursing. On Thursday morning, 27 cadets in the program's Battalion 152 earned certificates from the college's Fire Academy during a graduation ceremony held in Lompoc.
- PUB DATE: 12/7/2023 9:57:03 PM - SOURCE: KEYT-TV ABC 3 Santa Barbara

Dramatic videos show minivan fatally slamming into Metro bus after LAPD chase in downtown

Thursday, December 7, 2023, 03:00 AM

VIDEO: Police released shocking new surveillance video of a deadly crash in downtown Los Angeles in which a minivan that was trying to get away from police plowed into a Metro bus. The incident happened the morning of Nov. 5 near Main and E. 17th streets, just off the 10 Freeway, according to officials.
- PUB DATE: 12/7/2023 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KABC-TV ABC 7 Los Angeles

Follow Up: Fresno Fire Department launches EV committee

Thursday, December 7, 2023, 12:49 AM

VIDEO: Cellphones, laptops, electric scooters, and electric vehicles to name a few, all include lithium-ion batteries. "During the holiday time right now, and everyone giving new gifts to each other, this is one opportunity where folks may be new to some of this technology," said Joshua Stellars with the Fresno Fire Department.
- PUB DATE: 12/6/2023 9:49:00 PM - SOURCE: KFSN-TV ABC 30 Fresno

FireRescue1 - Top Articles

Source capture: The gold standard for keeping toxins out of fire stations

Monday, December 11, 2023, 12:13 PM

The MagneGrip PRO nozzle reduces diesel exhaust and diesel particulate matter, helping keep your members healthy at the station

7 tips for passing the firefighter oral board

Monday, December 11, 2023, 10:46 AM

Success in the firefighter interview is about far more than answering the questions

Biden heads to Philadelphia for firefighters, fundraising

Monday, December 11, 2023, 10:41 AM

The White House said Philadelphia would receive $22.4 million to pay for 72 firefighters' salaries and benefits for three years

Video: Historic abandoned Ind. school destroyed by fire

Monday, December 11, 2023, 10:23 AM

Twenty-mile-per-hour winds caused flames to spread quickly, leading to “(severe) damage” and the collapse of most of the roof, the Gary Fire Department said

6 dead, nearly 2 dozen injured after severe storms tear through Tenn.

Monday, December 11, 2023, 10:00 AM

Four adults and two children were killed in severe storms that hit in Montgomery County and north of Nashville

Photos: Idaho firefighters deal with steep, snowy terrain in crash rescue

Sunday, December 10, 2023, 08:00 AM

Firefighters were lowered about 100 yards down the embankment, where they removed the man from the wrecked vehicle