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Friday, April 21, 2017

CA-CZU Ice Cream Grade – Empire Grade Fuel Reduction

CAL FIRE NEWS RELEASE California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection
San Mateo-Santa Cruz Unit

Ice Cream Grade – Empire Grade Fuel Reduction

FELTON – The Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE) San Mateo – Santa Cruz Unit, in cooperation with the City of Santa Cruz Water Department and several private property owners is nearing completion of the first phase of hazardous fuel reduction along Ice Cream Grade and Empire Grade Roads in the Bonny Doon area of northern Santa Cruz County.

Thick 
accumulations of brush and small diameter trees weakened after 5 years of extreme drought, were removed to lessen fire intensity and rate of spread in the event of a wildfire. This work was conducted on a mix of City Watershed lands and privately owned parcels and will improve emergency ingress/egress, help to protect homes in the area and improve our ability to defend the Laguna Creek watershed from a high intensity wildfire.

The Laguna Creek watershed is an 
important source of water for the City of Santa Cruz.
The project is being implemented under CAL FIRE’s Vegetation Management Program and was funded, in part, by the State Responsibility Area Fire Prevention Fee. Additional work is planned to occur along each of the roadways as funding and crew availability allows.

The project is located near the 2008 Martin Fire which serves as a reminder of the damaging wildfires our area is prone to each fire season. CAL FIRE urges residents to take precautions now to make their homes more defendable by removing excessive underbrush and thinning trees before the onset of fire season.

The work completed along Ice Cream Grade and Empire Grade Roads is similar to what residents should strive for on their own property, especially near homes and along access routes such as driveways. 

For more information about how you can protect your home and property from wildfire,
visit http://www.readyforwildfire.org/ and download the new Ready For Wildfire App.

More Information Contact: Andrew Hubbs 831-335-6794
RELEASE DATE: April 21, 2017 


Thursday, April 20, 2017

Cal Fire is on the scene of a grass fire burning 1,500 to 2,000 acres at Highway 33 and Lost Hills Road in Coalinga that is threatening about 40 structures, Fresno County fire spokesman Jeremiah Wittwer said.

The first report came in around 3:42 p.m. stating 4 to 5 acres were on fire, said Capt. Tim Gehret. The Jayne fire has since grown due to 15 to 20 mph winds, he said.

Several fire teams have been called to the area, including three air tankers.

Read more here: http://www.fresnobee.com/news/local/article145878334.html#storylink=cpy

Friday, April 7, 2017

CAL FIRE NEWS RELEASE: San Mateo-Santa Cruz Unit Soquel Demonstration State Forest Remains Closed

CAL FIRE NEWS RELEASE
California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection
San Mateo-Santa Cruz UnitSoquel Demonstration State Forest Remains Closed
Soquel – The California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE), Soquel Demonstration State Forest (SDSF) was officially closed to all public use, including hiking and cycling on January 11, 2017 to protect the public safety.  With the latest storm, the rainfall for the season measured at SDSF is 88.5 inches, the highest in recorded history. 
SDSF infrastructure has suffered major damage due to multiple landslides and road failures.  This damage makes effective emergency response impossible. When SDSF is open for public use, the emergency response for major rescues averages about one per month with an additional one or two responses for less major rescues. With the current lack of access, it would be impossible to perform any rescue at SDSF and therefore must remain closed until access is restored.  Entering SDSF during the closure is a misdemeanor under the authority of Title 14, Section 1439, California Code of Regulations.  Law enforcement officers will continue to patrol the forest and will issue citations to violators.
SDSF staff is putting in place the required permits, contracts and funding to begin work as soon as the there is a dry period which could be as soon as next week.  The repairs are expected to take 4 to 5 weeks.  The forest will be reopened after repairs are completed.  A notice announcing the reopening will be sent out as well as posted on the CAL FIRE Soquel Demonstration State Forest Facebook page, web page and CZU Twitter account.
During the week of Sea Otter Classic in neighboring Monterey County, SDSF has always seen a large influx of users coming to visit with people from all over the world who are in the area.  Please help us spread the word at the Sea Otter, bike shops, social media and word of mouth that SDSF is still closed and will likely be reopened in late-May or early-June. For information updates follow us on:

·         CAL FIRE Soquel Demonstration State Forest Facebook page @CALFIRESoquel
·         CAL FIRE CZU on Twitter @CALFIRECZU

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CONTACT: Angela Bernheisel (831) 475-8643 
RELEASE DATE: April 7, 2017


Saturday, February 18, 2017

SHORT VIRAL VIDEO OF THE MONTH IF NOT YEAR: FIRE ENGINE DISAPPEARS INTO A VOID

INCREDIBLE VIDEO: part of SB I-15 is washed away; fire engine tumbles off the side; fortunately no one hurt

SB I-15 is washed away; fire engine tumbles off the side
San Bernardino County Fire engine, Devore station, ME2, only very minor injuries. Photo credit: Caltrans
Repairs will get underway Saturday night on I-15 in the Cajon Pass after a 200-foot portion of the southbound freeway collapsed Friday. During the repair process, southbound traffic will be reduced to one lane from SR-138 to Cleghorn Rd.



Credit to David Busse for getting the shot

UPDATE 0930 hrswitter citizen reporting a dam access road has collapsed.




Sunday, February 12, 2017

Oroville Dam Update: Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. issued an emergency order tonight

Governor Brown Issues Emergency Order to Help Response to Situation at Oroville Dam

Governor Brown Issues Emergency Order Situation at Oroville Dam

SACRAMENTO – Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. issued an emergency order tonight to bolster the state’s response to the situation at the Oroville Dam’s auxiliary spillway and support subsequent local evacuations.

“I’ve been in close contact with emergency personnel managing the situation in Oroville throughout the weekend and it’s clear the circumstances are complex and rapidly changing,” I want to thank local and state law enforcement for leading evacuation efforts and doing their part to keep residents safe. The state is directing all necessary personnel and resources to deal with this very serious situation.” - 
said Governor Brown.

The Governor’s Office of Emergency Services has activated the State Operations Center in Mather, California to its highest level and is coordinating with personnel at the Incident Command Post in Oroville, California and with other local, state and federal emergency response officials to address all emergency management, evacuation and mutual aid needs.

The Governor’s Office of Emergency Services will host a media availability from the State Operations Center at approximately 11:00 p.m. tonight with officials from the California Highway Patrol, California National Guard, California Department of Water Resources and California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE). Follow live at: http://www.caloes.ca.gov/live.

UPDATED EMERGENCY ALERT #OROVILLESPILLWAY at #OROVILLEDAM, Imminent danger of collapse / Evacuations are in progress.

EMERGENCY ALERT #OROVILLESPILLWAY at the #OROVILLEDAM, Butte County, CA is in imminent danger of collapse and evacuations are in progress.

Immediate evacuation from the low levels of Oroville and areas downstream is ordered. This is NOT A Drill. This is NOT A Drill. This in NOT A Drill,” - Butte County Sheriff

Tens of thousands of people have been fleeing California towns downstream from the Oroville Dam after fears of an imminent collapse of its spillway prompted an evacuation order. Authorities are seeking to stem the breach with the help of helicopters.

Earlier today, the California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services activated the State Operations Center in Sacramento in support of the Oroville Dam auxiliary spillway incident. The California Department of Water Resources (DWR) and the incident command team managing Lake Oroville, counties and cities near Lake Oroville and the surrounding area issued evacuation orders for residents late Sunday afternoon.

Oroville Dam Evacuation Order

UPDATES:

02/14/17 13:00: EVACUATIONS DOWNGRADED FROM MANDATORY TO ADVISORY Water is flowing at 100,000 cfps and will continue for foreseeable future or until pressure is sufficiently reduced on the auxillary spillway.

02/13/17 13:00: Water is being released at approximately 100,000 cfs. As you can see, lake level is now around 6 feet below the top of the Emergency spillway.The evacuation of residents in Oroville and surrounding communities in the shadow of the nation’s tallest dam was issued around 4:30 p.m., with California Department of Water Resources officials saying floodwaters could arrive within the hour. By 8 p.m., the crisis had eased, as the water level of Lake Oroville, the state’s second-largest reservoir, had fallen to the point — roughly 900 feet — that no water was passing over the imperiled auxiliary spillway.

02/13/17 2:00: Video: https://www.facebook.com/CaliforniaOES/videos/1242151239174199/

02/12/17 22:00: Flows over the auxiliary spillway have ceased. 100,000 cfs continue down the main spillway.

02/12/17 20:00: OROVILLE DAM IS BREACHED
ANYONE DOWNSTREAM EVACUATE NOW!

Prepare your bug-out bag, children, and pets now if waiting for further instructions downstream.

Shelters in Paradise consolidated. Elks Lodge and Veterans Memorial Hall now CLOSED. Paradise Alliance Church, 6491 Clark Rd. is OPEN.
Tim Taylor has called closure of all schools tomorrow except Chico Unified and Paradise Unified.

02/12/17 16:20:    This is an Evacuation Order.

Immediate evacuation from the low levels of Oroville and areas downstream is ordered.

A hazardous situation is developing with the Oroville Dam auxiliary spillway. Operation of the auxiliary spillway has lead to severe erosion that could lead to a failure of the structure. Failure of the auxiliary spillway structure will result in an uncontrolled release of flood waters from Lake Oroville.
In response to this developing situation, DWR is increasing water releases to 100,000 cubic feet per second.
Immediate evacuation from the low levels of Oroville and areas downstream is ordered.
This in NOT A Drill. This in NOT A Drill. This in NOT A Drill.

  EMERGENCY ALERT #OROVILLESPILLWAY at the #OROVILLEDAM, Butte County, CA is in imminent danger of collapse and evacuations are in progress.

EMERGENCY ALERT at the , Butte County, CA
Butte County Scanner link: 
http://www.broadcastify.com/listen/feed/1929/web

Video:



evacuation orders issued in Butte, Yuba, Sutter counties; no significant impact expected in Yolo, Sacramento, Placer.
Butte County Oroville Dam Flood Plan
Butte County Oroville Dam Flood Plain
Residents evacuating Oroville can bring small animals to the shelter at the Silver

Nevada County Fairgrounds is open as an evacuation shelter. Accepting animals and RVs.
The Public Information Line for the Oroville Spillway is currently down while call takers evacuate. Line will be back up shortly.

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

CALFIRE Firefighter passes from cancer


Firefighter-2 Sara Thomas. Firefighter Thomas served the citizens of California for 15 proud years. Recently at Station 80, Battalion 7. Indio/RVC/CALFIRE.
 She passed from stage 4 cancer at her home with her twin 7 year old daughters.


Wednesday, January 25, 2017

World News: MULTIPLE LODDs - Firefighters die battling largest wildfires in Chile in decades


Three firefighters were killed and others injured

 Three firefighters were killed and another three were injured as emergency services continued to tackle numerous wildland wildfires that have been devastating central and southern Chile.

Around 130,000 hectares of forest and grassland have been burnt to the ground in some 46 wildfires raging between the regions of O'Higgins and Los Lagos.
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COURTESY: RT's RUPTLY video agency http://ruptly.tv

Monday, January 23, 2017

Tracy Fire Department Chief Randall Bradley regrettably announce the loss of Fire Captain Daniel Havicus

The Tracy Fire Department and Fire Chief Randall Bradley regrettably announce the loss of Fire Captain Daniel Havicus, a 17 year veteran with the department. Captain Havicus died after a brief and unexpected illness on January 18, 2017.


There will be a memorial service on Thursday January 26, 2017 beginning at 1 pm located at the Gallo Center for the Arts (1000 I St. Modesto, CA 95354). 

Immediately following the service a reception will be held at the Modesto Doubletree Hotel (1150 9TH St, Modesto, CA 95353)

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Havicus Memorial Fund where proceeds will assist the family of Captain Havicus. 

Those interested in making a donation may visit the Tracy Firefighters Charity web page at http://tracyfirefighterscharity.org

Tracy Fire Department News Release:
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: 1/22/2017 10:00

The Tracy Fire Department and Fire Chief Randall Bradley regrettably announce the loss of Fire Captain Daniel Havicus, a 17 year veteran with the department. Captain Havicus died after a brief and unexpected illness on January 18, 2017. 

A native of Roseburg, Oregon, Captain Havicus moved to Tracy and graduated from Tracy High school in 1993. He then began pursuing his dream of becoming a firefighter attending San Joaquin Delta College earning a degree and graduating from the fire academy. Captain Havicus served the community of Tracy for 17 years. 


He was hired as a reserve firefighter in 1997 and then as a full time firefighter in 1999. He then promoted up the ranks to the position of Fire Captain. He also served regionally as a leader of firefighting resources assigned to significant fire incidents throughout the State of California. 


Captain Havicus was an active member of the Tracy Firefighters Association, Local #3355, holding several positions including union president. Most recently he protected the citizens from Fire Station 97 in the south part of the City of Tracy. Captain Havicus is survived by his wife, Courtney and his four children; Karlie, Jonathan “JJ”, Sage and Paisley. 


He also leaves behind his fire family where he was well respected and admired. 


There will be a memorial service on Thursday January 26, 2017 beginning at 1 pm located at the Gallo Center for the Arts (1000 I St. Modesto, CA 95354).


 Immediately following the service a reception will be held at the Modesto Doubletree Hotel (1150 9TH St, Modesto, CA 95353) Public service agencies are encouraged to attend (Class A attire). Please arrive at 12 noon to begin the staging process for the 1pm service. The community is also invited to attend. 


In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Havicus Memorial Fund where proceeds will assist the family of Captain Havicus. 


Those interested in making a donation may visit the Tracy Firefighters Charity web page at www.tracyfirefighterscharity.org 


We respectfully ask that the family not be disturbed. For agencies that plan on attending the service and all questions, please contact Engineer Steve Major at 415-418-0973. 

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Saturday, December 24, 2016

Santa Spotted Over The Angeles National Forest California

Santa Spotted Over The Angeles National Forest
MERRY CHRISTMAS AND HAPPY HOLIDAYS FROM CALIFORNIA FIRE NEWS
Credit: FWFSA

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