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Sunday, November 30, 2008

Shuttle landing - Sonic booms today near Los Angeles

STS-126 to Press Ahead With a Landing in California - at Edwards Air Force Base in California at 1:25 p.m. PST today
Sunday, November 30, 2008 9:10 AM
Flight controllers have elected to press ahead with space shuttle Endeavour's landing at Edwards Air Force Base in California at 1:25 p.m. today. The de-orbit burn is scheduled for 12:19 p.m. The weather forecast in Florida for today and tomorrow is unfavorable for a shuttle landing at Kennedy Space Center.
Watch the landing at Nasa HDTV Watch the live stream video with audio - Playing now Link
Update: 1:25 - Shuttle landed safely in California
Update:
11:59 am - Mission control Just announced a go for de-orbit burn in twenty minutes.
Landing at 1:25 pm

Instruction:
Residents of the Greater Los Angeles area should anticipate twin `sonic booms` to be heard widely across the region between 1:20-1:25 PM today due to Space shuttle Endeavour landing at Edwards Air Force Base.

Area: Los Angeles
Affected Counties or parts of: Los Angeles County
Sent: 2008-11-30T11:19:10-08:00

Earthquakes: Ridgecrest area - 63 earthquakes

I have no idea of relevance or past history but this area seems very busy to this layman, at the time of this posting and as I start to write this post the count went from 61 earthquakes to 63 earthquakes this week including the 4.1 event yesterday.
Scientists have shown that the rules governing aftershock behavior also apply to “aftershocks” that are larger than their main shock - i.e., the possibility that the first event was a foreshock of a future larger event.
Aftershock?, Foreshock?, Earthquake cluster? only time will tell...

Map showing earthquakes
Earthquake map Ridgecrest 4.1 M event
Earthquake map located at: Link Map
What Are Aftershocks, Foreshocks and Earthquake Clusters? find out at : USGS Link

The minimum magnitude ( M) values in the following bullets reflect the smallest earthquake which the network can routinely record within the region. During the previous seven-day period ending at midnight (UT) Wednesday, our seismic networks recorded

  • 21 M >2.0 earthquakes in Northern and Central California (map) (within dashed polygon of figure).
The largest event to occur this week in this region was a minor earthquake of magnitude 3.5, 6 miles SSE of Parkfield, CA at 02:44 PM UTC Sunday, 11 23, 2008 (06:44 AM PST Sunday, Nov 23, 2008).
  • 24 M >1.2 earthquakes in the San Francisco Bay area (map).
The largest event to occur this week in this region was a minor earthquake of magnitude 3.1, 6 miles NE of American Canyon, CA at 01:04 AM UTC Monday, 11 24, 2008 (05:04 PM PST Sunday, Nov 23, 2008).
  • 8 M >1.2 earthquakes in the Long Valley region (map).
The largest event to occur this week in this region was a microearthquake of magnitude 1.6, 12 miles SW of Toms Place, CA at 03:17 AM UTC Saturday, 11 22, 2008 (07:17 PM PST Friday, Nov 21, 2008).

Saturday, November 29, 2008

Earthquake: Ridgecrest - Kern County - 4.1 M

4.1 Earthquake Strikes Ridgecrest Area
A light Earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of4.1 has struck the Kern County area but there are no reports of damage or injuries.

A preliminary report by the U.S. Geological Survey says the quake hit shortly before 1:15 p.m. Saturday and was centered 30 miles northeast of Ridgecrest.

The quake followed a 3.2-magnitude temblor which hit the same area at about 3 a.m.

Earthquake Details

Magnitude4.1
Date-Time
  • Saturday, November 29, 2008 at 21:14:09 UTC
  • Saturday, November 29, 2008 at 01:14:09 PM at epicenter
Location35.970°N, 117.327°W
Depth3.2 km (2.0 miles)
RegionCENTRAL CALIFORNIA
Distances
  • 23 km (14 miles) N (10°) from Trona, CA
  • 23 km (14 miles) NNE (12°) from Searles Valley, CA
  • 31 km (19 miles) SW (224°) from Telescope Peak, CA
  • 50 km (31 miles) NE (39°) from Ridgecrest, CA
  • 191 km (119 miles) W (263°) from Las Vegas, NV
Location Uncertaintyhorizontal +/- 0.3 km (0.2 miles); depth +/- 0.7 km (0.4 miles)
ParametersNph=042, Dmin=10 km, Rmss=0.26 sec, Gp= 50°,
M-type=local magnitude (ML), Version=S
Source
Event IDci14406196

Friday, November 28, 2008

Earthquake 5.8 M - Northern California Coast

No reports of damage, No reports that anyone felt it.
Magnitude5.8
Date-Time
Location40.336°N, 126.981°W
Depth10 km (6.2 miles) set by location program
RegionOFF THE COAST OF NORTHERN CALIFORNIA
Distances
  • 229 km (142 miles) W (271°) from Petrolia, CA
  • 232 km (144 miles) W (264°) from Ferndale, CA
  • 239 km (148 miles) W (260°) from Humboldt Hill, CA
  • 243 km (151 miles) W (259°) from Eureka, CA
  • 486 km (302 miles) NW (307°) from San Francisco City Hall, CA
Location Uncertaintyhorizontal +/- 5.6 km (3.5 miles); depth fixed by location program
ParametersNST= 88, Nph= 88, Dmin=281.9 km, Rmss=1.03 sec, Gp=122°,
M-type=regional moment magnitude (Mw), Version=8
Source
  • USGS NEIC (WDCS-D)
Event IDus2008zya2

Thursday, November 27, 2008

Happy Thanksgiving Day - From California Fire News

fire SUV RADIOS photoGot Radio?
Can you hear me now?
Credit: Unknown original fire SUV radios photo found at FFN Link

Happy Thanksgiving Day to all our readers
- From California Fire News

Tornado warning - San Diego Ca

Final Update: FLASH FLOOD WATCH REMAINS IN EFFECT THROUGH THIS AFTERNOON

Update: 05:20 hrs - Tornado Warning was allowed to expire at 05:15hrs, Radar did show strong rotating winds in the 50 to 55 mph range located off shore near San Diego Bay.
Link: http://radar.weather.gov/radar.php?rid=NKX&product=NCR&overlay=11101111&loop=yes


THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN SAN DIEGO HAS ISSUED A * TORNADO WARNING FOR... SOUTHWESTERN SAN DIEGO COUNTY IN SOUTHWEST CALIFORNIA... THIS INCLUDES THE CITIES OF...SAN DIEGO...CORONADO... * UNTIL 515 AM PST * AT 443 AM PST... NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE DOPPLER RADAR INDICATED A SEVERE THUNDERSTORM CAPABLE OF PRODUCING A WATERSPOUT JUST EAST OF POINT LOMA MOVING NORTHEAST AT 15 MPH. * THIS WATERSPOUT COULD MOVE ONSHORE AS A TORNADO AT... CORONADO BY 455 AM PST... SAN DIEGO BY 505 AM PST...

Instruction:
THE SAFEST PLACE TO BE DURING A TORNADO IS IN A BASEMENT. GET UNDER A WORKBENCH OR OTHER PIECE OF STURDY FURNITURE. IF NO BASEMENT IS AVAILABLE... SEEK SHELTER ON THE LOWEST FLOOR OF THE BUILDING IN AN INTERIOR HALLWAY OR ROOM SUCH AS A CLOSET. USE BLANKETS OR PILLOWS TO COVER YOUR BODY AND ALWAYS STAY AWAY FROM WINDOWS. IF IN MOBILE HOMES OR VEHICLES...EVACUATE THEM AND GET INSIDE A SUBSTANTIAL SHELTER. IF NO SHELTER IS AVAILABLE... LIE FLAT IN THE NEAREST DITCH OR OTHER LOW SPOT AND COVER YOUR HEAD WITH YOUR HANDS.

Area: NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE SAN DIEGO CA

Affected Counties or parts of: San Diego

Yolo County volunteer firefighter sentenced for Arson

A former Yolo County volunteer firefighter convicted of sparking a dozen wildfires in the rural Capay Valley, many of which he later helped battle, was sentenced Wednesday to 40 years in prison.

Last month, jurors found Robert Eric Eason, 39, guilty of starting a dozen grass fires in 2006.

They ranged from small blazes to a hillside inferno that killed 200 sheep and charred 1,000 acres of ranch land.

In a case that relied on the detective work of arson investigators, Supervising Deputy District Attorney Garrett Hamilton told jurors that Eason had started the fires with matches and mosquito coils, slow-burning spirals of a clay like insect repellent.

Once the mosquito coils burned, there would be little left but ash, which was washed away by fire hoses or trampled under foot, investigators said.

Eason became a suspect in the summer of 2006 after roadside cameras showed him making quick trips into a canyon where fires soon started.

A tracking device was attached to Eason's car and recorded his movements using the Global Positioning System.

Evidence showed Eason's blue Ford Tempo driving past sites where flames erupted minutes or hours later. In some cases, he made repeated U-turns near the sites.

Later, Eason would return to fight the flames with other members of the Capay Valley Fire Protection District.

A search of Eason's car and home in October 2006 revealed pieces of mosquito coil and other materials.

Authorities had long suspected a serial arsonist was at work in the narrow winding valley, where Eason started as a firefighter at 18.

His father was a professional firefighter in the Bay Area, and the younger Eason gained a reputation as a dedicated volunteer.

It came as a shock to valley residents when investigators with the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection arrested Eason in October 2006.

Hamilton told jurors that Eason had a dark side as a serial arsonist.

Yolo Superior Court Judge Stephen L. Mock, who denied a defense motion for a new trial, said he had no doubt Eason had started the blazes. He then imposed a prison term close to the maximum.
Source: SacBee.com Link

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Flood advisory: Southern California

RAINFALL RATES UP TO 0.50 INCHES IN 30 MINUTES WILL BE POSSIBLE CREATING URBAN FLOODING AND SIGNIFICANT PONDING OF WATER ON HIGHWAYS... STREETS AND UNDERPASSES AS WELL AS OTHER POOR DRAINAGE AREAS AND LOW LYING SPOTS. DO NOT DRIVE YOUR VEHICLE INTO AREAS WHERE THE WATER COVERS THE ROADWAY. THE WATER DEPTH MAY BE TOO GREAT TO ALLOW YOUR CAR TO CROSS SAFELY. MOVE TO HIGHER GROUND.

FLOOD ADVISORY - NWS OXNARD CA Actual/Future/Severe/Possible
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE OXNARD CA
Alert sent at 17:59 PST on 2008-11-26
FLOOD ADVISORY - NWS SAN DIEGO CA Actual/Future/Severe/Possible
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE SAN DIEGO CA
Alert sent at 17:56 PST on 2008-11-26
FLASH FLOOD WATCH REMAINS IN EFFECT FOR THE RECENT BURN AREAS OF SANTA BARBARA... VENTURA... AND LOS ANGELES COUNTIES THROUGH THIS EVENING Actual/Future/Severe/Possible
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE LOS ANGELES/OXNARD CA
Update sent at 15:47 PST on 2008-11-26

KCFD SAR: 2 fatalities - 2 vehicles off road roll-over


SAR: Kern County - 2 fatalities - Two outdoor utility vehicles involved in off road roll-over in the steep Jawbone Canyon area of Kern County.

RANDSBURG, CA -
Tuesday, November 25th 2008 at approximately 2:05 P.M., a call was received by the Kern County Fire Department for a rescue involving 4 - 4x4 outdoor utility vehicles. Approximately 13 Kern County Firefighters responded to the incident.

While on training exercises in the area Helicopter 408 was able to assess the scene before the arrival of ground units approximately 30 minutes later. After assessing the area, Helicopter 408 found that 2 of the 4 outdoor utility vehicles had lost control and rolled while attempting to make it down the extremely steep canyon. Helicopter 408 utilized its crew for additional personnel to assist with the rescue while the Helicopter continued to observe from the air due to the extremely steep terrain.

The persons were camping in the Dove Springs area when they went to the Jawbone Canyon Store. While enroute back to the campground 1 of the riders knew of a shortcut through the steep canyon. The 1st rider made it down to the bottom safely. The next 2 outdoor utility vehicles then attempted to traverse the canyon to the bottom when they lost control and rolled. The last outdoor utility vehicle saw what had occurred and stayed at the top. It was reported that no safety equipment was worn by the 2 outdoor utility vehicles and were ejected from the outdoor utility vehicles.

There were 2 casualties from this incident and no injuries to Firefighters.

Crews were on scene for approximately 4 hours.

Source: Kern County Fire website - Link
http://www.kerncountyfire.org

SBC NEWS RELEASE:Tea Fire Burn area evacuation Downgraded

Evacuation Orders Reduced in Tea Fire Burn Area

Wednesday, November 26, 2008
Reported by: Kelly Bush

JOINT NEWS RELEASE
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

SBC Tea Fire 08-29
November 26, 2008
12:00pm

County, City Downgrade Evacuation Order to Evacuation Warning
Sycamore Canyon, Eastside & Tea Fire Area Residents Urged to Remain Vigilant

Santa Barbara County and City emergency officials have downgraded the Evacuation Order to an Evacuation Warning allowing residents to return to homes. This warning will remain in effect until 10:00pm November 26 to coincide with the end of the Flash Flood Watch period issued by the National Weather Service.

Santa Barbara County originally initiated the County's Reverse 9-1-1 call system to alert residents in both the county unincorporated area and within the City of Santa Barbara. Emergency officials were particularly concerned with the situation because this is the first rain event after the Tea Fire occurred. Immediately after a fire, the soil geology can be very unstable and can become easily disturbed by rain.

An Evacuation Warning means residents should be prepared to leave should conditions change. The Evacuation Warning area includes:

  • In the County (unincorporated) area, the Evacuation Warning area is bounded by:
  • East and West Mountain Drive from Cold Springs Road to El Cielito
  • Gibraltar Road from El Cielito to East Camino Cielo, including the Mount Calvary Road burn area
  • Chelham Way along Westmont Creek and Chelham Creek

In the City of Santa Barbara, the Evacuation Warning area includes:

  • Sycamore Canyon North from APS/Montecito Street to Stanwood
  • Stanwood Drive west to El Cielito
  • Conejo Road from Stanwood to Las Alturas
  • Conejo Lane, Camino Alto, Orizaba Lane, Orizaba Road, Sherman Road, Eland Place and Mountain Drive east of El Cielito

    An Evacuation Warning in the Eastside south of the 5 points roundabout has been lifted. A warning is no longer in effect for:
    The Area bordered by Salinas Street on the east to Highway 101.
    Highway 101 on the south to Quinientos Street.
  • On the west side:
    Quienientos Street north to Voluntario Street
    Voluntario Street west to Mason Street
    Mason Street north to Soledad Street
    Soledad Street west to Yanonali Street
    Yanonali Street north to Montecito Street
    Montecito Street north to Alameda Padre Serra/Salinas Street (Five Points)

  • In addition, the area south of the above, across Highway 101, is further described:
    Bordered by Highway 101 on the North.
    Por La Mar Drive on the west.
    Cabrillo Boulevard on the south and east to Los Patos Street.

Several roads previously closed as a result of the evacuation have also been reopened to allow residents to return to the area. These include:

  • Highway 192 between Orizaba and Conejo Road
  • Sycamore Canyon Road between Stanwood Drive and Five Points

Roads which will remain closed for an additional period include:

  • Mountain Drive between El Cielito and Cold Springs Road will reopen at 2:00 pm
  • Gibraltar Road remains closed at El Cielto
  • The Sycamore Canyon Gates will remain closed due to the dangerous landslide potential in the area.


The Call Center previously activated by the County will close at 3:00pm on November 26.

Residents should pay attention to local National Weather Service (NWS) information, which provides Flash Flood Watches and Warnings both on the NOAA Weather radio, and on the NWS website at www.weather.gov/losangeles.

In the event of a large emergency or disaster, the County will work with all bona fide news organizations to distribute emergency public information. The County's "Stations of Choice" for emergency news currently include the following AM stations-KTMS-990; KZSB-1290; KUHL-1410; KINF-1440, plus the San Marcos Pass Radio Station 1040-and the following FM stations-KCSB-91.9; KSYV-96.7; KTYD-99.9; KSBL-101.7 and KRAZ-105.9. In addition, the Spanish language FM stations, KSPE-94.5 and KIST-107.7 are also designated "Stations of Choice" in the cooperative agreement with the County.

For more information regarding the emergency preparedness, go online to www.CountyofSB.org, or the cities' websites at www.santabarbaraca.gov . For emergency preparedness tips go to www.Ready.gov.

Earthquake: Yorba Linda - M 3.1 - Shallow

Not a good time time to be shaking the earth around Yorba Linda as the residents return home this afternoon from Landslide, Debris Flow, Flood Watch evacuation.

Earthquake Details

Magnitude3.1
Date-Time
Location33.856°N, 117.703°W
Depth8.4 km (5.2 miles)
RegionGREATER LOS ANGELES AREA, CALIFORNIA
Distances
  • 9 km (5 miles) ESE (113°) from Yorba Linda, CA
  • 11 km (7 miles) ENE (66°) from Villa Park, CA
  • 13 km (8 miles) ENE (64°) from Orange, CA
  • 13 km (8 miles) S (172°) from Chino Hills, CA
  • 55 km (34 miles) ESE (114°) from Los Angeles Civic Center, CA
Location Uncertaintyhorizontal +/- 0.2 km (0.1 miles); depth +/- 1.5 km (0.9 miles)
ParametersNph=120, Dmin=9 km, Rmss=0.39 sec, Gp= 22°,
M-type=local magnitude (ML), Version=C
Source
Event IDci14405700
Additional Information, News Reports

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LACoFD: 32 years of dedicated service - Funeral

FUNERAL NOTICE FOR ANITA HOPPER, RETIRED SENIOR SECRETARY III, EAST REGIONAL OPERATIONS BUREAU, DIVISION II

Anita Hopper, retired Senior Secretary III, East Regional Operations Bureau, Division II, passed away unexpectedly on Monday, November 24, 2008, at the age of 58. Anita Hopper retired earlier this year after 32 years of dedicated service to the Los Angeles County Fire Department.

A funeral service will be held on Saturday, November 29, 2008, beginning at 2:30 p.m. at:

Forest Lawn Memorial Park
1500 E. San Antonio Drive
Long Beach
, CA 90807
(800) 204-3131

Your thoughts and prayers are greatly appreciated by the entire family.

If you have any questions, please contact the Chaplains’ Office at (323) 881-2427.

OT: Brianna Denison Rape and Murder Suspect arrested

Brianna Denison Suspect is James Michael Biela, RenoALL FURTHER UPDATES AT BOB'S NEWS BLOG
Editor; California Fire News covered this off topic story closely, and we are very pleased to see developments. Breaking News: Brianna Denison Suspect arrested

Final Update: The Reno Gazette Journal has a blog about the case that they are updating periodically. Check it out Here.

11:40 a.m. -- Washoe County Sheriff's detectives are digging in the backyard of a residence where Brianna Denison murder suspect James Biela lived. Source: RGJ.com - Link

11:15 p.m. -- Suspect has domestic violence history including stalking girlfriend, attacking neighbors, kicking dogs, drew knife previously on neighbor - James Michael Biela was arrested in 2002 for threatening his former girlfriend’s neighbor with a knife, and the girlfriend filed a protection order against him, but he was never served, according to court documents.

He was originally charged with felony assault with a deadly weapon for the July 12, 2002 attack, but the charged was dropped to “simple assault” -- a misdemeanor, and he pleaded guilty, according to court records.

He was sentenced to DUI school and ordered to have no contact with the victim for one year.

According to the TPO, Biela’s former girlfriend, Angie Carlomagno split up with him in June 2002, after seeing him for four months, and he continued to confront her.
On July 11, 2002, Carlomagno said he went to her house drunk, and ran over her and her neighbor’s mailboxes.

“He had a knife and came into my house without consent,” she said. “He kicked my dog and grabbed me. The police came and a report was made.”

The criminal complaint said that when Biela arrived at her house, she yelled at him to leave, and took a beer from his hand and dumped it out. While they argued, her neighbor, Sukhjit Singh, came to the side of the house and tried to pull Carlomagno in, the complaint said.

At that point, “Biela pulled a knife from a sheath on his belt on his right side and made a swinging motion toward Singh with his knife,” the complaint said. “Singh said he was going to call the police,” and Biela left.

During the month after the complaint and TPO was filed, Biela left long phone messages on Carlomagno’s phone, she said, and tried to reach her at work.

And then on Sept. 6, 2002, Biela walked up to her at the Silver Peak Brewing Company and said he wanted to talk, the TPO said. She declined, and he began to fight with her boyfriend, the TPO said. He yelled obscenities about her in front of the restaurant, she said, and he was “kicked out.”

She was granted the TPO, but attempts by police to serve Biela were unsuccessful.

Source: RGJ.com - Link-- Martha Bellisle
News conference update: 10:00 am - Suspects girlfriend, told a friend about suspicious underwear in his truck, the friend called Secret Witness Nov 1. Suspect was under surveillance and refused voluntary DNA sample prior to his arrest, DNA was then secretly obtained from his son, leading to a warrant for his arrest.
Suspect
is a Plumber/Pipefitter. Suspect left area in March for the Washington state area due to publicity of case, and truck, suspect descriptions released.

Update: Scumbag James Michael Biela is an-ex marine who lives with a woman and his small son in Spanish Springs. He works at a local plumber and is skilled in martial arts.

Police spokesman Steve Frady issued a one-sentence news release announcing a news conference at 10:30 a.m. today.

The press conference scheduled for later this morning at Reno police headquarters will reveal more information about the arrest.

Update: Suspect is James Michael Biela, Reno police arrested James Michael Biela on suspicion of murder, first-degree kidnapping, and sexual assault. He remained at the Washoe County Jail without bail.

Update:
Brianna Denison’s family said this morning that DNA links the 27-year-old Sparks man arrested Tuesday night for the rape, murder and kidnapping of Brianna.

Editor; California Fire News covered this off topic story closely, and we are very pleased to see developments. Breaking News: Brianna Denison Suspect arrested

Reno Police have arrested a suspect in the Kidnapping, rape and murder of Santa Barbara City College student Brianna Denison

RENO, Nev. - Reno police say they have arrested a suspect in the January kidnapping and killing of a 19-year-old college student who was abducted as she slept on a friend's couch.

Denison was abducted before dawn on Jan. 20 as she slept on the couch at a home near the University of Nevada, Reno.

Police say they will formally announce at a news conference the arrest of the suspect in the slaying of Brianna Denison. No further details were immediately released.

Her body was found Feb. 15 dumped in a field in south Reno.

At that time investigators said DNA evidence gathered from the scene linked Denison's killer to at least two other sexual attacks on women at or near the university from October to December 2007.

All posts with label: Brianna Denison (25) at bobonit.com - http://bobonit-news.blogspot.com/search/label/Brianna%20Denison
Tags: Hang em' high, Get a rope, Oak tree justice

Southern California Flood Alerts Canceled/Expired

Some Southern California Flood advisory, watches, and warnings have been canceled or have expired as of 07:00hrs..
The storm front has moved inland towards the Great Basin area. Weather and Snow alerts for Eastern Sierras and other mountain areas above 7000 ft remain.

RAIN HAS ENDED ACROSS MUCH OF THE AREA... BUT SHOWERS ARE EXPECTED TO REDEVELOP LATER THIS MORNING AND MAY PRODUCE ADDITIONAL RAINFALL

A LITTLE RAIN OR MOUNTAIN SNOW POSSIBLE TODAY FOR HOLIDAY TRAVEL THEN DRY FOR THE THANKSGIVING HOLIDAY WEEKEND Actual/Future/Unknown/Possible
SHASTA LAKE AREA / NORTHERN SHASTA COUNTY-BURNEY BASIN / EASTERN SHASTA COUNTY-NORTHERN SACRAMENTO VALLEY-CENTRAL SACRAMENTO VALLEY-SOUTHERN SACRAMENTO VALLEY-CARQUINEZ STRAIT AND DELTA-NORTHERN SAN JOAQUIN VALLEY-MOUNTAINS SOUTHWESTERN SHASTA COUNTY TO NORTHERN LAKE COUNTY-CLEAR LAKE/SOUTHERN LAKE COUNTY-NORTHEAST FOOTHILLS/SACRAMENTO VALLEY-MOTHERLODE-WESTERN PLUMAS COUNTY/LASSEN PARK-WEST SLOPE NORTHERN SIERRA NEVADA-
Alert sent at 05:36 PST on 2008-11-26
SNOW EXPECTED TO AFFECT HOLIDAY TRAVEL ACROSS MONO COUNTY THROUGH THIS EVENING Actual/Future/Severe/Possible
MONO-INCLUDING THE CITIES OF... BRIDGEPORT... COLEVILLE... LEE VINING... MAMMOTH LAKES
Alert sent at 04:16 PST on 2008-11-26
WINTER STORM WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 10 PM PST THIS EVENING ABOVE 7000 FEET Actual/Immediate/Severe/Observed
EASTERN SIERRA SLOPES-WHITE MOUNTAINS OF INYO COUNTY-INCLUDING THE CITIES OF... ASPENDELL... MT WHITNEY
Update sent at 03:34 PST on 2008-11-26

USGS Debris Flow Outlook - California

USGS Debris Flow Outlook Map
USGS Debris Flow Outlook Map
California Fire News 11-27-08 5 AM

Debris Flow potential: Red areas have very high potential, yellow areas have high potential.

Webcams of the California Water Science Center

Map legend Webcams have been installed at several real-time stream-gaging sites. The webcams provide valuable information to the National Weather Service, emergency managers, and area residents to evaluate real-time conditions in river environments during storms. The visual record of flooding and other river events also provides valuable research data for the USGS. Many of these webcam installations are part of the USGS Multi-Hazards Demonstration Project.
The index below is ordered by webcam location in a north-to-south direction.
USGS Real time River, Stream webcams:

Debris flow web cams: http://ca.water.usgs.gov/webcams/
Natural Hazards support system: http://nhss.cr.usgs.gov/nhss/viewer.htm

MANDATORY EVACUATIONS: Yorba Linda

MANDATORY EVACUATIONS ORDERED

Mandatory evacuations are in effect for the Brush Canyon area, the Box Canyon area, and the North Fairmont/San Antonio area.

During the manadatory evacuation, the Thomas Lasorda, Jr. Field House (4701 Casa Loma Avenue) will be available as a shelter location.

PLASTIC SHEETING IS AVAILABLE IN LIMITED QUANTITIES

The Disaster Relief Center has limited quantities of plastic sheeting for residents to help prevent soil erosion. Please respect the needs of your neighbors and do not take more than your share.

HOMEOWNER'S GUIDE TO EROSION CONTROL

FLOOD SAFETY AND SANDBAG USE

POST FIRE RAIN EVENTS

HOMEOWNER'S GUIDE FOR FLOOD, DEBRIS, AND EROSION CONTROL AFTER FIRES (large pdf file - please be patient)

Flash Flood Warning - Piute burn area

Flash flood watch for the Piute burn area has been upgraded to a Flash Flood Warning

KERN COUNTY MOUNTAINS- THE FLASH FLOOD WATCH FOR THE PIUTE BURN AREA OF CENTRAL KERN COUNTY HAS BEEN UPGRADED TO A FLASH FLOOD WARNING. THE FLASH FLOOD WATCH IS NO LONGER IN EFFECT. HEAVY RAIN IS OCCURRING OVER THE PIUTE BURN AREA AND FLOODING IS LIKELY OCCURRING.

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

SBC Tea Fire area evacuations - Flooding

JOINT NEWS RELEASE FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - SBC Tea Fire 08–27
November 25, 2008
TIME: 7:15 PM
News Media Contact:
William Boyer, Santa Barbara County Communications Director, (805) 896-1056
Eric Boldt, Meteorologist, National Weather Service, Los Angeles/Oxnard, (805) 988-6623
Nina Johnson, Public Information Officer, City of Santa Barbara, (805) 564-5307


Santa Barbara County and City emergency officials have issued an Evacuation Order for
residents within the Tea Fire Burn Area, including the Sycamore Creek area and other areas
immediately below the fire zone.

Sycamore Canyon, Eastside & Tea Fire Area Residents Urged to Take Precautions

Evacuation area map: http://www.countyofsb.org/uploadedImages/ceo/oes/EvacAreasWeb_112508_11x17_update_2045_hrs.jpg

Santa Barbara County has initiated the County’s Reverse 9-1-1 call system to alert residents in
both the county unincorporated area and within the City of Santa Barbara. Emergency officials
are particularly concerned with the situation because this is the first rain event after the Tea Fire
occurred. Immediately after a fire, the soil geology can be very unstable and can become easily
disturbed by the first rain.

An Evacuation Order means residents are advised to leave the area now. The order includes
homes within the burn area and Sycamore Canyon, north of the Five Points Roundabout.
In the County (unincorporated) area, the evacuation order is bounded by:
• East and West Mountain Drive from Cold Springs Road to El Cielito
• Gibraltar Road from El Cielito to East Camino Cielo, including the Mount Calvary Road burn
area
• Chelham Way along Westmont Creek and Chelham Creek
In the City area, the evacuation orders include:
• Sycamore Canyon North from APS/Montecito Street to Stanwood
• Stanwood Drive west to El Cielito
• Conejo Road from Stanwood to Las Alturas
• Conejo Lane, Camino Alto, Orizaba Lane, Orizaba Road, Sherman Road, Eland Place and
Mountain Drive east of El Cielito

The forecast of rain for this area means this area is subject to flooding or mud slides. A Red
Cross Shelter will be set up at Santa Barbara High School, 700 East Anapamu Street.
As of 6 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 25, the County has also activated its Call Center line at (805)
681-5197. The Call Center will remain active as needed based on call volume. Animal
Services Hotline is (805) 681-4332 for assistance with animal evacuations.
Depending upon the rain and weather conditions, the City, the County and CalTrans may close
several roads in the area, effective at 9 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 25, including:
*Mountain Drive between El Cielito and Cold Springs Road
* Highway 192 between Orizaba and Conejo Road
* Gibraltar Road
* Sycamore Canyon Road between Stanwood Drive and Five Points
* The Sycamore Canyon Gates will remain closed due to the dangerous landslide
potential in the area.

2-2-2/evacuation orders for tea fire burn area issued November 25, 2008
Residents should pay attention to local National Weather Service (NWS) information, which
provides Flash Flood Watches and Warnings both on the NOAA Weather radio, and on the
NWS website at www.weather.gov/losangeles.

In the event of a large emergency or disaster, the County will work with all bona fide news
organizations to distribute emergency public information. The County’s “Stations of Choice” for
emergency news currently include the following AM stations—KTMS-990; KZSB-1290; KUHL-
1410; KINF-1440, plus the San Marcos Pass Radio Station 1040—and the following FM
stations—KCSB-91.9; KSYV-96.7; KTYD-99.9; KSBL-101.7 and KRAZ-105.9. In addition, the
Spanish language FM stations, KSPE-94.5 and KIST-107.7 are also designated “Stations of
Choice” in the cooperative agreement with the County.

For more information regarding the emergency preparedness, go online to
www.CountyofSB.org, or the cities’ websites at www.santabarbaraca.gov . For emergency
preparedness tips go to www.Ready.gov.
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OCFA: Freeway Fire Blog - New

NEWS RELEASE
November 25, 2008
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


Subject: ORANGE COUNTY FIRE AUTHORITY CREATES BLOG FOR THE FREEWAY COMPLEX FIRE QUESTIONS AND CONCERNS

Irvine, CA – The Orange County Fire Authority (OCFA) has created a blog as a way to conduct
conversations with the people we serve about the fire that recently caused so much destruction and disruption of people’s lives. The blog is at www.ocfa.org at the bottom of the home page or it can be reached directly at: orangecountyfire.blogspot.com.
“On this blog, we will provide basic facts about the fire and will share any new information that
develops,” said Fire Chief Chip Prather. “More important, though, this is the place for you to ask the questions that are on your mind and have them answered. For example, if you do not understand some aspect of the way we fight fires in general or fought this fire in particular, this is the place to ask about it. If you have concerns about decisions made, tell us, and we’ll do our best to explain.”
OCFA also encourages constructive ideas on how we conduct our firefighting efforts, what
worked and what didn’t work, and how residents can work with us to reduce the chance of a recurrence of a fire like this.
“As firefighters, we are always saddened when people lose their homes,” said Chief Prather. “Only the loss of a life is more heart-breaking for us. And yet we also know that wildfires – like earthquakes – are part of life in Southern California. With the help of our residents, we will always do our best to prevent them. But eventually there comes a day when we must put them out. A significant portion of our budget, training and equipment is geared to that.”
The blog is a first-time effort for OCFA and the goal is to read every question or comment within
a day and to respond in no more than one more day. The initial blog begins by addressing some questions that already have been asked, and we will add to it as your questions come in.
# # #
Contact: Orange County Fire Authority
Captain Greg McKeown/PIO
1 Fire Authority Rd.
Irvine, CA 92602
(714) 573-6201
Battalion Chief Kris Concepcion, 714-573-6028 or krisconcepcion@ocfa.org
The Orange County Fire Authority is a joint powers authority that serves more than 1.3 million residents
in 22 cities and the unincorporated areas of the county

FLASH FLOOD WATCH: Burn areas of California - Extended


POSSIBLE FLASH FLOODING, DEBRIS FLOWS - California Fire areas

This watch also includes a portion of southwest California including the following Areas; Coachella valley, Orange county coastal areas, Riverside County mountains, San Bernardino county mountains, San Bernardino and Riverside county valleys-the Inland Empire, San Diego county coastal areas, San Diego county deserts, San Diego county mountains, San Diego county valleys and Santa Ana mountains and foothills.

Flash flood watch extended for the recent burn areas of California late Tuesday through Wednesday evening

A STRONG PACIFIC STORM WILL BRING LOCALLY HEAVY RAIN TO SOUTHWEST CALIFORNIA MOUNTAINS AND COASTAL AREAS.


THE GROUND IN THE CALIFORNIA BURN AREAS IS VERY DRY AND MOSTLY DEVOID OF VEGETATION...AND RUNOFF FROM THESE RAINS MAY CAUSE FLOODING AND DEBRIS FLOW NEAR AND DOWNSTREAM OF THE BURN AREAS.

FLASH FLOOD WATCH REMAINS IN EFFECT FOR THE RECENT BURN AREAS OF SANTA BARBARA... VENTURA... AND LOS ANGELES COUNTIES FROM 3 PM PST THIS AFTERNOON THROUGH WEDNESDAY EVENING Actual/Future/Severe/Possible
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE LOS ANGELES/OXNARD CA
Update sent at 10:39 PST on 2008-11-25
FLASH FLOOD WATCH REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM 6 PM PST THIS EVENING THROUGH WEDNESDAY EVENING Actual/Future/Severe/Possible
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE SAN DIEGO CA
Update sent at 09:54 PST on 2008-11-25
FLASH FLOOD WATCH IN EFFECT FROM 6 PM PST THIS EVENING THROUGH WEDNESDAY EVENING Actual/Future/Severe/Possible
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE SAN DIEGO CA
Cancel sent at 09:54 PST on 2008-11-25

Press release:Gov Directs State to Prepare

Governor State of California logo
Gov. Schwarzenegger Directs State to Prepare for Potential Flooding, Provide Assistance to Local Communities

Due to the potential for flooding, mud flows and debris in and around the Freeway, Sayre and Tea fire burn areas, Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger has directed his Office of Emergency Services (OES) to work with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and prepare to help local agencies if assistance from the state is needed as a result of the forecast this week by the National Weather Service (NWS).

"The recent fires have left many communities, particularly those near and below steep canyons, very vulnerable to flooding, mud flows and debris flows," Governor Schwarzenegger said. "The state stands ready to help local governments protect lives and property. It's also important that residents of those communities take steps to prepare now if they haven't already done so and evacuate immediately when asked to do so by local authorities."

In response to the weather forecast, OES has coordinated conference calls with representatives from FEMA, the NWS and emergency managers in the state's 11-county southern region to discuss weather, preparedness, response and recovery issues.

OES has also tasked the Department of Water Resources to provide flood fighting materials to Santa Barbara County and technical advisors to the City of Yorba Linda; tasked the California Conservation Corps to assist Yorba Linda with its flood fight preparedness efforts; and asked Caltrans to support the Orange County city by providing K-rails to keep mud flow away from homes and roads and cranes to move the K-rails.

Working with FEMA, OES has deployed joint state-federal Burn Area Recovery Teams to assess the potential for erosion, flooding, mud flows and debris flows in and around the burn areas of the recent fires and to make recommendations on possible mitigation measures.

As the state agency responsible for coordinating the state's response to major emergencies in support of local government, OES has the delegated authority to task state agencies to provide resources and services that are outside their normal statutory authority. OES is also responsible for coordinating the statewide mutual aid system for fire and rescue, law enforcement and emergency services. The system helps provide support to city and county agencies affected by an emergency when an incident threatens lives and property and is beyond their capabilities.

In preparation for possible flooding, debris flows and mud flows, state and federal officials recommend the public:

  • Review family emergency plans and update emergency contact lists.
  • Check and replenish emergency supply kits.
  • Store food, water and other emergency supplies in their cars.
  • Identify safe routes from their houses to safe ground.
  • Keep their cars fueled.
  • Waterproof their homes with plywood, plastic sheeting and other building materials.
  • Build sandbag barriers and dig trenches.
  • Move valuable items to the upper floors of their homes.
  • Monitor the weather and evacuate well before the threat of mudflows and flooding is imminent.
  • When evacuating, disconnect all electrical appliances and, if advised by their utility company, shut off electrical circuits at the fuse panel and gas service at the meter.
  • Have immunization records handy or at least be aware of your last tetanus shot.
  • Bathtubs and sinks can store fresh water if they first are sanitized with diluted bleach and rinsed to be odor free. Also fill empty plastic soda bottles with clean water.
  • Move outdoor possessions, such as lawn furniture, grills and trash cans inside or tie them down securely.
  • Plugs or backflow valves installed in drains, toilets, and other sewer connections can prevent floodwaters from entering.

Additional information is available via the OES and FEMA web sites at www.oes.ca.gov and www.fema.gov.
Note:11/25/2008 GAAS:804:08 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Montecito Fire - Structure Fire - four-unit condominium

Fire engulfed a four-unit condominium in Montecito last night.

Location: 1300 block of Plaza de Pacifica, Montecito
IA: 9:30p.m - Light Smoke drifting from the building, shortly after this report , rapid extension of fire throughout the building began.
Current sizeup: Montecito Fire Officials say the entire top level of the building has been lost, and there is extensive damage to the building's lower level.
Resources: More than 30 firefighters from Montecito Fire Protection District, Santa Barbara City Fire Department, Santa Barbara County Fire Department, and Carpinteria-Summerland Fire District.
Cause: Investigators say they fire originated in the upper story or attic area, but they are still searching for an exact cause.

FLASH FLOOD WATCH: Debris flows possible near Burn areas

FLASH FLOOD WATCH - EVACUATION SIGNFLASH FLOODING IS A VERY DANGEROUS SITUATION.

Updated: 1100 - A flash flood watch remains in effect for the recent burn areas of Santa Barbara... Ventura... and Los Angeles counties from 3 pm pst this afternoon through Wednesday evening

Updated: 0800 - The National Weather Service has issued a flash flood watch that remains in effect this afternoon 11/25/08 through Wednesday evening for the recent burn areas of Santa Barbara, Ventura, and Los Angeles counties.
This watch also includes a portion of southwest California including the following Areas; Coachella valley, Orange county coastal areas, Riverside County mountains, San Bernardino county mountains, San Bernardino and Riverside county valleys-the Inland Empire, San Diego county coastal areas, San Diego county deserts, San Diego county mountains, San Diego county valleys and Santa Ana mountains and foothills.

Flash flood watch for the recent burn areas of California late Tuesday through Wednesday evening

A STRONG PACIFIC STORM WILL BRING LOCALLY HEAVY RAIN TO THE KERN COUNTY MOUNTAINS.

THE GROUND IN THE CALIFORNIA BURN AREAS IS VERY DRY AND MOSTLY DEVOID OF VEGETATION...AND RUNOFF FROM THESE RAINS MAY CAUSE FLOODING AND DEBRIS FLOW NEAR AND DOWNSTREAM OF THE BURN AREAS.
FLASH FLOOD WATCH REMAINS IN EFFECT FOR THE RECENT BURN AREAS OF SANTA BARBARA... VENTURA... AND LOS ANGELES COUNTIES FROM 3 PM PST THIS AFTERNOON THROUGH WEDNESDAY EVENING Actual/Future/Severe/Possible
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE LOS ANGELES/OXNARD CA
Update sent at 10:39 PST on 2008-11-25
FLASH FLOOD WATCH REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM 6 PM PST THIS EVENING THROUGH WEDNESDAY EVENING Actual/Future/Severe/Possible
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE SAN DIEGO CA
Update sent at 09:54 PST on 2008-11-25
FLASH FLOOD WATCH IN EFFECT FROM 6 PM PST THIS EVENING THROUGH WEDNESDAY EVENING Actual/Future/Severe/Possible
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE SAN DIEGO CA
Cancel sent at 09:54 PST on 2008-11-25
FLASH FLOOD WATCH FOR THE RECENT BURN AREAS OF SANTA BARBARA... VENTURA... AND LOS ANGELES COUNTIES LATE TUESDAY THROUGH WEDNESDAY EVENING Actual/Future/Severe/Possible
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE LOS ANGELES/OXNARD CA
Update sent at 22:25 PST on 2008-11-24
WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT FOR THE SOUTHERN SIERRA NEVADA FROM YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK TO KINGS CANYON FROM 4 PM TUESDAY TO 10 PM PST WEDNESDAY Actual/Future/Severe/Possible
SIERRA NEVADA FROM YOSEMITE TO KINGS CANYON-
Update sent at 22:16 PST on 2008-11-24
WINTER STORM WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT FOR THE TULARE COUNTY MOUNTAINS FROM 4 PM TUESDAY TO 10 PM PST WEDNESDAY Actual/Immediate/Severe/Observed
TULARE COUNTY MOUNTAINS-
Update sent at 22:16 PST on 2008-11-24
FLASH FLOOD WATCH FOR THE RECENT BURN AREAS OF SANTA BARBARA... VENTURA... AND LOS ANGELES COUNTIES LATE TUESDAY THROUGH WEDNESDAY EVENING Actual/Future/Severe/Possible
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE LOS ANGELES/OXNARD CA
Update sent at 21:35 PST on 2008-11-24
DEBRIS FLOWS POSSIBLE NEAR THE PIUTE BURN AREA Actual/Future/Severe/Possible
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE SAN JOAQUIN VALLEY - HANFORD CA
Update sent at 21:26 PST on 2008-11-24
WIND ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 3 AM PST TUESDAY Actual/Future/Severe/Possible
SANTA BARBARA COUNTY MOUNTAINS-
Update sent at 20:58 PST on 2008-11-24
FLASH FLOOD WATCH REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM TUESDAY EVENING THROUGH WEDNESDAY EVENING Actual/Future/Severe/Possible
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE SAN DIEGO CA
Update sent at 19:05 PST on 2008-11-24
WINTER STORM WARNING IN EFFECT FROM 6 PM TUESDAY TO 10 PM PST WEDNESDAY ABOVE 7000 FEET Actual/Immediate/Severe/Observed
EASTERN SIERRA SLOPES-WHITE MOUNTAINS OF INYO COUNTY-INCLUDING THE CITIES OF... ASPENDELL... MT WHITNEY
Alert sent at 15:08 PST on 2008-11-24
FLASH FLOOD WATCH FOR THE RECENT BURN AREAS OF SANTA BARBARA... VENTURA... AND LOS ANGELES COUNTIES LATE TUESDAY THROUGH WEDNESDAY EVENING Actual/Future/Severe/Possible
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE LOS ANGELES/OXNARD CA
Alert sent at 14:27 PST on 2008-11-24

Instruction:
A FLASH FLOOD WATCH MEANS THAT CONDITIONS MAY DEVELOP THAT LEAD TO FLASH FLOODING. FLASH FLOODING IS A VERY DANGEROUS SITUATION. YOU SHOULD MONITOR LATER FORECASTS AND BE PREPARED TO TAKE ACTION SHOULD FLASH FLOOD WARNINGS BE ISSUED.

Evacuation warning: Tea Fire burn area


Evacuation warning issued for Tea Fire burn areas due to predicted heavy rain

Monday, November 24, 2008

PRESS RELEASE from the city and county of Santa Barbara and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

Santa Barbara County and City emergency officials have issued an Evacuation Warning for the Tea Fire Burn Area, including the Sycamore Creek area and other areas immediately below the fire zone. The Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Department has initiated the County's Reverse 9-1-1 call system to alert residents in both the county unincorporated area and within the City of Santa Barbara.

An Evacuation Warning means residents are advised of a possible emergency situation and they should be prepared to leave the area if the warning is upgraded to an Evacuation Order.

The current Evacuation Warning comes after the National Weather Service on Monday issued a Flash Flood Watch for the same area of Santa Barbara, including the Tea Fire Burn Area and the Sycamore Creek area below the burn area.

Emergency officials are advising residents now in advance of potential heavy rain that could arrive in the area Tuesday. Rainfall of one inch to two inches that falls in the burn area could trigger flooding, debris flows and falling rocks. The area contains hundreds of rocks and boulders that could damage homes, block roads and cause other damage.

Residents should have emergency plans in place and may want to consider leaving the area in advance of any mandatory evacuation orders. If you do plan to leave and have no other emergency shelter plans, you may contact the Santa Barbara County Chapter of the American Red Cross at (805) 687-1331.

The County has also activated its Call Center line at (805) 681-5197. The Call Center will remain active as needed based on call volume.

City and County officials are closely monitoring the incoming storms and are activating initial response plans in anticipation of the potential flooding or debris flows that might occur.

Depending upon the rain and weather conditions, the City, the County and CalTrans may close several roads in the area, including:

  • Mountain Drive between El Cielito and Cold Springs Road
  • Highway 192 between Orizaba and Conejo Road
  • Gibraltar Road
  • Sycamore Canyon Road between Stanwood Drive and Five Points

To help the public understand what they are hearing when a weather-related emergency message is sent over television and radio stations, the NWS offers the following terms and explanations:

  • Flash Flood Watch-A flash flood watch is used when the risk of flooding and/or debris flows near recent burn areas has increased significantly, but its occurrence, location and/or timing is still uncertain. It is intended to provide enough lead time so that those who need to set their plans in motion can do so. A flash flood watch is normally issued about six (6) hours to 24 hours in advance of an event.
  • Flash Flood Warning-A flash flood warning is issued when flash flooding and/or debris flows near recent burn areas is occurring, is imminent, or has a very high probability of occurring. A warning is used for conditions posing a threat to life or property. People should move to higher ground or shelter in place if safe to do so during a flash flood warning. A flash flood warning is issued based on radar rainfall estimates, rain gauge data, and ground truth reports prior to or during the heavy rain event. Lead times can vary from minutes to more than one hour.

A Flash Flood Watch and a Flash Flood Warning are the two most important messages issued by the NWS. In addition, the NWS may issue:

  • Urban and Small Stream Flood Advisory-An urban and small stream flood advisory is issued when minor flooding is occurring, is imminent, or has a very high probability of occurring. An advisory is used for conditions that are more of a nuisance, such as ponding of water on low-lying fields, under bridge overpasses and city streets, and do not threaten life or property.

Residents should pay attention to local National Weather Service (NWS) information, which provides Flash Flood Watches and Warnings both on the NOAA Weather radio, and on the NWS website at www.weather.gov/losangeles.

A sand bag station is available for City and County residents desiring sand bags to protect their property. The station is located at the City of Santa Barbara's Corporate Annex Yard at 401 E. Yanonali Street.

The station will be open until 8 p.m., Monday, November 24 and will remain open from 7:30 a.m. 3 p.m. until further notice, except on holidays. There is no limit on the number of sand bags residents of the Tea Fire area may take. Residents should be prepared to fill sand bags and bring gloves and shovels.

Additional sand bags also are available at County Fire Station 14, 320 Los Carneros in Goleta and at the Montecito Fire Protection stations in Montecito.

In the event of a large emergency or disaster, the County will work with all bona fide news organizations to distribute emergency public information. The County's "Stations of Choice" for emergency news currently include the following AM stations-KTMS-990; KZSB-1290; KUHL-1410; KINF-1440, plus the San Marcos Pass Radio Station 1040-and the following FM stations-KCSB-91.9; KSYV-96.7; KTYD-99.9; KSBL-101.7 and KRAZ-105.9. In addition, the Spanish language FM stations, KSPE-94.5 and KIST-107.7 are also designated "Stations of Choice" in the cooperative agreement with the County.

For more information regarding the emergency preparedness, go online to www.CountyofSB.org, or the cities' websites at www.santabarbaraca.gov . For emergency preparedness tips go to www.Ready.gov.

Monday, November 24, 2008

CA-MVU- Deer Springs - Multiple Small Vegetation Fires 2 acres 100%

Oceanside, San Diego County multiple starts South county and North County, Firefighter loses his helmet in roadway..Ice cream purchase should fix that.
Update: 8:52 - All lanes open
Location: Right hand side of Southbound Interstate 15 junction with Deer Springs road.
IA: 3:33hrs - Report of multiple small starts along roadway, hillside on fire.
Heavy smoke holding low to ground.
3:59 Emergency traffic blocking lanes 3, 4.
4:11 - S6 FOUND A CDF HELMET IN THE LNS S6 FOUND A CDF HELMET IN THE LNS
4:26 S6; GOING TO HAVE A LONG TERM CLOSURE , NEED CAL TRANS FOR 6 HOURS FOR # 3 / 4 LNS W/ CONES
6:30 Approximate two hours till all lanes open on roadway.

From CHP CAD:
SB I15 JNO DEER SPRINGS RD Oceanside

Sunday, November 23, 2008

LAFD - Vehicle IC - CHP TC 7 patients 1 critical

A CHP car was rear-ended on the southbound 170 freeway

*VEHICLE IC* - Los Angeles - A CHP vehicle assisting a stalled motorist was rear ended by a 4 door sedan(Impala) and pushed into traffic lanes. It was subsequently struck by another vehicle. A total of 7 patients with 1 critical were treated at the scene. One patient was extricated and all 7 patients were transported to local hospitals. ; CHP Officer Spiker responded to a call of a solo vehicle accident in the center divider of the southbound Hollywood Freeway by Burbank Boulevard and was stopped in the carpool lane and was out of the car when his car was rear-ended by a Chevy Impala. Officer Spiker was not injured in the accident, thepassenger in the Impala was transported to a hospital.

Location: Southbound 170 Freeway x Burbank; MAP 56-H1; FS 60;
Comms: Ch:8,17 @3:07 PM

San Diego County Regional Fire Authority formed

SAN DIEGO – A new regional fire authority that will protect more than 920,000 acres – about a third of the county – in the county's back country became official Wednesday.

The action by the Local Area Formation Commission, or LAFCO, will allow a newly created San Diego County Regional Fire Authority to oversee fire protection in a swath of rural East and North County.

The authority will cover about 50,000 people in an area now served by six volunteer agencies and Cal Fire. It will be paid for by $15.5 million that county supervisors set aside in June for fire protection.

The volunteer agencies will remain but will be better-funded and administered by a fire warden, a new position.

San Diego County is the most populous in the state without a regional fire department, and officials have worked for more than a decade to try to set up and find the money for a countywide agency. Officials tried to pass a $52-a-year parcel tax earlier this month to pay for a regional fire agency, but voters narrowly turned it down. The tax money would have been used to pay for firefighting aircraft, reserve engines and other regional equipment and divided among the county's fire agencies.

County officials said the authority can be formed although voters rejected the tax.

“It's taken a long time and it's been a tough road to get here,” said County Supervisor Dianne Jacob.

The fire authority is one of the first steps in the process of creating a countywide agency. Jacob said she hopes to expand the regional authority within the next two years to include other parts of the unincorporated county now served by rural fire districts. After that, urban areas served by fire departments would be included.

The agencies included in the authority are De Luz Heights, Intermountain Fire and Rescue, Ocotillo Wells, Ranchita Fire and Rescue, Shelter Valley and Sunshine Summit.

Cary Coleman, chief of Intermountain, which serves the Ramona area, said under the authority, the county can collect mitigation fees for fire protection from developers, unlike the volunteer agencies. With a regional authority, firefighters and equipment from all of the volunteer companies can be pooled together, he said.

“It's my hope that one day we'll all wear the same uniform and drive the same trucks. But for now we've got to take these small steps,” he said.

Source: Sign on San Diego - Link

CAL FIRE Firefighter Brooke Linman honored

RANCHO PENASQUITOS ---- Residents of the Arbors assisted living community in Rancho Penasquitos gathered with friends, neighbors and family members Saturday to raise money for the San Diego-based Burn Institute and honor firefighter Brooke Linman, who was severely injured in the Harris fire last year.

Ciara Linman, 8, talks with firefighter Trevor Whitehead
Ciara Linman, 8, talks with firefighter Trevor Whitehead during a tribute to firefighters Saturday at the Arbors assisted living facility in Rancho Penasquitos. Ciara is the daughter of CalFire firefighter Brooke Linman, who was seriously injured in last year's wildfires. (Bill Wechter / Staff photographer)

Bloom said that when the time came to select a worthy cause to support, several residents of the Arbors recalled that fellow resident Leona Daily had a granddaughter who was burned while battling last year's fires.

Her granddaughter, Linman, has been a firefighter since 2001 and was assigned to the CalFire Rincon station.

It was Linman's usual day off, but she was filling in for a co-worker the day the fires began.

Her crew had been fighting the fire at the southern end of San Diego County for about two hours, trying to keep the flames away from homes in Potrero.

They came across a father and son who were trying to get to their home to see if it was still standing but got trapped by the fire.

With no route for escape, the crew took the two with them and headed toward the home.

Linman recalled that the winds changed suddenly and flames engulfed their fire engine, setting it on fire.

Everyone was forced to leave the burning vehicle and run through a blazing wall of flames.

Linman described it as going from pitch black with the sound of a speeding freight train in the background to blue clear skies and silence.

"It was like night and day," she said.

But her ordeal wasn't over. She quickly went from being happy to be alive to dealing with the pain that nearly sent her into shock.

"I was worried about my injuries," Linman said, "when suddenly I heard the sound of the teenager screaming in agony, which snapped me out of it, and I realized that now I had a patient. I went back into work mode and was able to take care of him."

Her own injuries were so severe that she had to be placed in an induced coma for three weeks.

Linman said she still gets a little uncomfortable when people call her a hero.

"It's humbling," she said. "I'm honored, but it's still hard to imagine."

Linman said she credits the Burn Institute for playing a key role in her recovery and for helping to support her family through the entire ordeal.

James Floros, executive director of the Burn Institute, said that when someone is severely injured, it's not something that they are going to wake up from and be healed.

Aside from the physical scars, he said, there are emotional scars that are going to last a lifetime.

"When patients are discharged, that's when a lot of the work begins," he said. "We're a totally nonprofit, so the money we take in on Monday is spent on Thursday. Without the support of the community groups, we don't exist."

The Arbors is a 91-unit assisted living facility that specializes in care for seniors with Alzheimer's or other forms of dementia.

Bloom said the residents do something every month to benefit the surrounding neighborhood.

"We reach out to the community, but most of the time the community is reaching out to us," he said.

"When you get to this part of your life, getting out and about is obviously very limited. So bringing the community in is what our residents really appreciate. It makes them feel alive and well again."
Firefighter Brooke Linman and daughter Mira MesaFirefighter Brooke Linman and daughter Mira Mesa.

Source: http://www.northcountytimes.com
Related post: http://calfire.blogspot.com/2007/11/news-burned-san-diego-firefighter.html

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