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Lessons Learned From May Wildfires

Forecasters Warn Of Hazardous Fire Conditions For San Diego County

Forecasters Warn Of Hazardous Fire Conditions For San Diego County

Nov. 21
By City News Service

San Diego County is facing late-season wildfire danger due to dry conditions, a potentially record-setting heat wave and unseasonable Santa Ana winds, authorities said Monday.

PG&E Says Someone Else's Wires May Have Started Deadly Blaze

PG&E Says Someone Else's Wires May Have Started Deadly Blaze

Nov. 10
By Associated Press

California's largest utility says the deadliest of last month's wildfires may have been started by electrical equipment not owned or installed by Pacific Gas and Electric Co.

House Approves Bill To Speed Logging To Combat Wildfires

House Approves Bill To Speed Logging To Combat Wildfires

Nov. 1
By Associated Press

Responding to deadly wildfires in California and the West, House Republicans on Wednesday passed a bill to allow faster approval for logging and other actions to reduce the risk of fire in national forests.

PG&E Reports Describe Falling Trees, Downed Power Lines On Night De...

PG&E Reports Describe Falling Trees, Downed Power Lines On Night Deadly Fires Started

Nov. 1
Ted Goldberg, Marisa Lagos and Lisa Pickoff-White / KQED

Pacific Gas and Electric has informed state regulators of at least eight instances in which trees or tree limbs brought down power lines in the hours when a series of devastating wildfires started in the North Bay earlier this month.

Roundtable: SDG&E Power Plays, Short-Term Rental Mess, Homeless Cam...

Roundtable: SDG&E Power Plays, Short-Term Rental Mess, Homeless Campground

Oct. 27
By Mark Sauer, Pat Finn

SDG&E keeps asking to bill its customers for the remaining 2007 wildfire costs. The city of San Diego has had 2 1/2 years to create rules for short-term rentals but nothing has been decided yet. And the new homeless campground near downtown San Diego has unexpected tenants: children.

CPUC Postpones SDG&E Fire Settlement Vote For Third Time

CPUC Postpones SDG&E Fire Settlement Vote For Third Time

Oct. 26
By Alison St John

The California Public Utilities Commission on Thursday postponed for a third time a decision on whether San Diego Gas & Electric can charge ratepayers for costs related to the 2007 wildfires.

State Regulators To Consider SDG&E's '07 Wildfire Cost Reimbursemen...

State Regulators To Consider SDG&E's '07 Wildfire Cost Reimbursement Thursday

Oct. 25
By Amita Sharma

The question of whether San Diego Gas & Electric’s shareholders or customers should pay $379 million in costs related to the 2007 wildfires goes before state regulators Thursday.

Rain Helps Firefighters Control Massive California Wildfires

Rain Helps Firefighters Control Massive California Wildfires

Oct. 23
By Associated Press

California authorities say firefighters made significant progress over the weekend combatting wildfires that devastated the state's famed wine country and nearby areas, killing 42 people and destroying 8,400 buildings.

Hot, Dry Conditions Prompt Red Flag Warning In San Diego

Hot, Dry Conditions Prompt Red Flag Warning In San Diego

Oct. 23
By City News Service

Santa Ana winds will rake much of San Diego County Monday and combine with record-high temperatures and extremely dry air to create dangerous fire conditions, forecasters said.

San Diego Red Flag Warning Prompts Cal Fire Staffing Levels Boost

San Diego Red Flag Warning Prompts Cal Fire Staffing Levels Boost

Oct. 20
By City News Service, Matt Hoffman

A lack of rain, low humidity and strong winds are all combining to create dangerous fire conditions in San Diego over the weekend.

KPBS Listening Post: Remembering The 2007 Wildfires

KPBS Listening Post: Remembering The 2007 Wildfires

Oct. 20
By Brooke Ruth

KPBS set up a listening post to record some of the most powerful and poignant memories people have of the 2007 firestorm.

How To Prepare For The Next San Diego Wildfire

How To Prepare For The Next San Diego Wildfire

Oct. 20
By Brooke Ruth, Maureen Cavanaugh

In the aftermath of the 2007 wildfires, RB United played a key role in helping Rancho Bernardo residents rebuild their homes. Now the volunteer-run organization focuses on disaster preparedness.

Roundtable: Covering The 2007 Fires, SDPD's Salary Deal

Roundtable: Covering The 2007 Fires, SDPD's Salary Deal

Oct. 20
By Mark Sauer, Pat Finn

What was it like to cover the destructive 2007 wildfires, to send reporters into danger, to get out critical information amidst crashing websites and without smart phones? Well, there was invention, cooperation and pure determination. And a new thing called Twitter.

State To Rule On SDG&E Request To Charge Ratepayers For $379M Wildf...

State To Rule On SDG&E Request To Charge Ratepayers For $379M Wildfire Cost

Oct. 20
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Michael Lipkin

The California Public Utilities Commission is scheduled to decide Thursday whether SDG&E can charge ratepayers $379 million to recover costs from the 2007 wildfires.

On Assignment: 2007 Wildfires Captured Through San Diego Photojourn...

On Assignment: 2007 Wildfires Captured Through San Diego Photojournalist’s Lens

Oct. 20
By Ebone Monet

A decade after the 2007 Harris fires charred tens of thousands of acres in San Diego County, a San Diego Union-Tribune photographer reflects on his career and lessons learned from covering wildfires.