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Lessons Learned From May Wildfires

San Diego To Get New Firehawk Helicopter To Fight Future Wildfires

San Diego To Get New Firehawk Helicopter To Fight Future Wildfires

Dec. 15
By City News Service

The City Council voted unanimously Wednesday to spend $19.8 million to buy a firefighting helicopter, which will increase the San Diego Fire-Rescue Department's aerial fleet from two to three.

La Jolla's Children's Pool Closes For 'Pupping Season'

La Jolla's Children's Pool Closes For 'Pupping Season'

Dec. 15
By City News Service

The annual closure of the Children's Pool beach in La Jolla to give harbor seals space to give birth and wean their young is scheduled to begin Friday.

San Diego Firefighter Killed Battling Ventura Blaze

San Diego Firefighter Killed Battling Ventura Blaze

Dec. 15
By City News Service

A 32-year-old Cal Fire engineer from northern San Diego County was killed Thursday while fighting the massive Thomas Fire in Ventura County.

San Diego Firefighter Killed Battling Thomas Fire

San Diego Firefighter Killed Battling Thomas Fire

Dec. 14
By Associated Press

A San Diego firefighter died Thursday while working a colossal wildfire burning in coastal mountains northwest of Los Angeles that has become the fourth largest in California history.

Prison Reforms Pressuring California's Inmate Firefighter Force

Prison Reforms Pressuring California's Inmate Firefighter Force

Dec. 13
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Michael Lipkin

The state estimates these inmates save California $100 million a year it would otherwise have to spend on firefighters.

Cal Fire: Lilac Fire Nearly Contained

Cal Fire: Lilac Fire Nearly Contained

Dec. 13
By City News Service

The Lilac Fire that burned 4,100 acres in the North County between Fallbrook and Oceanside remained 95 percent contained Wednesday, and several hundred firefighters were released from their assignments digging containment lines around the burn area.

Insurance Commissioner Says More Intense Fires Could Lead to Fewer ...

Insurance Commissioner Says More Intense Fires Could Lead to Fewer Fire Insurance Options

Dec. 12
Guy Marzorati / KQED

The “new normal” of California’s fire season — year-round threats to homes all over the state — could alter the marketplace for fire insurance, according to California Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones.

Supervisors Waive Permit Fees For Rebuilding After Lilac Fire

Supervisors Waive Permit Fees For Rebuilding After Lilac Fire

Dec. 11
By City News Service

The County Board of Supervisors Monday voted to waive permit fees for the rebuilding of more than 200 structures that have been destroyed or damaged in the Lilac Fire.

Firefighters Protect Seaside California Towns As Blaze Rages

Firefighters Protect Seaside California Towns As Blaze Rages

Dec. 11
By Associated Press

Thousands remained under evacuation orders Monday as the fire churned west through seaside Santa Barbara County towns northwest of Los Angeles.

All Evacuation Orders For Lilac Fire Lifted

All Evacuation Orders For Lilac Fire Lifted

Dec. 11
By City News Service

All evacuation orders for the Lilac Fire were lifted Monday after crews managed to etch fire lines around 80 percent of the blaze.

As Flames Get Running Start, Region’s Disaster Resources Face Early...

As Flames Get Running Start, Region’s Disaster Resources Face Early Glitches

Dec. 8
By Megan Burks

A high volume of calls and web views meant some San Diegans couldn’t access 211 and Alert San Diego for information on the Lilac Fire.

Lilac Fire: San Diego County Fire Evacuation Information

Lilac Fire: San Diego County Fire Evacuation Information

Dec. 8
By Christopher Underwood

Mandatory evacuation orders are in place Friday for some parts of North County San Diego after a wildfire fueled by fast-moving Santa Ana winds scorched thousands of acres in the Bonsall-Fallbrook area.

Uber And Lyft Offering Free Rides For Those Affected By Wildfires I...

Uber And Lyft Offering Free Rides For Those Affected By Wildfires In Southern California

Dec. 8
By City News Service

The ride hailing services Uber and Lyft today are offering free rides up to a value of $50 to and from evacuation centers in San Diego County and other areas affected by wildfires in Southern California.

Coalition Working To Share Fire Updates With Migrant Farm Workers

Coalition Working To Share Fire Updates With Migrant Farm Workers

Dec. 8
By Tarryn Mento

A nonprofit community health organization said they're working on-the-ground to keep Spanish-speaking farm workers and their families informed about the Lilac fire.

Fund Set Up For Horses After Lilac Wildfire

Fund Set Up For Horses After Lilac Wildfire

Dec. 8
By City News Service

The Lilac Fire in northern San Diego County killed about 25 horses and left owners and trainers searching for missing horses.

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