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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.

Climate Change A Major Culprit In Explosive Wildfires, Says San Die...

Climate Change A Major Culprit In Explosive Wildfires, Says San Diego Researcher

Dec. 12
By Susan Murphy

As wildfires rage across Southern California, burning more than 1,000 homes, displacing nearly 100,000 people and paving a devastating trail of destruction, a San Diego researcher said climate change is playing a major role.

Record Number Of Meth-Related Deaths Reported In San Diego County

Record Number Of Meth-Related Deaths Reported In San Diego County

Dec. 11
By City News Service

Methamphetamine abuse contributed to a record number of deaths in the San Diego area last year, according to a government study released today.

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.

Pipe Bomb Strapped To Man Explodes In NYC Subway, Injuring 4

Pipe Bomb Strapped To Man Explodes In NYC Subway, Injuring 4

Dec. 11
By Associated Press

A man with a pipe bomb strapped to him set off the crude device in the subway near Times Square on Monday, injuring the suspect and three other people at the height of the morning rush hour, law enforcement officials said.

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.

Cole Reshuffles Committee Assignments, Shifting Power To Democrats

Cole Reshuffles Committee Assignments, Shifting Power To Democrats

Dec. 8
By Andrew Bowen

San Diego City Council President Myrtle Cole unveiled a list of nominations to committees, moving some higher-profile positions in the city government from Republicans to Democrats.

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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