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SPECIAL COVERAGE: Living With Wildfires: San Diego Firestorm 10 Years Later

Public Safety

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.

San Diego Looks Back To The Devastating 2007 Wildfires

San Diego Looks Back To The Devastating 2007 Wildfires

Oct. 20
By Christopher Underwood, Elma Gonzalez

As many in Northern California begin to pick up the pieces following the deadliest wildfires in the state's history, San Diegans remember the destructive 2007 wildfires that burned 10 years ago this month.

7,000 Buildings Destroyed In Deadly Northern California Wildfires

7,000 Buildings Destroyed In Deadly Northern California Wildfires

Oct. 19
By Associated Press

California officials have raised the number of homes and structures destroyed in this month's wildfires to nearly 7,000 and said Thursday that the number will likely climb as crews continue assessing areas scorched by the blazes that killed 42 people.

Nearly One Million San Diegans Participate In Great California Shak...

Nearly One Million San Diegans Participate In Great California ShakeOut Drill

Oct. 19
By City News Service

The annual Great California ShakeOut Drill will be held Thursday, with nearly a million San Diegans joining people across the state — and around the world — as they drop, cover and hold to practice their readiness for a major earthquake.

Fighting The Fire: Firefighters Faced Roaring Flames, Extreme Weather

Fighting The Fire: Firefighters Faced Roaring Flames, Extreme Weather

Oct. 19
By Erik Anderson

Javier Mainer, an assistant fire chief for the city of San Diego when wildfires consumed large swaths of San Diego County in 2007, talks with KPBS reporter Erik Anderson.

San Diego Police Union, City Reach Deal On Pay Raises

San Diego Police Union, City Reach Deal On Pay Raises

Oct. 18
By Andrew Bowen, City News Service

Details on the contract agreement designed to stem the flow of experienced officers from the San Diego Police Department to other law enforcement agencies are expected to be released Wednesday morning.

Blazes Light Up California Pot Farms Ahead Of Legalization

Blazes Light Up California Pot Farms Ahead Of Legalization

Oct. 18
By Associated Press

Desperate to see if wildfires had damaged his farm, Marcos Morales gunned his four-wheel-drive station wagon along the hidden dirt roads that crisscross Sonoma County vineyards.

San Diego County Supervisor Dianne Jacob: 'We’ll Never Prevent Anot...

San Diego County Supervisor Dianne Jacob: 'We’ll Never Prevent Another Big Fire'

Oct. 18
By Alison St John, Megan Burke

San Diego County Supervisor Dianne Jacob wanted to make big changes after the fires to invest in fire prevention. The majority of the nearly 300,000 acres burned by the Harris and Witch Creek fires were in the county's unincorporated area represented by Supervisor Jacob.

Utility Scrutinized As Northern California Wildfire Victims Sue

Utility Scrutinized As Northern California Wildfire Victims Sue

Oct. 18
By Associated Press

Northern California homeowners allege in a lawsuit filed Tuesday that Pacific Gas & Electric Co. failed to adequately protect its power lines before the region's deadly wildfires, a theory that state investigators are considering as they try to determine the cause.

2007 Wildfires: Losing Their Homes Changed Their Lives

2007 Wildfires: Losing Their Homes Changed Their Lives

Oct. 18
By Alison St John

The wildfires that tore through San Diego County 10 years ago this week destroyed an estimated 1,600 homes. Two couples who lost everything when their homes burned to the ground talk about how the experience changed them.

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