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San Diego Sheriff’s Deputy Accusers Describe Sexual Misconduct Alle...

San Diego Sheriff’s Deputy Accusers Describe Sexual Misconduct Allegations

Dec. 15
By Amita Sharma

The number of women who have accused San Diego County Sheriff’s Deputy Richard Fischer of sexual misconduct is now at 11. Fischer is on administrative leave while sheriff’s officials investigate.

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.

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.

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