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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.

In 2007, Qualcomm Stadium Became A Refuge For 15,000 Wildfire Evacuees

In 2007, Qualcomm Stadium Became A Refuge For 15,000 Wildfire Evacuees

Oct. 18
By Andrew Bowen

Some 15,000 people fleeing wildfires in 2007 sought shelter in Qualcomm Stadium, since renamed SDCCU Stadium. Officials say the effort was proof the city can manage massive evacuations — with the help of volunteers and donations.

Remembering The Migrants Who Lost Their Lives In The 2007 San Diego...

Remembering The Migrants Who Lost Their Lives In The 2007 San Diego Wildfires

Oct. 17
By Marissa Cabrera, Maureen Cavanaugh

Among the 10 people killed in the Witch Creek and Harris fires a group of immigrants from Mexico who were in the U.S. illegally who died as they made their journey across the U.S.-Mexico border.

First Person: The 2007 Wildfire Took Our Home But 'We Had Our Faith...

First Person: The 2007 Wildfire Took Our Home But 'We Had Our Faith, Our Friends And Our Family'

Oct. 16
By Brooke Ruth

Jay and Kendra Jeffcoat were on a family vacation in Colorado when they learned their Rancho Bernardo home burned down in the Witch Creek fire in 2007.

San Diego Firefighters Amass New Technology To Prep For Wildfires

San Diego Firefighters Amass New Technology To Prep For Wildfires

Oct. 16
By Amita Sharma

To help ensure the region does not see an encore of the 2007 wildfires, the San Diego Fire-Rescue Department has created an arsenal of data and technology.

Surviving The 2007 Wildfires: After Suffering Critical Burns, Firef...

Surviving The 2007 Wildfires: After Suffering Critical Burns, Firefighter Finds A New Life

Oct. 16
By Kenny Goldberg

Ten years after she nearly burned to death in the Harris Fire, former firefighter Brooke Linman is ready for her closeup.

10 Years Ago: Firestorms Ravaged San Diego County

10 Years Ago: Firestorms Ravaged San Diego County

Oct. 16
By Erik Anderson

The 2007 firestorms were the last major conflagration to scorch San Diego County. Those firestorms have left lasting marks on the community.

Stone Brewing To Donate Portion Of Sales To California Wildfire Vic...

Stone Brewing To Donate Portion Of Sales To California Wildfire Victims

Oct. 13
By City News Service

Escondido-based Stone Brewing's distributing division, Stone Distributing Co., announced Friday that it will donate a portion of its sales throughout this month to benefit people affected by the devastating fires in Northern California.

Roundtable: DACA Demands, Feinstein's Run, Hep A Continues, La Mesa...

Roundtable: DACA Demands, Feinstein's Run, Hep A Continues, La Mesa School Board

Oct. 13
By Pat Finn

President Trump said he wanted to make a deal with Democrats to save DACA and then seemed to make a deal impossible. Dianne Feinstein will keep running. Hepatitis A keeps making people sick. And the La Mesa-Spring Valley School District appoints a novice to fill a vacant seat.

Teams Report First Progress Against Wine Country Wildfires

Teams Report First Progress Against Wine Country Wildfires

Oct. 13
By Associated Press

A fifth day of desperate firefighting in California wine country brought a glimmer of hope Friday as crews battling the flames reported their first progress toward containing the massive blazes, and hundreds more firefighters poured in to join the effort.