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Lessons Learned From May Wildfires

Hot sunny skies are drying out vegetation in Sa...

San Diego's Hot Weather Conditions Raise Risk Of Wildfires

May 4
By Erik Anderson

The threat of wildfire is rising with the temperature as an unseasonable warm spell rolls into the San Diego region.

Flames from a backfire consume a hillside as fi...

Coronavirus Forces New Approaches To Fighting Wildfires

April 9
Rebecca Boone / Associated Press

They are two disasters that require opposite responses: To save lives and reduce the spread of COVID-19, people are being told to remain isolated. But in a wildfire, thousands of firefighters will be summoned to work in close quarters for weeks.

A Pacific Gas & Electric repair truck enters th...

PG&E Pleading Guilty To Involuntary Manslaughter In Wildfire

March 23
By Associated Press

Pacific Gas & Electric has agreed to plead guilty to 84 counts of involuntary manslaughter in connection with the 2018 Northern California wildfire killed 84 people and decimated three towns.

Aircrew from the 146th Airlift Wing at Channel ...

Guard Flight Simulator One Of Several Projects Which Remain On Hold To Build Wall

Feb. 25
By Steve Walsh

127 military projects were put on hold in 2019 to fund expansion of the border wall. Those projects remain in limbo, after the Trump administration removed another $3.2 billion from military projects after the latest defense bill passed.

Rural Fire Service large air tanker 134, operat...

Australia Works To Recover Bodies Of 3 Americans From Air Tanker Crash

Jan. 24
By Associated Press

The American tanker plane that crashed while fighting Australian wildfires had just dropped a load of retardant on a fire before it went down in New South Wales state, investigators said Friday.

Flags at Ramona Air Attack Base are flown at ha...

Three Americans Die After Airtanker Crashes Battling Australian Bushfire

Jan. 23
By Priya Sridhar

Three American firefighting airplane crew members were killed Thursday when the C-130 Hercules aerial water tanker they were in crashed while battling wildfires in southeastern Australia, officials said.

San Diego fire crews put out a fire on Fairmoun...

Homeless Mentioned In Nearly 13% Of All San Diego Fire Dispatch Calls

Jan. 17
By Mary Plummer / inewsource

As San Diego grapples with a large, unsheltered homeless population, some turn to canyons and parks for a place to live. Many of those areas are at the highest risk for fire in the city, putting nearby homes and structures at risk.

Pacific Gas & Electric, PG&E crews work on rest...

California Lawmaker Demands Probe Of PG&E's Chief Regulator

Jan. 15
By Associated Press

A state lawmaker on Wednesday demanded an extensive review of the California Public Utilities Commission to determine whether regulators’ lax oversight enabled neglect at Pacific Gas & Electric that triggered catastrophic wildfires, a messy bankruptcy and exasperating blackouts.

Flames from a backfire consume a hillside as fi...

California Could Mandate Backup Power At Cell Phone Towers

Jan. 8
By Associated Press

When the nation's largest electric utility preemptively shut off power last fall to prevent wildfires in California, customers lost more than just their lights — some lost their phones, too.

A helicopter drops water on the Cave Fire burni...

California's Gov. Newsom Had 'Baptism By Fire' In 1st Year

Dec. 30, 2019
By Associated Press

During his inaugural address last January, California Gov. Gavin Newsom made only a passing reference to wildfires and never mentioned the state's largest utility, Pacific Gas & Electric. Both soon became inescapable topics.

A firefighter examines a burning home as the Hi...

Wildfires Cause Turmoil In California Property Insurance Market

Dec. 26, 2019
By Associated Press

Kent Michitsch seemed to be running out of traditional options to insure the home he’s lived in for more than 30 years northeast of San Diego as California’s massive property insurance market reels from three consecutive years of destructive wildfires.

Members of the California National Guard work a...

Controlled Burns Aim To Reforest San Diego's Mountains

Dec. 24, 2019
By Tom Fudge

The California Parks Department is setting fires in San Diego County's eastern mountains to try to bring back the forest in parts of Cuyamaca Rancho State Park.

A fire prevention crew hauls away sections of a...

As California Thins Forests To Limit Fire Risk, Some Resist

Dec. 13, 2019
By Associated Press

Buzzing chainsaws are interrupted by the frequent crash of breaking branches as crews fell towering trees and clear tangled brush in the densely forested Santa Cruz Mountains south of San Francisco.

San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer and members of ...

SDFD Rolls Out New $20 Million Firefighting Helicopter

Dec. 12, 2019
By Matt Hoffman

The military-style helicopter, which can hold 1,000 gallons of water, is the first new addition to the city's fleet since 2007.

San Diego fire department crews put down a fire...

Fire Safety Gaps Exposed As San Diego’s Homeless Make Canyons Their Home

Dec. 10, 2019
By Mary Plummer / inewsource

An inewsource investigation finds that hundreds of fire-incident calls this year cited homeless encampments. The situation is leaving many residents on edge

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