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Lessons Learned From May Wildfires

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

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

Dec. 10
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

CalFire firefighter Jake Hainey, left, and engi...

Report: Firefighter Overtime Surges 65% In California

Dec. 9
By Associated Press

Following an unprecedented series of wildfires across California, overtime costs for firefighters surged by 65% over the past decade, pushing annual wages to nearly $5 billion, according to a newspaper analysis published Sunday.

Firefighters battle the Maria Fire in Californi...

California To Protect Insurance Policies In Wildfire Areas

Dec. 5
Adam Beam / Associated Press

California has ordered insurance companies to stop dropping customers who live in areas affected by recent wildfires. The order from Insurance Commissioner Ricardo Lara will only last for one year.

A DC-10 air tanker drops retardant to slow the ...

Rain May Douse Santa Barbara Wildfire Threatening Homes

Nov. 27
By Associated Press

Firefighters are hoping rainy weather will douse a wildfire that threatens thousands of homes in the coastal foothills north of Los Angeles.

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

Crews Battle Wind-Whipped Wildfire Near Santa Barbara

Nov. 26
By Associated Press

Crews are battling a wind-driven brushfire that’s threatening homes near the town of Goleta north of Santa Barbara.

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

California To Overhaul Insurance Plan After Wildfires

Nov. 15
Adam Beam / Associated Press

Devastating wildfires have plagued the state in recent years, destroying thousands of homes. Those claims have cost insurance companies, who have responded by dropping fire insurance policies for many homeowners who live in fire-prone areas.

The San Diego Police Department seal is seen on...

Roundtable: Alarming Rate Of Law Enforcement Officers With Criminal Records

Nov. 15
By Aly Sadik, Mark Sauer

A collaborative inquiry finds hundreds of California law enforcement officers with criminal backgrounds. The nation's highest court could decide the future for nearly a million undocumented immigrants. Wildfires destroy more than structures, a look at the impact on survivors' mental health.

Flames from the Witch Creek fire light up the e...

Factoring Mental Health Into Wildfire Emergency Plans, As Risk Of Fire Increases In California

Nov. 14
By Shalina Chatlani

Wildfires can leave scars across the land, but they can also leave a mark on the human psyche.

Residences were leveled by the wildfire in Para...

A Year After Deadly Fire, Paradise Pauses To Remember

Nov. 8
By Associated Press

One year after the most devastating wildfire in California history mostly destroyed the town, local officials are asking people to pause for 85 seconds beginning at 11:08 a.m. — one second for every person who was killed.

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

PG&E Expects More Than $6B In Wildfire Costs

Nov. 7
By Associated Press

Pacific Gas & Electric is reporting substantial losses for the third quarter, driven by catastrophic wildfires that have been blamed on the utility's outdated transmission lines. The company anticipates those costs could escalate to as much as $6.3 billion.

Alpine Fire Protection District Chief Bill Pask...

Trump Threatens To Cut Federal Fire Assistance To California, Local Fire Chief Says Aid Is Critical

Nov. 4
By Matt Hoffman

The Alpine Fire Protection District Chief said federal money is key for helping tackle wildfires and if it is lost, less crews will be fighting fires.

Firefighters battle the Maria Fire in Californi...

All Evacuations Lifted For Maria Fire Burning Near Los Angeles

Nov. 4
By Associated Press

Over the weekend, the president suggested he would cut federal funding to the state for help battling wildfires.

Volunteers clear ash from a burnt-out home in t...

Roundtable: Wildfires Burn Across California And Northern Baja

Nov. 1
By Bennett Lacy, Mark Sauer

A week of strong Santa Ana winds lead to destructive fires across the state and into Baja California and precautionary power outages in San Diego County. Plus, several car companies join President Trump's push to strip California of its right to set fuel mileage standards. And, the social media rebrand for the San Diego State University College Republicans.

Firefighters rest at outside a cardboard box fa...

Not Out Of Woods Yet, But Winds Driving California Fires Die

Nov. 1
By Associated Press

Calmer weather allowed crews to increase containment on wildfires after a three-week siege of gusts fanned blazes across California and led utilities to cut power to prevent winds from blowing branches into electric lines and igniting an inferno.

The sign for the Cal Fire San Diego Unit Headqu...

Red Flag Remains In Effect For San Diego County Due To 'Extreme Fire' Conditions

Oct. 31
By City News Service

A red flag warning advising of "extreme" fire weather conditions because of strong Santa Ana winds and very low humidity will last until 6 p.m. Thursday in San Diego County, according to the National Weather Service.

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