At 1 a.m. on Oct. 9, a mass of fire fighters descended on a burning house on South College Avenue.
The cause of the fire is under investigation. Mike Barneich, a Santa Maria Fire Department battalion chief, confirmed to the Sun in an email that the department is calling the fire suspicious—but wasn’t at liberty to explain why. –Read More
A firefighting air tanker that crashed in Yosemite National Park, killing the pilot, may have struck a tree and lost a wing before colliding with a canyon wall, federal investigators said in a preliminary report.
Veteran pilot Geoffrey “Craig” Hunt, 62, was found dead in the wreckage of the twin-engine S-2F3AT that crashed while battling the Dog Rock Fire on the afternoon of Oct. 7. –Read More
A motor home caught fire Sunday near Lakeside, but no one was injured.
The fire in the 13200 block of Lamplite Lane, near Los Coches Road, was reported at about 3:20 p.m., according to Heartland Fire & Rescue and the California Highway Patrol. Crews reported the fire as knocked down shortly after. –Read More
A grass fire on Monday briefly threatened Benicia homes before firefighters put it out, Benicia Fire Department officials said.
At about 3:30 p.m. Monday, the Benicia Fire Department was dispatched to multiple reports of a grass fire in the open space area adjacent to Panorama Drive and Southampton Road, Division Chief K.C. Smith said. –Read More
More than 140 firefighters representing multiple agencies from across California concluded a three-day training symposium in Modesto on Saturday.
The symposium, held at Modesto’s Regional Fire Training Center and several sites throughout the city, offered a hands-on portion Friday that enabled firefighters to rotate through the tactical skills multiple times, according to a press release from the Modesto Fire Department. –read More
Seven people were trapped inside an office at a Fontana strip mall after part of the building’s roof collapsed Friday afternoon, authorities said.
San Bernardino County Fire Department crews arrived in the 17000 block of Foothill Boulevard to find the “ruins” of an overhanging facade on the ground, blocking the exit, according to a news release.–read More