California firefighters train in Modesto

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

Collapse at Fontana Strip Mall; Businesses Closed

A portion of the roof collapsed at strip mall in Fontana on Oct. 10, 2014. (Credit: San Bernardino County Fire Department)
A portion of the roof collapsed at strip mall in Fontana on Oct. 10, 2014. (Credit: San Bernardino County Fire Department)
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

Small Brush Fire Reported Near Devore

AN BERNARDINO, Calif. (AP) – A brush fire that broke out in an open field in San Bernardino County has been quickly contained despite hot, dry weather.

San Bernardino County Fire Chief Mark Hartwig says the fire was reported at 1:14 p.m. Friday in the unincorporated community of Devore and reached five acres before firefighters were able to contain it. –read More

Many firefighters sent home as rain helps contain King fire

pDtow.Xl.4The King fire burning in the Sierra Nevada near Placerville has largely stopped growing, thanks in part to weekend rains, and thousands of firefighters have been sent home.

On Sunday, the fire stood at 97,099 acres and was 87 percent contained, said fire spokesman Jim Mackensen. About 4,800 firefighters and support personnel remain on the job, down from more than 8,000 at the fire’s peak. Read More