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New Incident: #QuailFire near Quail Canyon Rd and Pleasents Valley Rd, southwest of Winters in Solano County is 110 acres. CAL FIRE Sonoma-Lake-Napa Unit https://www.fire.ca.gov/incidents/2022/5/21/quail-fire/

#QuailFire near Quail Canyon Rd and Pleasents Valley Rd, southwest of Winters in Solano County is 135 acres and 45% contained. CAL FIRE Sonoma-Lake-Napa Unit https://fire.ca.gov/incidents/2022/5/21/quail-fire/

CAL FIRE’s S-2T Airtankers battling Kern County’s Edmonston Fire yesterday. The S-2T Airtankers are used for rapid initial attack delivery of fire retardant on wildland fires, and are an instrumental part of our world-renowned aviation program and our ability to fight fire from the air. As of 7 am this morning, the Edmonston Fire is at 595 acres and 10% contained. Photos: Ryan Babroff SoCal Fire Photo
Below are photos that show good #DefensibleSpace and its importance in stopping the forward progress of a fire and in helping protect a home from wildfire. These photos were taken in CAL FIRE/Fresno County Fire at the #LoperIncident, which burned approximately 40 acres and is now fully contained. To learn more about defensible space, visit ReadyforWildfire.org.
Below are photos that show good #DefensibleSpace and its importance in stopping the forward progress of a fire and in helping protect a home from wildfire. These photos were taken in CAL FIRE/Fresno County Fire at the #LoperIncident, which burned approximately 40 acres and is now fully contained. To learn more about defensible space, visit ReadyforWildfire.org.
We would like to officially congratulate Ocean Lifeguard Academy #36 and welcome them to the @lacolifeguards family! This morning family and friends gathered to honor the members of OLA36 at their graduation ceremony. This years academy was an arduous 16 day academy with 7 days of EMS training and 9 days of Lifeguard Operations. Visit the link in our bio for a video highlighting the daily life of an Ocean Lifeguard Candidate!
Video: https://youtu.be/A6P1w7Bx47Q
This week marks the start of Wildfire Preparedness Month and we’re with our friend Smokey Bear to help spread the news about the importance of preventing wildfires. 🔥 Learn more about fire safety at www.fs.usda.gov/main/r5/fire-aviation/prevention & www.smokeybear.com
#OnlyYou #FireSafety #WildfirePreparednessMonth
Photo by T. Underhill of Smokey Bear waving while standing next to a patrol truck in Lytle Creek Canyon on the U.S. Forest Service – San Bernardino National Forest.
Today we remember Vernon Cassel who passed away on May 3, 1963 after being electrocuted while on an incident. We are thankful for his service. #LODD #NotForgotten

#111Fire near Highway 111 and Parkside Dr., South of City of Coachella in Riverside County is 15 acres and 100% contained. CAL FIRE/Riverside County Fire Department https://www.fire.ca.gov/incidents/2022/4/30/111-fire/

#PlatinaFire near Platina Road and Nona Road, Southwest of Redding in Shasta County is 10 acres and 70% contained. CAL FIRE Shasta-Trinity Unit https://www.fire.ca.gov/incidents/2022/4/27/platina-fire/

New Incident: #PlatinaFire near Platina Road and Nona Road, Southwest of Redding in Shasta County is 10 acres. CAL FIRE Shasta-Trinity Unit https://www.fire.ca.gov/incidents/2022/4/27/platina-fire/

#HomeHardening is an integral part of making your home fire safe. Did you know vents on homes create openings for flying embers? Attaching fine metal mesh screen over your vents can make a huge difference. Or, consider replacing them with ember- and flame-resistant vents. Learn more about home hardening at http://www.readyforwildfire.org/Hardening-Your-Home/

Surf Report 4/16: 2-3′ + Thigh to stomachLingering SSW swell blends with minor NW energy, still largest at spots exposed to the Southern Hemi energy. Take advantage of the tide push in the early morning. fire.lacounty.gov/lifeguard

For #NationalPublicSafetyTelecommunicatorsWeek we’ll be sharing posts throughout the week from various CAL FIRE units, celebrating those who answer the call for help every single day. Today’s share is from CAL FIRE/Riverside County Fire Department. Thank you, dispatchers https://www.facebook.com/NewsBreakingPage/
This week is #NationalPublicSafetyTelecommunicatorsWeek! A huge thank you this week (and every day!) to all the CAL FIRE personnel who work in our 21 Emergency Command Centers, two Regional Coordination Centers, and the Sacramento Command Center. These dedicated individuals work behind the scenes 24/7 to answer the call for help, and all play a critical role in CAL FIRE’s mission of protecting the public and our state’s natural resources. Thank you!
Assisting/Not a CAL FIRE incident: #MoonlightRX off Antelope Lake, southwest of Janesville in Plumas County. Lead agency: U.S. Forest Service-Plumas National Forest For more information: https://www.fs.usda.gov/plumas
https://www.fire.ca.gov/incidents/2022/4/9/moonlight-rx/
#RedFlagWarning in effect Saturday at 5:00AM until Sunday at 5:00PM for areas of Sacramento Valley, due to warm and dry conditions and expect strong winds. This is #CriticalFireWeather so use caution when outdoors. https://www.fire.ca.gov/programs/communications/red-flag-warnings-fire-weather-watches/
Did you know that CAL FIRE uses the OV-10s as the primary command and control platform on wildland incidents? These planes can also be utilized as a lead plane, and the crew is always staffed with a pilot and an observer, who is a Chief Officer or a Fire Captain. This is another example of the many tools CAL FIRE uses to battle wildland fires from the air. @calfireairops #CALFIRE #CALFIREairops #CALFIREaviation #CALFIREwildlandfirefighter
Don’t forget that CAL FIRE Careers will be live today (Monday) from 12:00- 12:30pm. They’ll be going through a step-by-step explanation on how to get a state job, so stop by to learn more. #CALFIRE #CALFIRECareers fire. https://www.fire.ca.gov/careers/

Today we remember Joseph “Ed” Hunter, a CAL FIRE Forest Ranger Chauffeur who passed away on April 2, 1932, two days after he was struck by an exploding water heater while responding to a house fire. We are thankful for his service. #LODD #NotForgotten

The McLeod is a long-handled wildland fire tool with a flat sharpened blade used for scraping and cutting, and large tines for raking. This tool has multiple uses and is a valuable piece of equipment on any wildland fire engine. #ToolsOfTheTrade #McLeod

#WhitlowFire off East Bear and Bear Lake Rd, northwest of Pondosa in Siskiyou County is 10 acres and 100% contained. CAL FIRE Siskiyou Unit https://fire.ca.gov/incidents/2022/3/25/whitlow-fire/

#WhitlowFire off East Bear and Bear Lake Rd, northwest of Pondosa in Siskiyou County is 10 acres and 60% contained. CAL FIRE Siskiyou Unit https://fire.ca.gov/incidents/2022/3/25/whitlow-fire/

#WhitlowFire off East Bear and Bear Lake Rd, northwest of Pondosa in Siskiyou County is 10 acres and 50% contained. CAL FIRE Siskiyou Unit https://fire.ca.gov/incidents/2022/3/25/whitlow-fire/

New Incident #WhitlowFire off East Bear and Bear Lake Rd, northwest of Pondosa in Siskiyou County is 10 acres and 30% contained. CAL FIRE Siskiyou Unit https://www.fire.ca.gov/incidents/2022/3/25/whitlow-fire/

CAL FIRE recently announced that California accomplished a new record with the recognition of the 500th Firewise USA® Community in California – Hollister Ranch in Santa Barbara County. The recognition by the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) highlights the fact that the community has taken steps to ensure that wildfire risk is reduced in their area. While California has held the highest amount of Firewise Communities nationwide for quite some time, the state has now set a new record with 500 Firewise USA® recognized communities. To learn more, visit https://www.fire.ca.gov/media/iiik0qyc/firewise-communities-news-release_2022-draft-3-21-2022.pdf

Extrication equipment is hydraulic, electric, pneumatic, or battery-operated specialty equipment primarily used to cut and manipulate vehicles after accidents to remove victims and minimize any additional injuries. This type of equipment is one of many tools that CAL FIRE uses in its rescue and recovery efforts. #ToolsOfTheTrade #ExtricationEquipment

Smokey Bear: On today’s International Day of Forests 🌲🌳🏕️, I’m asking my friends across the country to help me “keep the peace” in our nation’s beautiful forests by being careful and practicing fire safety at all times. Let’s make sure our trees are still there for future generations of outdoor enthusiasts to enjoy. #OnlyYou

Today is the first day of #spring! As the days get longer, it is the perfect time to get outdoors to start planning and maintaining the #DefensibleSpace around your home. By removing all dead vegetation and trimming trees and shrubs, you can create a buffer essential to increasing your home’s chance of surviving a wildfire. Learn more at http://www.readyforwildfire.org/Defensible-Space/ #ReadyForWildfire 20/03/22

#HollisterFire off Hollister Ranch Road and Del Norte Road, southwest of Solvang in Santa Barbra County is 120 acres and 90% contained. https://fire.ca.gov/incidents/2022/3/12/hollister-fire/

INCIDENT FINAL: #EvergreenFire near Evergreen Lane & Hwy 97, northeast of Weed in Siskiyou County is 12 acres and 100% contained. CAL FIRE Siskiyou Unit https://fire.ca.gov/incidents/2022/3/12/evergreen-fire/

#HollisterFire off Hollister Ranch Road and Del Norte Road, southwest of Solvang in Santa Barbra County is 100 acres and 70% contained. @CAL_FIRE https://fire.ca.gov/incidents/2022/3/12/hollister-fire/

CAL FIRE Law Enforcement Officers have made 23 arson-related arrests to date in 2022. Preventing fires is a vital part of CAL FIRE’s mission. Call the Arson Hotline at 800-468-4408 with information about suspicious fires. You can remain anonymous. #ArsonPrevention https://www.fire.ca.gov/media/zu3a42z1/arson-stats-2022.pdf

#HollisterFire off Hollister Ranch Road and Del Norte Road, southwest of Solvang in Santa Barbra County is 100 acres and 50% contained. CAL FIREhttps://www.fire.ca.gov/incidents/2022/3/12/hollister-fire/

#GulchFire near Dorris Brownell Road & East Butte Valley Road, southeast of Dorris in Siskiyou County is 113 acres and 20% contained. CAL FIRE Siskiyou Unit https://www.fire.ca.gov/incidents/2022/3/12/gulch-fire/

New Incident: #EvergreenFire near Evergreen Lane & Hwy 97, northeast of Weed in Siskiyou County is 5 acres. Evacuations in progress. CAL FIRE Siskiyou Unit https://www.fire.ca.gov/incidents/2022/3/12/evergreen-fire/