Ken Vincent

News Director

Ken Vincent is a veteran of public radio going back, oh, let's just say 30-plus years.   Back then, after short stints in commercial radio in his native state of Washington, he broke into public radio as news director and local Morning Edition host for public station KTOO-FM in Juneau, Alaska.  In the mid-1980s, he returned to Seattle and over the course of the next 25 years worked a news reporter, local program host, producer, announcer, editor, and program engineer for Seattle NPR station KUOW.  At, let's just say, a certain age, he happily fled Pacific Northwest weather to return to a place where he lived briefly when he was younger: Southern California.  Now here at 91.9 KVCR for the past let's just say 6-plus years, Ken has considered himself very fortunate to have a job with hours that allow him to bypass rush-hour commutes in order to report on rush-hour commutes.  Hear Ken Vincent do Inland Empire traffic, weather, news, and feature interviews weekday mornings on 91.9 KVCR's Morning Edition.  Hear, read, and see local, state, and NPR News and podcasts at kvcrnews.org

Longtime Inland Empire journalist and KVCR contributor Cassie MacDuff and KVCR's Ken Vincent review some of the Inland Empire's top news stories this week, including:

KESQ TV via Twitter

UPDATED ON 9AM FRIDAY, AUGUST 17, 2018

KVCR's Ken Vincent has this update of Inland Empire wildfire-related news, including from the Holy Fire, the Crantson Fire, and the Valley Fire.

Thunderstorms moved through the Inland Empire mountain communities Thursday, prompting warnings of debris and mud flows for residents living in burn areas of recent area wildfires. 

In the San Gorgonio Mountains, there were online video reports of some flooding in the Valley Fire burn area near Forest Falls and Angelus Oaks along Highway 38. 

Inciweb.nwcg.gov

UPDATED AT 9AM THURSDAY, AUGUST 16, 2018

The Holy Fire is up to 78% containment this morning (Thursday), still being held for several days now at just under 23,000 acres.  Authorities say firefighters will welcome the higher humidity and the chance of showers today.  But with that chance of showers comes a chance of debris flows into populated communities, and lightning strikes that could start new blazes. 

Mary Fran McCluskey for KVCR

Should cities and counties that approve urban sprawl help cover the cost of putting out California wildfires?  It's a question rasied by the man who leads the agency overseeing utility companies in California.  More in this report form KVCR's Ken Vincent.

congress.gov

California Republican Member of C ongress Kevin McCarthy - the second in command behind Speaker Paul Ryan in the U.S. House of Representatives - was met by protestors at a speech in Sacramento yesterday (Wedneday).  More from KVCR's Ken Vincent.

USFS

UPDATED AT 9AM WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 15, 2018

Twitter/@ClevelandNF

UPDATED AT 10AM TUESDAY, AUGUST 14, 2018

Twitter/@sgvtribune

UPDATED 9AM TUESDAY, AUGUST 14, 2018

Firefighters continue to increase containment of the Holy Fire, burning in the Santa Ana Mountains west of the I-15 corridor.  As of Tuesday morning, the Holy Fire has burned 22,986 acres with containment at 59%.  There are nearly 1,500 personnel assigned to fight the blaze.

Twitter/@ClevelandNF

UPDATED 2PM SUNDAY, AUGUST 12, 2018

originally posted 9AM SUNDAY, AUGUST 12, 2018

Although it still remains a threat to populated communities, authorities on Sunday reported good progress containing the Holy Fire, which has displaced thousands of Riverside County residents from homes since it broke out nearly a week ago.

Mary Fran McCluskey for KVCR

UPDATED 8:30AM SATURDAY, AUGUST 11,2018

Progress is being reported this morning (Saturday) containing the Holy Fire, which has spread to more than 20,000 acres and displaced thousands of residents evacuated from communities in and near Lake Elsinore.  

A tweet Saturday morning (Aug. 11) from the Cleveland National Forest Twitter feed reports that the #Holyfire  that has been threatening Lake Elsinore foothill  communities is now 29% contained at 21,473 acres.  

Longtime Inland Empire journalist and KVCR contributor Cassie MacDuff and KVCR's Ken Vincent review some of the Inland Empire's top news stories this week, including:

USFS

UPDATED AT 7AM FRIDAY, AUGUST 10, 2018

The Holy Fire burning in the Cleveland National Forest in the mountains west of Lake Elsinore has burned more than 18,000 acres - up from 10,200 acres Thursday -  and as of this morning (Friday) is still only 5% contained.  Worse yet, weather conditions Thursday pushed the blaze downslope into the I-15 corridor.  For a time yesterday, flames came dangerously close to homes in Lake Elsinore foothill neighborhoods, but were fought back by firefighters.

Cleveland National Forest

UPDATED 7:30AM THURSDAY, AUGUST 9, 2018

The Holy Fire which broke out Monday afternoon near Holy Jim Canyon Road in the Trabuco Canyon area of Orange County, has blackened 9,600 acres of the Cleveland National Forest, and as of this morning (Thursday) is only 5 percent contained.  And as the blaze continues to advance into Riverside County, mandatory evacuation orders have been issued for several foothill communities south of Corona west of the 15 between Temescal Valley and Lake Elsinore.

https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/photograph/6032/26/81382

UPDATED  6AM MONDAY, AUGUST 6, 2018

With nearly full containment holding for several days now, officials are indicating the Cranston Fire itself is now less of a threat to Idyllwild-area mountain communities than the aftermath yet to come.

Longtime Inland Empire journalist and KVCR contributor Cassie MacDuff and KVCR's Ken Vincent review some of the Inland Empire's top news stories this week, including:

USFS

UPDATED AT 6:30AM FRIDAY, AUGUST 3, 2018

The Cranston Fire burning in the San Bernardino National Forest near the Riverside County mountain resort community of Idyllwild is - as of last night’s (Thursday) briefing – 96% contained, and still held at just over 13,000 acres burned. 

Riverside County Animal Services

A Moreno Valley-area wild donkey who was shot and wounded with an arrow has had the wound treated and was due to be released back into the wild this morning.  More from KVCR's Ken Vincent.

USFS

UPDATED AT 6AM THURSDAY, AUGUST 2, 2018                                                                               

The Chief Economist for the Inland Empire Economic Partnership, John Husing, continues his weekly conversation with KVCR's Ken Vincent about how the growing IE economy is expected to perform this year.  In this segment, Dr. Husing continues his critique of the manufacturing sector, explaining why he thinks manufacturing in the IE and around the state is lagging.

Twitter/San Bernardino National Forest

UPDATED 6AM TUESDAY, JULY 31, 2018; 2ND UPDATE AT 10AM TUESDAY

Ken Vincent for KVCR

UPDATED 5:30AM MONDAY, JULY 30. 2018

Authorities say firefighters made a second day of good progress containing the Cranston Fire, which has been burning in the San Bernardino National Forest near the Riverside County mountain resort community of Idyllwild since Wednesday, July 25.  Unified Command reports Monday morning that the Cranston Fire is being held at 13,130 acres, and has reached 57% containment, up from 29% containment the day before.  There are more than 1,500 personnel assigned to the blaze, along with 25 aircraft assisting from the air.

inciweb.gov

UPDATED AT 10:30AM SUNDAY, JULY 29, 2018

Authorities on Sunday (7/29) morning reported the fight against the Cranston Fire has made "substantial progress," and are beginning to allow many of the more than 6,000 people who were evacuated from the Idyllwild/Pine Cove area to return to their homes.

Riverside County

The Riverside County District Attorney's Office has filed multiple charges against the Inland man suspected of starting the Cranston Fire that could send him to prison for life.

Robert Yurman for KVCR

[UPDATED AT 2:00pm FRIDAY, JULY 27, 2018]

weatherspark.com

What could be record-breaking heat is expected in the Inland Empire over the next couple of days.  KVCR's Ken Vincent has this report on how you can best be prepared to make it through this week with minimal discomfort or danger.

KCAL via You Tube

Some of the hottest weather of the year could hit Inland Empire this week, with record-breaking temperatures expected around the region by Wednesday.  More from KVCR's Ken Vincent.

inciweb.nwcg.gov

There are still a couple of active wildfires burning inthe Inland Empire, and authorities are concerned this week's expected record-breaking heat could aggrevate those blazes.  MOre from KVCR's Ken Vincent.

KTLA

UPDATED AT 10:30AM FRIDAY, JULY 20, 2018:

Firefighters this morning (Friday) continue to work on containing a brush fire that started yesterday afternoon near Corona.  The so-called Skyline Fire has burned 250 acres and at last report last night was 5% contained.

Longtime Inland Empire journalist and KVCR contributor Cassie MacDuff and KVCR's Ken Vincent review some of the Inland Empire's top news stories this week, including:

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