wildfire safety

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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.

Crews in California are getting a better handle on a number of large wildfires burning thoughout the state.  As Capital Public Radio's Randol White explains, in spite of the positive strides, it's still a very dangerous situation.

A panel of experts on forest and fire management testified for hours yesterday (Tuesday 8/14) at a hearing in Sacramento with little to show for it.  Capital Public Radio's Ezra David Romero reports on the fourth such meeting of its kind.

Several Riverside County hiking trails that have been closed because of wildfire danger will be reopening today {Thursday).  More from KVCR's Ken Vincent.

Crews on the lines of the enormous  Thomas Fire hope ti take advantage of a two-day window of calmer winds before the gusts increase again at mid-week. KVCR's Rick Dulock shares this story released today by the Associated Press.

Ed Sherman for CAL FIRE/Riverside County Fire Dept.

As of last report at 8:30am this morning (Monday), the so-called Palmer Fire - burning in the San Timoteo Badlands between Calimesa and Moreno Valley since Saturday - was 50 percent contained at 3,800 acres.  Firefighters were hoping to complete the containment line today, as KVCR's Ken Vincent reports.

Fire Fees for Rural Areas Eliminated

Jul 31, 2017

Rural California property owners now have one less bill to pay. And its one that they've been reposnsible for for the last six years. The Cap-And-Trade deal signed last week by Governor Jerry Brown ends a $150 a year fire protection fee.  Ben Adler of Capital Public Radio reports.


A group of juveniles playing with fire torched a blaze that scorched 10 acres of brush in Moreno Valley yesterday (Tuesday).  More from KVCR's Ken Vincent.


A fire erupted yesterday (Thursday) in the Santa Ana River bottom in Riverside, scorching 30 acres and spreading into a Jurupa Valley golf course by the time crews began attempting to encircle it.  More from KVCR's Ken Vincent.


A report in this week's San Bernardino Sun focused on how the heavy rains of this past winter that helped end the California drought could now increase the risk of wildfires in Southern California.  More from KVCR's Ken Vincent.

CalFire San Diego

A brush fire in San Diego County near Interstate 15 at Gopher Canyon Road north of Escondido has slowed traffic for miles - both yesterday and today - on the 15 southbound between Rainbow Valley Blvd. and Gopher Canyon Road, which is northeast of Vista.  KVCR's Ken Vincent has more.


The cost of fighting wildfires continues to grow and it's putting a strain on the U.S. Forest Service.  Capital Public Radio's Ja'Nel Johnson has an update.


Over the past few months, thousands of firefighters have been battling up to half-a-dozen big fires burning  across California.  When a major fire breaks out, Cal Fire scrambles an operating base known as fie camp.  It's a place to shower, get a hot meal, and some r & r before heading back out on the line.  Capital Public Radio's Julia Mitric visited the Clayton Fire camp in Lake County, and she brings us this postcard.


Proposed legislation making its way to the governor's desk in Utah could provide a framework for regulating aerial drones here in California.  KVCR's Matt Guilhem reports the Utah bill could help firefighters get a handle on a growing problem here in the Golden State.


Firefighters continue to battle two wildfires burning perilously close to one another in the San Gabriel Mountains northwest of the Inland Empire.  As of midday Tuesday, the Fish Fire had burned 3000 acres in the Angeles National Forest near the communities of Duarte and Bradbury, where some home evacuations have been ordered.  A few miles across a dry canyon to the east of the Fish Fire, the Reservoir Fire has charred 2400 acres near the Morris Reservoir in the dry, brushy hills above Azusa.  Separated by a canyon through which Highway 39 winds, officials are concerned the two blazes coul

IE Firefighters Prepare For The Worst This Fire Season

Jun 21, 2016
San Bernardino County Fire's Facebook

Inland Empire firefighters are preparing for a rough summer. Currently 48 new recruits are being trained to battle the blaze of perhaps one of the driest seasons. San Bernardino County Fire Battalion Chief Michael Wakoski is especially worried this year with good reason. 

"The El Nino did not develop down here in Southern California like it should have or was predicted to. That's ok, but is a lot dryer down here in Southern California right now. We're starting to get fires a little earlier. Normally we don't get them until the end of July."

Scientists Warn Of California "Mega-Fires"

Sep 18, 2015

Some of the large, intense wildfires in California may be the state's first "mega-fires."  As Capital Public Radio's Amy Quinton reports, scientists say mega-fires aren't just defined by their size.

Fire Officials Say Don't Wait To Evacuate

Sep 15, 2015

California fire officials are warning people not to delay evacuating from wildfire areas if they are told to leave. Capital Public Radio's Katie Orr reports on the warning issued this week.

California Highway Patrol

A weekend brush fire in the San Bernardino foothills that halted traffic for a time on one of the main routes between the Inland Valleys and communities in the San Bernardino Mountains was quickly contained before causing much damage.  KVCR's Ken Vincent has more.


Hobby drones have repeatedly hindered firefighting efforts this year.  But as Capital Public Radio's Amy Quinton reports, the Desert Research Institute in Reno is launching a project to see how unmanned aircraft systems might improve wildfire management and safety.


Firefighters are still working to contain a wildfire that started yesterday [Monday] evening and quickly burned several hundred acres of brush and chaparral in the Riverside County community of Anza, located near Highway 74 in the mountains between Temecula and Palm Desert.  KVCR's Ken Vincent read this item on the air early this morning.


The Rocky Fire in Colusa, Lake, and Napa Counties has been extraordinarily unpredictable for firefighters, at one point burning 20-thousand acres in five hours.  As Capital Public Radio's Amy Quinton reports, scientists say that kind of fire behavior is becoming much more common.

Calif. Gov Brown Travels To NorCal Fire Lines

Aug 7, 2015

Firefighters are making progress on the Rocky Fire in Northern California.  Governor Jerry Brown visited the fire line yesterday [Thursday].  He says the fire presents a "new normal."  Capital Public Radio's Katie Orr reports from Middletown, California.


Firefighters throughout California continue to battle almost twenty wildfires.  As Capital Public Radio's Amy Quinton reports, it's eating up a larger portion of the budget for both CalFire and the US Forest Service.


Of the more than nine-thousand firefighters battling wildfires across California right now, roughly 40 percent are inmates who participate in fire camps. There's been some fear that the reduction in the state's prison population might lead to a shortage of firefighters. So far, that fear has not played out. Capital Public Radio's Ben Adler reports.


The San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors is establishing a reward fund for information leading to the prosecution of drone operators. Through the measure, the board is addressing a disturbing trend of unmanned vehicles interrupting firefighting operations. KVCR's Matt Guilhem has more on Tuesday's decision.

New Science on Wildfires and Elevation

Jul 27, 2015

A new study shows wildfires are increasingly occurring at higher elevations in the Sierra Nevada. Researchrs say climate change and some forest management practices may be driving the change. Capital Public Radio's Amy Quinton reports.


There's been a significant increase in the number of wildfires this year in California. But, the size of the fires has been relatively small. Capital Public Radio's Ed Joyce reports.

First responders are growing increasingly frustrated with owners of hobbyist drones who fly them over wildfires.  That's prompting new proposals from California state lawmakers.  Capital Public Radio's Ben Adler reports.


The Inland Empire wildfire that made national news by attacking a major freeway, burning family cars and semi trucks while shutting down the main route between Southern California and Las Vegas at the height of the weekend getaway, is now 60 percent contained at 3,500 acres.  So far there are no reports of injuries.