• Brush Fire Burns 75 Acres in Banning, 20% Contained

    A fire that blackened about 75 acres of brush in Banning was 20% contained Thursday morning, authorities said. The Coyote Fire was reported to be about 50 acres in light to medium fuels at 6:35 p.m. Wednesday in the area of Old Banning Idyllwild Road south of Shirleon Drive, according to CalFire. The fire grew […]

  • 20-Acre Brush Fire Ignites in Thermal

    A brush fire broke out in Thermal Tuesday, spurring a multi-agency response. The blaze was reported at 12:17 p.m. in the 89000 block of Avenue 64, according to the Riverside County Fire Department. The first engine on scene reported a five-acre brusher burning at a moderate rate of spread. As of 1 p.m., five dozen […]

  • California’s Wildfire Season Has Potential to Last Through Winter

    This fire season is quickly becoming one of the worst in California’s history. “This fire season will actually go into the record books,” says Daniel Berlant, Asst. Deputy Director for Cal Fire. On Monday a firefighter was killed and another was injured fighting the August complex fire in the Mendocino National Forest. Berlant, was at […]

  • Small Brush Fire Closes SR-86 In Mecca

    A small brush fire prompted the closure of northbound State Route 86 in Mecca Monday. The fire was reported at about 3:14 p.m. near 66th Avenue, according to the California Highway Patrol. Riverside County firefighters were at the scene working to extinguish the flames, and the highway closure was expected to be in place until […]

  • The California firefighters who volunteered to battle flames in Australia have returned home

    Capt. Leonard Dimaculangan hugged his daughter for the first time in a month after battling flames half way across the world in Australia. “I’m glad that he gets to help me with my homework now,” Dimaculangan’s daughter, Promise, joked. Dimaculangan and 19 other firefighters with Angeles National Forest returned to California on Wednesday after they […]

  • Interagency Emergency Operations Center Opens Close to Home

    Wildfires, earthquakes and any major natural disaster, could happen at any time in Southern California and first responders will be on the ready as the region’s interagency operations center gets a major upgrade. Half of the state’s major emergencies will be delegated from inside the operations communication center inside the Cal Fire Southern Region Interagency […]

  • Forecast Calls for Busy Wildfire Season Along West Coast

    Most of the country can expect a normal wildfire season but residents along the West Coast of the United States should be ready for another busy season, the National Interagency Fire Center said Wednesday. California experienced its deadliest and largest wildfires in the past two years, including a fire in the northern part of the […]

  • Fire Season Now “Year-Round” in California

    Fires like the 564-acre “Lincoln fire” in Mecca sparked the question of whether fire season is coming earlier this year. On Monday morning, fire officials said fire seasons in California don’t exist anymore, fire years do. “We’re active all year-round now,” Battalion Chief Bryan White, said. “It was an interesting year for CAL FIRE and […]

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