• Firefighters rescue dog that got stuck in tree while chasing cat

    Firefighters in Northern California made an unusual animal rescue recently. A German shepherd chased a cat up a tree in San Joaquin County, nearly to the top, where the dog then got stuck. Photos shared Saturday by the Lathrop Manteca Fire District show firefighters using a ladder to get the stuck dog from the tree […]

  • Fire near Santa Barbara has charred more than 4,000 acres and is 0% contained

    A wildfire was racing toward populated areas around Santa Barbara early Tuesday, moving county officials to order evacuations and ask for outside help to contain the blaze they say their firefighters can’t handle alone. The Cave Fire started in the Santa Ynez Mountains a few miles northwest of Santa Barbara late Monday afternoon and had […]

  • Mobile Home Torched in Thermal; 3 People Displaced

    A fire ravaged a mobile home in Thermal Monday, displacing three adults, but no injuries were reported. The blaze broke out for unknown reasons at 11:37 a.m. in the 8800 block of Avenue 70, in a community with at least a dozen other homes in close proximity, according to the Riverside County Fire Department. Crews […]

  • La Quinta High School Students Feed the Heroes

    It’s crunch time inside La Quinta Culinary Arts Kitchen Academy.  Some are sauteing Brussels sprouts, others are taking bread to the oven, and Nick Ramirez is making gravy from scratch. “So what does it take to make a good gravy?” I ask.  “Bold flavors, nice consistency and a lot of love,” responds Ramirez. Everything has […]

  • Firefighters Knock Down Palm Springs Yard Fire

    A small fire that began in the side yard of a house near the Desert Parks Estates neighborhood in Palm Springs was quickly knocked down Monday, and no injuries were reported. Authorities were notified around 12:50 p.m. that black smoke was coming from a home near Via Escuela and San Clemente Road, said Palm Springs […]

  • Prison inmates are fighting California’s fires, but are often denied firefighting jobs after their release

    When a roaring wildfire approached Janet and Dan Condron’s door in Santa Rosa, California, in 2017, they were certain their home would be destroyed. The retired couple decided to evacuate. That’s when an unexpected firefighting crew appeared on their cul-du-sac and got to work, creating a break in the fire that ultimately saved the Condrons’ […]

  • Fire That Threatened River Bottom Neighborhood Contained

    A 30-acre brush fire that erupted in the Santa Ana River bottom near downtown Riverside, threatening numerous homes before crews gained the upper hand, was fully contained Thursday. The non-injury blaze was reported at 11:40 a.m. Wednesday in the area of Indian Hill Road and Ladera Lane, along the dry banks of the Santa Ana […]

  • Brush Fire in Hemet Area Grows to 20 Acres Before its Progress is Halted

    Firefighters Monday morning stopped the forward progress of a 20-acre brush fire in an unincorporated area of Hemet, authorities said. The fire was reported just before 1 a.m. at Warren and Old Mine roads, the Riverside County Fire Department said. The fire had a slow rate of spread, fire officials said. They initially described it […]

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