Simi Valley 2-Alarm Fire Wind-Driven

Published 1/9/2022 1955 hours PT, Sunday

VCFD Firefighters are on the scene of a 2-alarm residential structure fire located in the 2000 block of Riverbirch Drive in Simi Valley, California, which broke out this evening.

Units B11, B20, B27, DIV, 12, DUTYPIO, E142, E35, E41, E45, E46, EMS42, I011, IV12, lA57, ME132, ME136, ME40, ME43, ME47, MED433, MRE155, Q44, SAFETY, T41 were dispatched at 1832 hours PT

Credit: VCFD PIO

Due to an impending partial roof collapse, firefighters are in a defensive fire strategy. A collapse zone has been established.

High winds are now making conditions challenging and dangerous, but are starting to make progress. Multiple hose lines were laid to protect exposure buildings on all sides of the fire building.

It is unknown at this time what the preliminary cause of the fire is.

All occupants have been evacuated from the structure and are all okay.

About the Fire Building

This is a two-story single-family residence, which was built in 1987 as a 1,623-square feet home. It has three bedrooms and 1.5 baths with a two-car attached garage. It is assessed at $567,989 per the Ventura County tax records and valued in today’s market at $719,700.

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Plane Crashes in Lakeside California

Updated 12/29/2021, Wednesday, 2200 hours PT

EL CAJON, California — Four souls, as part of the Aeromedevac flight crew N88OZ were returning when home when their lear jet clipped some power lines about 1.4 miles away from the airport after transporting a patient from Arizona to the John Wayne airport.

The crash killed four souls on board, two nurses, and both pilots.

Credit: Unknown

We send our sincere prayers, thoughts, and sincere sympathies to their families, loved ones, colleagues, and to the communities where they served. We thank you for your service and dedication. We are sorry for your loss.

This story was originally published on the day the crash occurred on December 27, 2021.

SAN DIEGO COUNTY, California — A lear jet has been reported to have clipped some powerlines as it descended, which caused a large fireball after it crashed in the intersection of Pepper Drive and North Mollison Avenue in Lakeside, California.

Originally dispatched as a plane into a house was updated to show it crashed behind a house.

Multiple powerlines were brought down and the area has been hit by a power outage.

The Fire Command is PEPPER IC.

Units dispatched were Lakeside Fire District’s E4101, 4601, 4103, B2, CM49, E19, E8, E9, M5, OE418, and T4. San Diego City HAZMAT unit, along with mutual fire aid from San Miguel E19 (Fire Attack), Santee, Heartland-El Cajon and San Diego FD.

The Sheriff’s released a statement on their Social Media channels stating, “It will take time to process the scene, but the FAA and NTSB have been notified and will handle the investigation of a plane crash.” They are asking for any photos and videos of the plane crash, for those who may have media inquiries to send them to

A request to the general public and to citizens who live in the areas near the Cities of El Cajon, Lakeside, and Santee to avoid the area due to a developing situation, which they were investigating and handling traffic control.

Incident Cooperators include law enforcement from the San Diego Sheriff’s Office, SDSO Lakeside, CHP of El Cajon and El Cajon PD, as well as Lakeside FD.

A fire buff tweeted out saying how close this crash was to the Lakeside Fire Department’s Station 1, is only 2,400 feet from their building. Firefighters had a challenging time accessing the fire ground due to downed powerlines.

About Airplane Crashes in California of 2021

Auburn | A plane crashed into a home while the homeowners were inside the building. They were uninjured. | 12/23/2021

Santee | A small twin-engine plane crashed into several homes, a UPS truck and caused a fire causing severe damage to homes. Two were killed. | 10/11/2021.

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Ventura Co Brush Fire Ignites | 1

Published 12/11/2021 1355 hours PT

OXNARD, CALIFORNIA — Ventura County Firefighters were dispatched on Saturday, December 11, 2021, to North Victoria Avenue for a brush fire at 1202 hours PT this afternoon. B15, B2, B61, C12, CPTR4, DOZ12, E61, HT61, ME3, ME5, ME66, ME67, OESWT12, VCAU1, and VNC1 were dispatched.

The fire can be seen from multiple locations and is said to be burning in the river bottom of the Santa Clara River, near the Victoria Avenue Bridge.

This is a developing story. Please check back for updates.

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Update 2 | CA Wildfire | Canyon Fire


Credit | SoCal Air Operations

Update 2 | An aircraft order was placed for this incident, which included one Air Attack (AA7JP), two air tankers (T12, T93) and one helo (C305), but have been since released (except for C305) as forward progression of the fire has been stopped. The Copter will remain to assist with helping crews put out hot spots.

Update 1 | A brush fire has ignited on Sunday, December 5, 2021, just after 1300 hours PT in the 10900 block of Dawson Canyon Road near Lake Matthews and on the east side of I-15 off of Park Canyon Road in Corona. About 15 acres have been consumed. Fire behavior is moderate. 10 engines, one helicopter, two air tankers, and a Chief Officer dispatched with the CAL FIRE / Riverside County FD. This has been designated as the CANYON FIRE.

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CA Wildfire | Canyon Fire | 1


Courtesy | CAL FIRE / RcoFD

A brush fire has ignited on Sunday, December 5, 2021, just after 1300 hours PT in the 10900 block of Dawson Canyon Road near Lake Matthews and near Corona, California. It is said to be on the east side of I-15 off of Park Canyon Road.

Credit | Alert Wildfire fire cam

About 15 acres have been consumed. Fire behavior is listed at a moderate rate of spread.

There have been 10 engines, one helicopter, two air tankers and a Chief Officer dispatched with the CAL FIRE / Riverside County FD.

This fire has been designated by CAL FIRE / Riverside County FD as the CANYON FIRE.

About Lake Matthews

Lake Matthews is a large reservoir located in the Cajalco Canyon in the foothills of the Temescal Mountains and is the western area for the Colorado River Aqueduct. It provides much water used by the cities and water districts of the Metro Water District of Southern California.

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CA Hit by Another Sunday Fire

SANTA BARBARA COUNTY, CA — Another brush fire has broken out in California today as winds are picking up and low RH making it the perfect combination for fire to burn up drought-like fuels around them.

Credit | Alert Wildfire cameras

Tonight, we see another brush fire has broken out but this one is located along HWY 166 at mile marker 17 in Santa Maria (Santa Barbara County) called the RANCH FIRE. Northeasterly winds have picked up to six miles per hour with gusts up to 13. (Initial reports at 1912 PT).

At 1912 hours PT, both the SB County and CAL FIRE FD units were en route to the area where the fire was reported to located.

Shortly, thereafter, Command called for a Fire Investigator and a PIO.

Unknown how many acres burned or the current containment status.

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CA Sees Multiple Fires Sunday


2700 Block of Avalon Street – #AvalonIC

Courtesy | CAL FIRE / RRU

On November 21, 2021, approximately 10 vehicles went up in flames igniting nearby brush in the 2700 block of Avalon Street in Jurupa Valley (Riverside County), California. The fire was reported at 1024 hours PT this morning.

Firefighters from CAL FIRE / Riverside FD responded and knocked the fire down and were expected to continue to remain on scene for the next three to four hours for overhaul.

One civilian was transported with a burn injury.

54th Street x Beach Street – #BeachIC

Courtesy | CAL FIRE/RRU

At 0811 hours PT today, a debris fire was reported about approximately 500 tires and other debris piles burning in the backyards of three properties.

CAL FIRE / RCFD firefighters responded and were due to remain on scene for three to four hours.

No injuries were reported.


There have been a number of large fires in this Avalon area and here is a historical timeline of what has occurred this year and in years prior:

9/30-10/1/2021 | Los Angeles Co | Greater Alarm | Commercial Structure fire | 16300 block S Avalon Blvd, Carson. Units on scene reported smoke and fire showing from the rear of the building. Upgraded to a 2nd alarm. LA Co FD Firefighters were seen aggressively attacking the fire with over 75 fire personnel. At 1516 PT, the IC called for a Greater alarm due to heavy fire conditions continuing throughout the structure. 28 engines, plus LAFD Task Force 64 also assisting due to heavy fire conditions. No residential evacuations were needed during the time of this incident. 4 firefighters sustained non-life-threatening injuries (Minor).

9/13/2021 | Riverside County | 3200 Blk of Avalon St., Jurupa Valley. Fire personnel were on scene at 0746 hours PT of a two-story residential structure with smoke showing. The fire was contained within two hours. No injuries were reported.

9/16/2016 | Los Angeles | 2 FF Mayday calls occurred. FF was located and not injured.

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USAR CA-TF7 Adds Three

FOLSOM, CALIFORNIA – The Folsom Fire Department had three of its members sworn in by the Sacramento FD’s Chief Gary Loesch on Friday, November 5, 2021, as their three newest members of the USAR Task Force 7 team (CA-TF7)

Congratulations on a job well done!

Urban Search and Rescue California Task Force 7 (CA-TF7) is a FEMA Urban Search and Rescue Task Force based in Sacramento, California that is sponsored by the Sacramento Fire Department. When there is a full deployment, there are about 80 members. Most of these positions are filled by Metro personnel, according to the Agency’s website.

Specialized personnel within CA TF-7 include collapse rescue, heavy rigging, Logistics, HAZMAT, Medical, Communications, K9 SAR Team, Technical Search, Planning and Safety.

Resources that consist of this California disaster resource include personnel from the following agencies and organizations:

  • Fire Departments | Sacramento, Folsom, Roseville, West Sacramento.
  • Fire Protection Districts | El Dorado County, Sacramento Metro FD.
  • Airports | Sacramento County Airports System.
  • Community Services | Cosumnes Community Services District.
  • Civilians | Emergency Department Physicians, structural engineer.

USAR Task Force 7 was one of the original USAR teams established in the early 1990s and said to be originally formed to respond to structural collapses caused by earthquakes. As more than three decades have passed, the team has evolved into a highly-skilled, experienced, and specialized to respond to disasters, catastrophes, provide incident support, and respond to preplanned events.

The CA-TF7 has been deployed to the following incidents:

  • Bombings | 1995: Oklahoma City. 2001: 9/11 Terrorist Attacks.
  • Hurricanes | Iniki (1992). Charlie, Ivan, Francis (2004). Katrina, Rita (2005). Dean (2007).Gustav, Ike (2008). Earl (2010). Sandy (2012). Matthew (2016). Harvey, Maria. (2017). Florence (2018). Dorian (2019).
  • Mudslides | Oso, Washington (2014).
  • Rock Slides | Yosemite (1996).
  • Landslide | Montecito – MRP (Canine).
  • Earthquakes | Northridge (1994). Haiti Port-au-Prince (2010).
  • Tornadoes | Kansas (2007).
  • Special Events | National Special Security Event – Olympics in Atlanta (2000), Salt Lake City (2002). Space Shuttle Recovery (2003). Democratic and Republic National Conventions (2004, 2008).
  • Floods | North Dakota. (2009).

To find out more about this Task Force (7), you can visit their Facebook page at or email them at


Want to learn more about other US Task Forces? Check out the National US&R Response System on Facebook at

CA-Task Force 1 (CA-TF1) | This unit is based in the City of Los Angeles and sponsored by its City’s Fired Department. They were established in 1993. They are one of six Task Forces that are highly trained and skilled at Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD) with certification to respond to chemical, biological or radiological agents related incidents.

CA Task Force 2 (CA-TF2) | This unit is headquartered in Los Angeles County and is sponsored by the LACoFD. This Task Force is one of two that works with the U.S. Agency for International Development’s Office of Foreign Disaster Assistance to provide an international response to natural and man-made disasters.

CA Task Force 3 (CA-TF3) | This Task Force is located in Menlo Park, California, and is sponsored by the Menlo Park Fire District that was formed in September of 1991. They are a specialized team with a highly skilled and fully equipped 80-member unit that includes 18 participating agencies and 60 civilians. They have the capability to send 220 members at the ready to any type of incident, which include those from the Menlo Park FD who are firefighters, medics, ED doctors, structural engineers, heavy equipment specialists, K9 SAR dog teams, HAZMAT, Communications experts and Logistics specialists. Their technical rescue team responds with 70,000 pounds of prepackage SAR tools and medical equipment to conduct a 24/7 operation at a domestic and international incident, both man-made or naturally created.

CA Task Force 4 (CA-TF4) | This unit is based in Oakland and is sponsored by the Oakland City FD, which consists of personnel from the Oakland FD, Alameda City FD, Alameda County FD, AMR, Berkeley FD, Camp Parks, Dublin FD, Fremont FD, Contra Costa Fire Protection District, Livermore-Pleasanton FD, Marin County FD, Novato FD, Oakland FD, San Ramon Valley Fire Protection District, Santa Rosa FD, and the Stockton FD.

CA Task Force 5 (CA-TF5) | This unit is based in Orange County and sponsored by the Orange County Fire Authority, is another that is WMD certified. This group consists of Orange County Fire Authority personnel along with specialists from the Anaheim FD, Long Beach FD, Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, Montebello FD and Orange City FD.

CA Task Force 6 (CA-TF6) | The CA-TF6 is based in Riverside, California and is sponsored by the Riverside City FD that consists of City of Corona FD, City of Hemet Fd, City of Murrieta FD, Pechanga FD, CAL FIRE – Riverside County FD.

CA Task Force 8 (CA-TF8) | The last, but not least Task Force is based in San Diego, California and sponsored by the San Diego FD has a large vast array of specialized emergency and non-emergency services and businesses in the greater San Diego region. This includes, but is not limited to Balboa Naval Hospital San Diego, California Department of Forestry (CA DOF), Carlsbad FD, Chula Vista FD, Coronado FD, El Cajon FD, Encinitas FD, Escondido FD, Montebello PD, Oceanside FD, Poway FD, Rancho Santa Fe FD, Santee Fd, San Diego City FD, San Marcos FD, San Miguel Fire Protection District, San Onofre FD, City of Visa Public Works and Vista FD.

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CA Sees Rain, Brunt of Storms

Sunday, October 24, 2021 | 1630 Hours PT

CALIFORNIA — Across this great west coast State has seen its share of droughts, wildfires and now, storms sending large amount of rain-into-debris-flows in hard hit burn scars. This weekend, powerful storms hit various areas of the State prompting warnings, alerts and evacuations all over again.

Some are calling these West Coast storms a bomb cyclone due to the very rapid strengthening and what is known as a perfect textbook of a mid-latitude cyclone. Images seen on satellite show the “bomb cyclone” with a pressure equivalent to a Cat 4 hurricane and driving an extreme atmospheric river into Northern California. (US Storm Watch)

The storms are due to head to Southern California on Monday, October 25th and more of the same is expected to impact these areas.


1404 | County Officials are warning area visitors and residents who may be near the old Caldor Fire burn scar that have them on edge due to this advisory.


1407 | Evacuation warnings issued by the Fresno County Sheriff Office to leave the Creek Fire burn scar area. An order was issued for Big Creek Canyon from below Big Creek to the san Joaquin River. (Fresno County Sheriff)


0854 | Reports of three-and-a-half feet deep water on U.S. 395 at Constantia. (CHP)


1339 | An extreme landslide brings down massive sized boulders, debris flow and mudslides along Hwy 70 near Tobin. The Highway will be shutdown for a long period of time. There is an unknown ETA when it will reopen. (Storm Chaser)

Credit | Caltrans District 2

1308 | Due to mudslides and flooding, State Route 70 remains closed from Jarbo Gap to the Greenville Wye. Please avoid the area as crews continue to work to clear the roadway. (Caltrans District 2)

Travel Updates |


1155 | Firefighters are responding to downed trees all over the region. Avoid driving if unnecessary. (CAL FIRE CZU)

0855 | Firefighters f rom CAL FIRE CZU dispatched to a pole fire on Canada Road. Driving conditions are said to be poor and only growing worse.


The Bay Area consists of nine counties (Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, Napa, San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Solano and Sonoma).

1414 | Today’s storm across the SF Bay Area, is, so far, tied as the 3rd strongest since 1950 on the Bay Area Storm Index (BASI). (Weather Forecaster)

1410 | Sleepy Hollow Creek observed near flood stage. (Resident)

1310 | Wind in drought stressed trees are down and around my neighborhood. (Resident)

0001 | The mighty Russian River has lots of storage capacity, especially after a long and dry summer. Nonetheless we are expecting significant rises over the next 1-2 days as rain inundates the basin. (NWS Bay Area)


1457 | Chico Creek overflows its banks and is rapidly rushing waters seen by many. (News Media)


Water running off through the Glass Fire burn scar at Deer Park Road above Foothill School in Deer Park. (Fire Photographer)


1410 | Mt. Veeder has had a total of surprising 10 inches of rain in the last 24 hours, mostly in the Napa Valley. Fast-moving and high levels of water can be seen in images of a bridge located in the 3100 block of Redwood Road.


1448 | Due to the storm, there is a blockage on International Drive at South White Rock Road. Crews are working hard to clear it. The road is closed to eastbound traffic, and the traffic signal at Mather Field Road is on flash. (Rancho Cordova PD)

1032 | It’s shaping up to be a rainy week in Rancho Cordova. To view or report a power outage, call SMUD at 1.888.456.SMUD, or visit To report localized flooding or other non-life-threatening emergencies, call 916.851.8700. Learn more: (City of Rancho Cordova)

1027 | To report flooding, clogged storm drains, fallen trees in the roadway, traffic signal outages, or other non-life-threatening emergencies during a storm, call 916.851.8700. For life-threatening emergencies, call 911. (Rancho Cordova PD)

1017 | Heavy rains and high winds are forecast throughout the day. RCPD wants to remind our community to drive with care and slow down. If you come across traffic signal lights that have gone out, remember that the intersection becomes a four-way stop. (Rancho Cordova PD)


1407 | A Winter Storm Warning will go into effect at 11pm tonight through Monday night. Travel above 6000ft will be impacted with slippery roads and reduced visibility. Avoid traveling through the mountains if possible. If you must drive, take it slow! (NWS Sacramento)

Satelitte view of Saturday’s early morning storm shows heavy rain over much of northern Cal. Officials are stating there is more to come and encouraging those to stay home if you can and if not, to drive with caution.

Debris flows are currently occurring and already causing road closures. If you are near a burn scar, it may be too late to evacuate. Do not attempt to cross a debris flow. Take shelter in the highest floor of your home.


1602 | Flood alarm going off in the town now. Police are clearing the streets in the downtown area, as well telling businesses they need to close their stores.


1355 | The National Weather Service in San Francisco has Issued a Flood warning for portions of the Napa River near St. Helena. (NWS Bay Area).


0910 | Heavy rainfall continues throughout San Francisco and the Bay Area region today. We’re asking everyone to please stay home, avoid roadways and non-essential travel. (San Francisco DEM)


Reports an overturned trailer backed up SB traffic on the San Rafael Bridge. High winds shook cars and a semi truck was blown several lanes over. For a quick second or two, their wheels tipped off the ground onto a pick-up truck before coming back down to the roadway. (News Media)


1313 | Water is flooding the area of Tachevach and Neotomas in Santa Rosa. Evacuations were ordered and Officials had started the process of getting residents to safety. (News Media)


1345 | Residents are starting to report flooding in the area, some are starting to evacuate themselves to higher and safer ground. (Social Media user)

1215 | Creek along Adobe Canyon Road has extreme high flows and rushing waters flooding the area. Some homes have already started to be impacted. This is in the 2020 Glass Fire burn scar. AVOID THE AREA. (Social Media User)


1153 | Flooding waters take over Napa Valley vineyard. This was seen in the Lodi Lane area. (Fire Photographer)


1400 | Rainfall may be welcome after a long wildfire season, but rainfall in fire affected areas can cause flooding and debris flow. Be careful and take precautions if you live in areas that could possibly be affected. (NIFC)

1216 | Wildfires will have lasting effects on the landscape, and create a heightened risk of Flash Flooding & Debris Flows (especially downhill & downstream of burn scars). Less rainfall is required to produce dangerous conditions. (NWS IMET Operations)

Credit | NOAA

#cawx #atmosphericriver

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CA | Knob Fire | New!

Tuesday, August 31, 2021 | Newly Reported

INCIDENT SUMMARY – The KNOB FIRE ignited from an undetermined cause on Sunday, August 29th around 2000 hours near at Friday Ridge near Willow Creek, California.

COMMAND – Fire management is being led by Jesse Knox, a Type 3 Incident Commander.

SIZE UP – The current size up is around 1,000 acres of timber, and brush. There is no containment status at this time. Fire behavior is moderate with torching, running and flanking. Officials expect to contain this wildfire by October 3, 2021.

RESOURCES – Resources include 196 total fire personnel.

WEATHER FORECAST – Weather is forecasted to be in the cooler temps and relative humidity will increase. Good recoveries in the evening will be good for crews. However, in the afternoons valley winds are said to be present with winds gusting up to 20-miles-per-hour in the Trinity River Valley area.

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