Tag: wildfires

Wildfires Burning Across the State Keeping Firefighters Busy

Jul 17, 2017 1:50 pm

Firefighters are making progress on several wildfires burning throughout California, including the weeks-long Whittier Fire in Santa Barbara County. The threat level on the east side of the fire has been reduced significantly and, with conditions improving, some evacuation orders have been lifted, according to Cal FIRE.

Burning in the Lake Cachuma area, south of Highway 154, the Whittier Fire is now 18,015 acres and 49 percent contained. On just the Whittier Fire alone, there are 1,612 firefighters assigned, including 103 fire engines, 38 hand-crews, 16 dozers, 14 helicopters, and 22 water tenders and 18 bulldozers. The coordinated public safety effort consists of various local, state and federal agencies including Santa Barbara County Sheriff, California Highway Patrol, Caltrans, Southern CA Edison, PG&E, Goleta Water District, Santa Barbara County Office of Emergency Management, American Red Cross … continue reading »

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California’s Fire & Rescue Mutual Aid System Working To Battle Season’s Biggest Wildfires

Jul 11, 2017 10:50 am
Photo of Asst. Chief Brian Woodbeck and Kim Zagaris

Swinging into action for yet another season, teams of specially-trained firefighters from across the state are being strategically deployed to the state’s biggest wildfires. Currently, eight menacing wildfires are actively burning across the state, with more than half of those in the Central and Southern regions alone.

These fires are requiring the California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services (Cal OES) to put the California Mutual Aid System to work.

“Every year we’re playing an important strategy game, constantly tracking resources and monitoring the temperatures, winds and fuel conditions all over the state,” said Mark Ghilarducci, Director of Cal OES. “Our mutual aid system relies heavily on the good faith efforts of local government agencies who have always responded to calls for help without hesitation. We’re proud of the system because it’s proven to be the most effective … continue reading »

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Tom Selleck Has an Important Message for You and it Could Save Your Home

May 23, 2017 8:00 am

Actor Tom Selleck (Blue Bloods, Magnum PI, Jesse Stone, 3 Men & a Baby) agreed to host a series of PSA’s shot by Cal OES for the California Department of Forestry in 1994. Tom was so thankful to fire crews for helping save his home during a wildfire that he repaid his gratitude with the campaign “Fire Safe”. Here are a couple of spots we dug up from the Cal OES archives. Enjoy!

We have more information on defensible space at the links below.


Cal OES INSIDE LOOK: Protect Your Home From Wildfire

Cal OES My Hazards

CALFIRE: Why 100′?

Defensible Space Flier

Defensible Space Brochure

Homeowners Defensible Space Checklist


Photo Credit: Cowboys and Indians Magazine



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Cal OES INSIDE LOOK: Protect Your Home From Wildfire

May 19, 2017 2:13 pm

You’ve heard the term “defensible space,” but what does that really mean? We’ll cut through the weeds and show you how we do it. California’s firefighting mutual aid system moves faster than you think. And, goats could save your life – we’ll explain how.


Cal OES My Hazards

CALFIRE: Why 100′?

Defensible Space Flier

Defensible Space Brochure

Homeowners Defensible Space Checklist


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February 7th Marks Anniversary of Black Saturday Tragedy

Feb 7, 2017 9:31 am

February 7, 2009 is such a dark date in the minds of Australians they call it Black Saturday. A series of 400 individual brush fires raged across the state of Victoria. Extreme record-breaking temperatures, drought conditions set the stage, followed by winds topping 78 miles per hour fueled the fires. The wildfires destroyed everything in their path, killing 173 people and injuring 414; they seemed unstoppable. It was hell on earth.

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July 6, 2015, California and the … continue reading »

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Add Emergency Preparedness to New Year’s Resolutions for 2017

Jan 5, 2017 10:34 am

With the calendar flipping to 2017, those pesky New Year’s Resolutions once again become a priority. Whether it’s making plans to regularly attend the gym, eat healthier or other timely concessions, there may be one resolution that is often overlooked.

The importance of being prepared for emergencies or natural disasters is always paramount.

Living in California provides unmatched accommodations and beauty, but it’s also prone to the constant threat of disasters, such as earthquakes, flooding and wildfires.

To assist in your New Year’s Resolutions, here are some emergency preparedness tips for these five specific disasters:



2016 Year in Review: Wildfires, Gas Leak and More..

Dec 28, 2016 9:37 am

With New Year’s Day rapidly approaching, the final days of the calendar year present the ideal opportunity to reminisce about 2016. From wildfires to a national-captivating gas leak, as well as the state’s prolonged historic drought, it was another eventful year for Californians.

And Cal OES was there to document it all.

Below is a list of 10 memorable stories, grabbed directly from our blog on relevant news and public-safety reminders, from 2016:


Tests Confirm Aliso Canyon Gas Leak Permanently Sealed

Original date: Feb. 18, 2016

On Feb. 18, state regulators confirmed the natural gas leaking well at the Aliso Canyon storage field near Los Angeles has been permanently sealed.

Search and Rescue Coordinators Learn Life-Saving Techniques in Sierras

Original date: Feb. 25, 2016

On Feb. 2, occasional heavy snow greeted … continue reading »

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