Interim fire chief named for Riverside County

PERRIS – An interim fire chief is in charge in Riverside County Fire Department, following the still-unexplained removal of John Hawkins by Cal Fire, the agency that employs him. Hawkins is still an employee of Cal Fire but is no longer Riverside County fire chief, a Cal Fire spokesman reported. Deputy Fire Chief Dan Talbot […]

Cal Fire 2017 totals prompt fire safety readiness

EL CAJON – Cal Fire has provided periodic updates on current statewide wildland fire statistics throughout 2017. Early on, the organization recognized that California was experiencing an unprecedented increase in the total number of fires as well as total acres burned. According to Cal Fire San Diego, from Jan. 1 to Dec. 31, 2017, Cal […]

Board ratifies new Cal Fire contract

RIVERSIDE – The board of supervisors Tuesday unanimously approved a $595.38-million contract with Cal Fire for firefighting and other services throughout the unincorporated areas of Riverside County and 21 cities over the next three years. The board’s 5-0 vote came just two weeks before the county’s existing five-year contract with the state ended. Under the […]

AGUANGA: Firefighters battle fully-involved house fire

AGUANGA: Firefighters battle fully-involved house fire

Riverside County Fire/Cal Fire is currently battling a fully-involved house fire, according to department spokeswoman Jennifer Fuhrman. The call came in at 1:21 p.m. for the blaze located in the 49900 Block of Cree Court, in Lake Riverside Estates. According to Fuhrman, the fire is being fought defensively by 18 firefighters from five engine companies. “They […]

Motorist injured in two-car collision

AGUANGA – A motorist was injured today in a two-car collision in Aguanga that flipped one of the vehicles onto its roof. The crash happened about 11:30 a.m. on Sage Road, near Benton Road, about six miles east of Winchester, according to the Riverside County Fire Department. Crews pried the driver out of the vehicle that overturned. The […]

State adopts emergency regulation for removal of dead and dying trees

SACRAMENTO—The California Board of Forestry and Fire Protection adopted an emergency regulation for the removal of dead and dying trees at their June 17 meeting. The adoption was made in response to the ever-growing number of drought-related dead and dying trees across the State that are mounting concerns over intensifying wildfire conditions. Under the regulation, drought […]