COUNTY FIRE TRAINING WITH REAL HOUSE FIRES IN TWENTYNINE PALMS

Ever wondered how to best train future firefighters? The answer is easy: set them loose putting out real fires under controlled conditions. In a rare confluence of circumstances, the City of Twentynine Palms and San Bernardino County Fire Department are doing just that. Reporter David Haldane explains…

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FIREFIGHTERS UNION QUESTION TWENTYNINE PALMS EQUIPMENT LEVELS

A Twitter notice and a Facebook post from the local professional firefighter’s union says public safety is at risk in the city of Twentynine Palms. The postings question a decision by County fire to have just one medic engine in Twentynine Palms, claiming it places public safety at risk. The

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SMALL FIRE PUT OUT QUICKLY IN JOSHUA TREE MONDAY AFTERNOON

Firefighters made quick work of a fire in the 6500 block of Sunset in Joshua Tree Monday afternoon. County Battalion Chief Scott Tuttle said debris stacked up outside the home caught fire about 2 p.m. Firefighters put out the flames within a minute. The home itself did not burn, although

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HOLIDAY SAFETY TIPS FROM COUNTY FIRE

The San Bernardino County Fire Department is out with its annual tips for holiday safety. Reporter David Haldane outlines a few… You never think it will happen to you, of course. And yet, every year it happens to someone whose thinking was just like yours. We’re talking about holiday-related accidents,

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MANDATORY EVACUATION ORDERS LIFTED FOR BLUE CUT FIRE

Mandatory evacuation orders for the Blue Cut Fire in San Bernardino County were lifted Sunday for all communities affected by the fire. The fire, which is just over 37,000 acres, is now 89 percent contained, and firefighters are mopping up, securing, and reinforcing containment lines. Fire officials announced a preliminary

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BLUE CUT FIRE UPDATE: FREEWAY RE-OPENED, SOME MANDATORY EVACUATIONS LIFTED, THREE ARRESTED FOR LOOTING

Fire officials are making progress in the Blue Cut Fire in San Bernardino county near the Cajon Pass. After exploding to 30,000 acres in under 24 hours in the first day, by today, officials estimate its size at about 36,000 acres, and say it is 26 percent contained. And good

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FIRE EXPLODES IN CAJON PASS; TRAFFIC DIVERTED INTO MORONGO BASIN

A wildfire in the Cajon Pass was raging out of control Tuesday, and its effects can be felt in the Morongo Basin. The Blue Cut Fire started about 10:30 Tuesday morning west of Interstate 15 and by midnight had exploded to more than 18,000 acres with zero percent containment. The

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TWENTYNINE PALMS CITY COUNCIL MARKS FIRE TURNOVER, ELIMINATES TV COVERAGE

The Twentynine Palms City Council marked the turnover of the fire Department to county control last night. Reporter David Haldane said they also eliminated TV coverage of their meetings… The moment was almost one for the history books. After years of discord, the Twentynine Palms City Council last night ceremoniously

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TWENTYNINE PALMS WATER BOARD PUTS THE SKIDS ON COUNTY TAKEOVER OF FIRE SERVICES

In a surprise last-minute vote change last night, the Twentynine Palms Water District board put the skids on the process for the annexation of the Twentynine Palms Fire Department to County Fire. In a move which one shocked resident called “Unbelievable,” Board president Sam Moore suddenly changed his vote on

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WITH ONLY 3 PERCENT PROTESTING, COUNTY TAKEOVER OF TWENTYNINE PALMS FIRE TO MOVE FORWARD

The Local Agency Formation Commission will move forward on a plan for County Fire to take over fire protection services from the Twentynine Palms Water District. Twentynine Palms City Manager Frank Luckino said yesterday’s LAFCO protest hearing received only 170 protests, which is just 3 percent of registered voters and

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LAFCO SUPPORTS TAKEOVER OF THE TWENTYNINE PALMS FIRE DEPARTMENT BY COUNTY FIRE

With expenses outpacing revenue, the county’s Local Agency Formation Commission voted in support of a takeover of emergency medical services and fire protection services in Desert Heights and Twentynine Palms. Reporter Mike Lipsitz was at yesterday’s hearing in San Bernardino … County takeover of fire service from the Twentynine Palms

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TWENTYNINE PALMS WATER DISTRICT VOTES TO ANNEX FIRE PROTECTION TO THE COUNTY, PART 1 OF 2

Last night, the Twentynine Palms Water District Board of Directors voted 4-1 to initiate the LAFCO procedure for annexation of fire protection services to the San Bernardino County Fire District. A similar decision three years ago fell apart when County Fire said the $80 per property tax that it would

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SMOKE FROM “LAKE” FIRE FILLS THE MORONGO BASIN SKIES

UPDATE 6-19-15 Firefighters continued battling the Lake Fire today along the northern boundary of the San Gorgonio Wilderness in steep rocky terrain. It is currently 15,000 acres and is 10 percent contained. About 150 structures are threatened. Fixed- and rotary-wing aircraft are battling the fire from the air with numerous

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TWENTYNINE PALMS WATER FORMS COMMITTEE TO ANNEX FIRE DEPARTMENT TO COUNTY

The Twentynine Palms Water District Board took a big first step in annexing their fire department to the county yesterday. Reporter Rebecca Havely was there and files this report…

At a special meeting of the Board of Directors of the Water Department yesterday, the board began with a brief closed

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TWENTYNINE PALMS WATER TO LOOK AT ANNEXING FIRE DEPARTMENT TO THE COUNTY

The Twentynine Palms Water District is looking at annexing the fire department to the county. Reporter Rebecca Havely says a special meeting tonight will see members named to an ad hoc committee…

The Twentynine Palms Water District Board of Directors has called a special meeting today, Monday, June 8. In

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BURN BAN LIFTED IN SAN BERNARDINO COUNTY

The San Bernardino County burn ban has been lifted. Following recent rain, CAL FIRE’s San Bernardino Unit has lifted the suspension of burning within State Responsibility Area (SRA) in San Bernardino County effective today, Monday, December 8, 2014. While cooler temperatures have helped to diminish the threat of wildfire, residents

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COUNTY FIRE URGES CHRISTMAS TREE SAFETY

With the Christmas season upon us, residents will be putting up their holiday trees. Reporter Taylor Thacker says County Fire has some Christmas tree safety reminders… With the holiday season upon us, the San Bernardino County Fire Department would like to remind you of the following holiday natural Christmas tree

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FIREFIGHTERS HOLD RESCUE DRILL LAST WEEK

Last Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday, nearly two dozen fire fighters from San Bernardino County, the Combat Center, CalFire, and Morongo Valley gathered behind the old Walmart building in Yucca Valley to practice how to rescue a fire fighter who’s fallen through a roof. Managing editor Tami Roleff was at the

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Z107.7’S TAMI ROLEFF ON HAND FOR MULTI-AGENCY WILD FIRE TRAINING

Fighting a wildfire is very different than fighting a house fire. And fortunately for us, wild land fires are not as common as house fires. However, that means that our fire fighters have to train to fight wild land fires so they keep their skills sharp. Managing editor Tami Roleff

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SMALL ELECTRICAL FIRE DISPLACES FAMILY IN LANDERS

The Red Cross helped a family that was displaced Saturday morning by a small electrical fire in Landers. According to Fire Captain Trent Blanchard, a small fire started in a cabinet in front of an electrical switch. Due to the smoke damage, the family had to leave the home.