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Cal Fire Seizes Massive Trove Of Illegal Fireworks

SACRAMENTO – With the Fourth of July holiday just around the corner, Cal Fire announced one of the largest seizures of illegal fireworks in state history today. Following a months long investigation, CCal Fire law enforcement officers arrested seven individuals and seized over 49,000 pounds of fireworks over the past two weeks in connection to a large-scale illegal firework ring. ...

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Yosemite Officials Identify Climbers Who Fell From El Capitan

YOSEMITE – Yosemite National Park officials have identified the two climbers who died in a fall from El Capitan this morning. The two men are Jason Wells, 46, of Boulder, Colo.; and Tim Klien, 42, from Palmdale, Calif. The two were climbing the Freeblast Route on El Capitan. Park Rangers received multiple 911 calls reporting the incident and responded to ...

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Two Climbers Die In Fall From El Capitan In Yosemite

YOSEMITE – Two climbers fell to their deaths this morning from El Capitan in Yosemite National Park. Though details of the incident are slim at this time, park officials say the accident happened at approximately 8:15 a.m. The two were climbing the Freeblast Route on El Capitan. Park Rangers received multiple 911 calls reporting the incident and responded to the ...

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PG&E Responds To Cal Fire’s Allegations That They Caused Wildfires

SAN FRANCISCO — Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) today issued the following statement in response to the release of information by the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (Cal Fire) regarding some of the October 2017 Northern California wildfires: The safety of our customers, their families and the communities we serve is our most important job. The loss ...

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Cal Fire Releases Cause Of Wildfires In 2017 No. California Firestorm

SACRAMENTO  – Cal Fire investigators have determined the cause of four wildfires in Northern California last October that destroyed hundreds of homes and charred thousands of acres. “After extensive and thorough investigations, investigators have determined that four wildfires in last year’s October Fire Siege were caused by trees coming into contact with power lines,” said Cal Fire in a statement ...

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What To Expect In Yosemite This Holiday Weekend

YOSEMITE – Yosemite National Park anticipates an extremely busy Memorial Day weekend, so plan to arrive before 9 a.m. or after 4 p.m. to avoid the heaviest traffic. Once in the park, visitors are urged to park their vehicles at the Yosemite Village, Yosemite Falls, or Half Dome Village parking areas and enjoy Yosemite Valley by using the free shuttle ...

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A Bit Of Rain Doesn’t Dampen The Real Danger Of Wildfire

SACRAMENTO – Despite most of California experiencing mild weather conditions heading into the holiday weekend, this is not the time to let your guard down when it comes to wildfires. Since Jan. 1, Cal Fire has responded to over 1,200 wildfires that have burned nearly 8,000 acres, and crews are still working on the Experimental Fire, that burned nearly 60 ...

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Man Who Died On Half Dome This Week Identified

YOSEMITE – The man who was killed when he fell from the Half Dome cables in Yosemite National Park on May 21 has been identified. Asish Penugonda, 29, who had reportedly been living in New York City, died due to a fall while hiking with friends on Monday. There were thunderstorms in the area at the time of the accident, ...

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Hiker Killed In Fall From Half Dome Cables In Yosemite

YOSEMITE – A hiker suffered fatal injuries in a fall from the cables on Half Dome in Yosemite National Park yesterday. At approximately 4:30 p.m. on Monday, May 21, a male hiker was on the cable route with a companion when he slipped and fell to his death. Yosemite National Park Rangers recovered his body at approximately 1 p.m. today. ...

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Wildland Firefighters Wired For Data On Deadly Hazards

EASTMAN LAKE – Wildland firefighting in an inherently dangerous job. While the risk of injury is apparent, what has not been studied and addressed to any significant degree is the incredible stress to the body, and the exposure to cancer-causing substances in the Wildland Urban Interface (WUI). New technology is changing that. “We know that the number one killer of ...

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