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December 6, 2017

In an effort to keep you up to date on the latest local, statewide, and federal fire issues, OC Firefighters send out monthly news clippings. This newsletter will help inform you about very important fire-related matters.


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Firefighter Cancer Support Network’s Health and Wellness Symposium
On November 30, Local 3631 members joined Orange County Fire Authority (OCFA) Management at the Fire Cancer Support Network (FCSN) Health and Wellness Symposium in Pasadena to discuss our cancer prevention programs. 
Since 2005, the nonprofit FCSN has provided assistance and one-on-one mentoring to thousands of cancer-stricken firefighters and their families. FCSN also delivers extensive firefighter cancer awareness and prevention training nationwide.
With hundreds of Firefighters from across Southern California in attendance, the FCSN Health and Wellness Symposium gathered experts from across the country to discuss cancer prevention best practices, behavioral wellness, personal protective equipment research, and navigating through the workers’ comp system. 

Click here to learn more about the Firefighter Cancer Support Network. 
Firefighting Teams sent to Ventura and Los Angeles Counties to battle multiple large fires

VENTURA - The Orange County Fire Authority has sent a strike team to assist with the Thomas Fire burning in Ventura County. A total of 22 firefighters were sent. Additionally, they have sent strike teams to the Creek Fire and the Rye Fire also burning in Southern California. 

Firefighters in multiple locations in the region battled fires that were spurred by dry and windy conditions.  In Ventura County, the Thomas Fire burned more than 50,000 acres, and on the outskirts of Los Angeles County, the Creek Fire enveloped more than 11,000 acres north of the city’s downtown. Another fire in the county, dubbed the Rye Fire, had cut through 5,000 acres near the city of Santa Clarita by Tuesday evening.
LA West Media
Washington Post
ABC News
LA Times

Wildomar Fire fully contained

CLEVELAND NATIONAL FOREST - Firefighters achieved full containment Monday evening, October 30, of the 866-acre Wildomar fire in the Cleveland National Forest, according to a tweet by Cal Fire.

The state fire agency, Orange County Fire Authority and Forest Service all had roles in stopping the fire. It started Thursday when a dirt bike crashed in the Wildomar Off-Highway Vehicle Area within the national forest.
Residents of about 200 homes were ordered to evacuate and residents of about twice that many in Wildomar and Lakeland Village were warned to be prepared for possible evacuation. No homes were lost in the fire.
OC Register

3 good Samaritans pull pair from burning car in Coto de Caza

COTO DE CAZA - A man and woman trapped in a car that would become completely engulfed in flames were rescued by a team of citizens that included a 16-year-old boy.
Three good Samaritans were involved in the rescue effort with Orange County Fire Authority which took place around 10:40 p.m. on November 3 near the intersection of Vista del Verde and Tipu Run in the gated community of Coto de Caza.
After the bystanders happened upon the horrifying scene, the 16-year-old was able to use a rock to break the vehicle’s sunroof, officials said. The man and woman were then pulled from the car. The man and woman were both taken to the hospital for treatment. Two of the Good Samaritans are students at Santa Margarita Catholic High School and were on their way home when they came across the car in flames.
OC Register

Orange County Fire Crews Rescue Horse Stuck in Ditch

YORBA LINDA - On November 9, crews with the Orange County Fire Authority rescued a horse in Yorba Linda, California. According to reports, the horse’s owner was on a ride when the horse became spooked, sliding down into a deep ditch, where it became entangled.

The horse was found face-down in thick brush and shrubbery. After cutting the vegetation, rescuers were able to bridle the horse and pull it out of the ditch. The retired barrel racing horse only suffered superficial injuries.

Injured driver hoisted from Laguna Beach hillside, taken by helicopter to hospital

LAGUNA BEACH - A motorist in his mid-20s suffered serious injuries when his vehicle went 40 yards down a hillside Thursday, Nov. 23, in Laguna Beach.
The crash was reported about 1:15 a.m. at the end of Park Avenue, near Tahiti Avenue. 

The motorist was hoisted from the crash and directly into a helicopter, in which he was flown to Mission Hospital in serious condition. 
OC Register
My News LA 

Firefighters contain San Clemente brush fire

SAN CLEMENTE - The Orange County Fire Authority contained a brush fire Saturday, Nov. 25 in San Clemente near Avenida Pico and Calle Del Cerro.

The blaze first was reported behind the Gateway Plaza shopping center at about 12:15 p.m. and had burned about an acre when the OCFA arrived.

As of 2:45 p.m., 50 firefighters and an OCFA bulldozer remained on scene to mop up the fire, which had been reduced to a few smoldering hot spots.
OC Register
My News LA 

Fire damages 2 vehicles, carport in Tustin

TUSTIN - A fire damaged a carport and two vehicles in Tustin Tuesday, but no one was hurt, authorities said.

The fire was reported about 2:35 a.m. in the 15700 block of Williams Street. The flames were extinguished in about 20 minutes. The cause of the fire was under investigation.
OC Register 

26 firefighters battle blaze at Lake Forest home

LAKE FOREST -  An early morning fire severely damaged part of a house on Saturday, December 2.

Twenty six firefighters battled the blaze, which broke out about 5:30 a.m. at the home on the 25600 block of Ashby Way. Two upstairs bedrooms were severely damaged and one room downstairs was moderately damaged. The fire was put out in about 20 minutes. The homeowners were on vacation at the time and no one was in the house.  

OC Register 
Lake Forest Patch
Cover Photo Courtesy of Klick Photos
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