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August 2, 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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Orange County Fire responds to multiple car fire in Leisure World Seal Beach

SEAL BEACH - A multiple car fire in Leisure World Seal Beach was controlled by OCFA personnel. OCFA personnel responded to a fire on Fairfield Ln. inside Leisure World Seal Beach on the evening of Sunday, July 2.

After the fire was controlled, OCFA determined that seven vehicles plus a golf car were destroyed.
A shared carport was also damaged.

Orange County Breeze

Brush fire scorches 53 acres in San Clemente

SAN CLEMENTE - A brush fire burned through 52 acres Wednesday in San Clemente.
The blaze, called the "La Pata Fire," was first spotted near the end of Avenida Pico off Ortega Highway. At the fires outset, it was burning away from residences.
Two helicopters and two air tankers were called to the scene to make water drops. One additional strike team was requested to assist in the effort to beat back the flames.

Seventy-five firefighters from both the OCFA and Camp Pendleton responded and were able to stop the forward progress of the fire, according to authorities.

Rancho Santa Margarita Patch

Brush fire in Mission Viejo off the 241 toll road contained quickly

MISSION VIEJO - A brush fire that flared up where the 241 toll road meets Los Alisos Boulevard was contained within 12 minutes on Wednesday, July 5, fire officials said.

Twenty firefighters responded and contained it just as it reached a quarter acre. Their swift action was aided by easy access to the fire, which was under an overpass, near the Upper Oso Reservoir.

OC Register

Fire rips through Irvine home, killing a dog and injuring 4 firefighters

IRVINE - Investigators were working to determine the cause of a blaze that ripped through an Irvine home on Friday, July 7, killing a family dog and causing minor injuries to four firefighters.

Capt. Alan Wilkes of the Orange County Fire Authority said the fire was sparked at about 5:30 p.m. in a single-family home in the 14000 block of Bel Aire Street. Roughly 50 firefighters battled the blaze and gained control of it just after 6 p.m., he said.

Four firefighters received minor injuries and were taken to a local hospital. A dog died in the fire, Wilkes said, adding that firefighters were still searching for kittens that may have been in the home.

OC Register
Apartment fire in Stanton leaves 1 person hospitalized, displaces 6

STANTON - A fire at a downstairs unit of a two-story apartment building was put out in less than 15 minutes by 24 Firefighters on Monday night, July 10, but not before causing severe damage to one of the units.

Orange County Fire Authority was called to a fire at an apartment building at 7882 First St. at 8:52 p.m. on July 10.

OC Register
DoubleTree Suites across from Doheny State Beach evacuated because of fire

DANA POINT - About 100 guests at DoubleTree Suites Doheny Beach were evacuated Monday, July 10, after a fire broke out in the kitchen.

The fire was reported at 11:03 a.m. at 34402 Pacific Coast Highway when nearby residents in Capistrano Beach noticed smoke coming from the back of the building.

The fire was isolated to the kitchen on the first floor and was knocked down within 15 minutes. A total of 18 firefighters responded with three engines, one truck and a paramedic unit.

The 200-room hotel has an 80 percent occupancy and about 100 guests were evacuated across the street to Doheny State Beach. 

OC Register

Fire burns Santa Ana landscaping business after several vehicles ignite

SANTA ANA - More than 40 firefighters battled a fire at a commercial building in Santa Ana Tuesday night. 

Several vehicles parked outside a landscaping business in the 1900 block of South Yale Street caught fire, and the blaze spread to the building, sending large plumes of black smoke into the sky. 

OCFA,  with an assist from the Fullerton and Costa Mesa fire departments, had 44 firefighters on scene and extinguished the blaze in 45 minutes after arriving at 7:45 p.m.

OC Register

Brush fire on Camp Pendleton base 100 percent contained

CAMP PENDLETON - A vegetation fire that erupted on the Camp Pendleton base Tuesday afternoon, July 11, was 100 percent contained after burning 152 acres. causing any threats to structures or personnel.

The Orange County Fire Authority responded to the fire at around 4 p.m., and at that point, the blaze charred just over five acres just east of Cristianitos Road. However, by 7 p.m., the fire had spread to 150 acres burned.

ABC 10

OCFA Firefighters respond to vehicle fire after a solo crash in Irvine

IRVINE - At 2:58 a.m. Wednesday, July 12, the Orange County Fire Authority responded to reports of a traffic collision with fire near the intersection of Trabuco Road and Visions in the City of Irvine.
Crews arriving on scene found a single SUV that had collided with a pole and was well-involved with fire. One patient self-extricated prior to the arrival of firefighters and was treated and transported to OC Global in unknown condition. Knockdown on the blaze was achieved within 10 minutes.

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Garage fire at Lake Forest home temporarily displaces family of 4

LAKE FOREST - Firefighters made quick work of a garage fire on Wednesday night. When firefighters arrived at the home in the 22000 block of Broken Bow Drive about 7:05 p.m. on Wednesday, July 12, the fire was well entrenched in the garage. 

The fire was put out in less than 15 minutes and isolated to the garage. 

OC Register

Underage DUI driver strikes pedestrians in Santa Ana, police say
SANTA ANA -  Five juveniles were injured after an underage, unlicensed driver suspected of driving under the influence struck pedestrians in Santa Ana on Thursday, July 13

The crash was reported in the 1600 block of S. Greenville Street. The vehicle struck a pole, injuring two teenage boys on the corner of Greenville and Pomona streets.

Garage fire at Buena Park home causes heavy damage, no injuries

BUENA PARK - No one was injured when a fire broke out and caused a heavy amount of damage to a garage at a Buena Park home Tuesday night, July 18 in the 7400 block of Apache Drive.

Firefighters were able to extinguish the blaze within about 15 minutes of the 11:48 p.m. call time and were able to keep it from spreading to the main part of the house.
OC Register 

Garage fire displaces family of 7 from Stanton home

STANTON - A garage fire Wednesday night was extinguished 15 minutes after it began, but caused enough damage to displace a family, authorities said.

Firefighters were called to a home in the 10300 block of Courtright Road at 10:04 p.m. on Wednesday, July 19. When firefighters arrived, Kurtz said, the fire could be seen burning in the garage.
OC Register

Salt Creek Beach Drowning Victim Saved, OCFA Says
DANA POINT - A near drowning, Friday, July 21, at Salt Creek Beach in Dana Point according to Orange County Fire Authority.

An unidentified 59-year-old man nearly drowned at Salt Creek Beach in Dana Point Friday, but he was pulled out of the water by another beachgoer and taken to an area hospital.

Orange County Fire Authority firefighters were called about 10:45 a.m. to respond to the man who was having trouble in the water, according to OCFA Capt. Alan Wilkes.
Laguna Niguel Patch

Rover rescued by firefighters from blazing Placentia home
PLACENTIA - Orange County firefighters made quick work of a house fire Friday, July 21, and rescued the residents’ dog.

The fire was reported at 1:10 p.m. in the 900 block of Vista Avenue.
 The blaze was knocked down in 11 minutes.

OC Register

2 Killed, 1 Critically Hurt In Violent Corvette Wreck In Irvine

IRVINE – Two women were killed and a man was critically wounded when their Corvette crashed in Irvine early Saturday morning, shearing a fire hydrant in the process.

The Corvette carrying three people crashed at Jamboree Road, between Main Street and Kelvin Avenue, a little before 2:20 a.m. Orange County Fire Authority crews responded to find two women dead at the scene. A man — the driver —  was rushed to a nearby hospital with critical injuries.

Crews had to shutoff water because a fire hydrant was sheared off by the Corvette, police said. No other vehicles were involved.


Man dies in crash after police pursuit; 9-year-old daughter in back seat critically injured

SANTA ANA – A 43-year-old man was killed and his 9-year-old daughter critically injured when their car crashed into a utility pole and wall during a police pursuit late Sunday, July 23. Officers found the driver dead and his 9-year-old daughter trapped in the back seat.

OC Register
LA Times

Elderly man, sick from heat, rescued from Black Star Canyon
BLACK STAR CANYON - An elderly man was rescued out of Black Star Canyon on Sunday, July 23, after he suffered heat-related illness, an Orange County Fire Authority official said.

Firefighters responded to the canyon after receiving a call at 2:43 p.m., OCFA Capt. Alan Wilkes said. They made contact with a man who was tended to by a park ranger.

OC Register

Hazmat team responds to report of sick workers at Irvine restaurant

IRVINE - Five people were taken to the hospital on Saturday, July 29 when a hazardous materials team responded to reports of ill workers at the Diamond Jamboree shopping center in Irvine.

Firefighters shortly after 1:15 p.m. received a call about people feeling ill at the Yigah Restaurant at 2715 Alton Parkway. After searching the restaurant and surrounding spots, the Hazmat team did not find any gas leaks or contaminants.
OC Register 

The Knott's Berry Farm Rescue and the Importance of Urban Search & Rescue Teams 
A recent article published in Firehouse Magazine regarding the rescue of 21 people stranded on the Sky Cabin Observation Deck at Knott’s Berry Farm on December 30, 2016 demonstrates the importance of training and the highly technical nature of the professional fire service. 

This rescue by the Orange County Fire Authority’s (OCFA) Technical Rescue Team members was made possible by the continuation of vital federal Urban Search & Rescue (US&R) funding. In December 2015, the United States Congress voted to extend funding for US&R and allow the OCFA and other organizations throughout the nation to continue to fund these critical, lifesaving programs. The OCFA is proud to be a sponsoring agency to one of the 28 deployable US&R Teams that exist throughout the country.

The Knott’s Berry Farm rescue demonstrates the importance of having a highly-trained task force to respond to a variety incidents. Without federal funding, US&R teams like the OCFA Technical Rescue Team would not be able to maintain the level of preparedness necessary to perform these dangerous, extremely technical rescues.
Orange County Firefighters Local 3631 has been a leading voice both locally and on the national level in advocating for the funding of US&R programs. As one of the largest organizations in California representing professional Firefighters, we have consistently fought for increased funding from a variety of sources to supplement our OCFA budget and to ensure that our Firefighters have the best resources possible to protect our communities.
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