fire http://kvpr.org en Shirley Fire Threatens Homes, Prompts Evacuation http://kvpr.org/post/shirley-fire-threatens-homes-prompts-evacuation <p></p><p><strong>&nbsp; Update:&nbsp;As of 1 p.m. Wednesday, the blaze is 90 percent contained and has charred 2,646 acres. All evacuations have been lifted.</strong></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A rapidly moving wildfire in the Sequoia National Forest has already engulfed 2,200 acres and is threatening 1,000 homes near the Kern County community of Lake Isabella</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">. KVPR’s Diana Aguilera&nbsp;reports.</span></p> Tue, 17 Jun 2014 00:33:07 +0000 Diana Aguilera 34309 at http://kvpr.org Shirley Fire Threatens Homes, Prompts Evacuation Fresno Fire Department Looking Into Serial Arson in Fresno's Downtown Fires http://kvpr.org/post/fresno-fire-department-looking-serial-arson-fresnos-downtown-fires <p class="p1">&nbsp;</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The Fresno Fire Department believes it is battling a serial arsonist.&nbsp; At a budget hearing on Tuesday, Fresno Fire Department Chief Kerri </span>Donis<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> said the fire and police departments are investigating 21 fires that have occurred in the city since May.</span></p> Thu, 12 Jun 2014 00:30:16 +0000 Kerry Klein 34063 at http://kvpr.org Fresno Fire Department Looking Into Serial Arson in Fresno's Downtown Fires Valley Edition: June 3 - Mental Health; Homeless Veterans; Fresno Fire Chief; Drought Art http://kvpr.org/post/valley-edition-june-3-mental-health-homeless-veterans-fresno-fire-chief-drought-art <p></p> Tue, 03 Jun 2014 21:49:44 +0000 Ezra David Romero & Joe Moore 33654 at http://kvpr.org Valley Edition: June 3 - Mental Health; Homeless Veterans; Fresno Fire Chief; Drought Art Dry Conditions Spur Rapid Spread of Hunters Fire http://kvpr.org/post/dry-conditions-spur-rapid-spread-hunters-fire <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">In the late afternoon on Memorial Day, a wildfire touched off in rural Mariposa County. &nbsp;Just two days later, the so-called Hunters Fire has engulfed 1300 acres and destroyed two homes.</span></p><p class="p1">Daniel Berlant, a spokesman for the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, says fires this time of year aren't unusual--but ones that travel so fast are.</p> Wed, 28 May 2014 20:10:45 +0000 Kerry Klein 33385 at http://kvpr.org Dry Conditions Spur Rapid Spread of Hunters Fire Fighting Fire With Fire, The Future Of The Rim Fire Burn Area http://kvpr.org/post/fighting-fire-fire-future-rim-fire-burn-area <p>Fires in the Sierra Nevada are a natural phenomenon, but with human sparked blazes - like this summer's Rim Fire - the ecology of the mountain range is in flux. Will the high country scorched this summer ever return to its natural glory or will the region of the forest be littered with shrubbery? In this report Valley Public Radio’s Ezra David Romero takes a walk through multiple groves scorched by fires - caused naturally and by the human hand - and speaks with ecologists about the future of the forest burned by the Rim Fire.</p> Tue, 03 Dec 2013 20:00:43 +0000 Ezra David Romero 25306 at http://kvpr.org Fighting Fire With Fire, The Future Of The Rim Fire Burn Area Despite Shutdown, Rim Fire Recovery Moves Forward http://kvpr.org/post/despite-shutdown-rim-fire-recovery-moves-forward <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">National parks across the country may be off-limits to visitors due to the government shutdown, but in the Sierra, it hasn&rsquo;t stopped efforts to recover from the Rim Fire.</span></p><p>A crew of around 50 fire response specialists are still on the job in the Stanislaus National Forest and in Yosemite National Park.</p> Thu, 03 Oct 2013 01:02:16 +0000 Ezra David Romero 22474 at http://kvpr.org Despite Shutdown, Rim Fire Recovery Moves Forward Propane Tank Explosion Injures 3 At Fresno Christian High School http://kvpr.org/post/propane-tank-explosion-injures-3-fresno-christian-high-school <p>A fire and explosion inside a food vendor's trailer at Fresno Christian High School sent two men to the hospital and injured another on Friday night.&nbsp;</p><p>Just before 6:30 p.m. a blast from a 20-gallon propane tank sent shrapnel as far as 150 feet across Alluvial Avenue. The explosion ripped off the roof and the sides of the trailer, where vendors were serving food prior to the start of a football game on campus. Officials with the Fresno Fire Department say that prior to the explosion employees detected a propane leak and a fire.</p> Sat, 14 Sep 2013 05:28:39 +0000 Joe Moore 21565 at http://kvpr.org Propane Tank Explosion Injures 3 At Fresno Christian High School On Valley Edition: Rim Fire; Kern Co. Animal Control; Fresno Co. Jails & Mental Health; Bea Franco http://kvpr.org/post/valley-edition-rim-fire-kern-co-animal-control-fresno-co-jails-mental-health-bea-franco <p><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15.555556297302246px; line-height: 21.99652862548828px;">This week on&nbsp;</span><a href="http://kvpr.org/programs/valley-edition" style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 15.555556297302246px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(12, 76, 162); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; line-height: 21.99652862548828px;">Valley Edition&nbsp;</a>we focus on the Rim Fire, animal control in Kern County, mental health issues in the region and the legacy of Bea Franco.</p> Tue, 27 Aug 2013 18:55:46 +0000 Joe Moore & Ezra David Romero 20660 at http://kvpr.org On Valley Edition: Rim Fire; Kern Co. Animal Control; Fresno Co. Jails & Mental Health; Bea Franco Fish Fire Grows In Southern Sierra Near Springville http://kvpr.org/post/fish-fire-grows-southern-sierra-near-springville <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The Fish Fire, which was sparked by lightning &nbsp;in the remote Golden Trout Wilderness has now grown to over 1,450 acres.</span></p><p>Officials report that the fire is just 7 percent contained. It is burning in a remote area within the Sequoia National Forest about 25 miles northeast of Springville, near the Kern River. The fire has grown by 450 acres since Sunday.</p> Mon, 26 Aug 2013 20:27:56 +0000 Joe Moore 20608 at http://kvpr.org Fish Fire Grows In Southern Sierra Near Springville Aspen Fire Grows to Over 16,000 Acres Near Huntington Lake http://kvpr.org/post/aspen-fire-grows-over-16000-acres-near-huntington-lake <p><strong>Update: 9:00 a.m. 8/1/13 </strong>- The Aspen Fire has now grown to 16,204 acres and is 40 percent contained.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;"><strong>Update: 9:00 a.m. 7/31/13</strong> - Fire officials say the Aspen Fire has now consumed 14,332 acres and is 35 percent contained.</span></p> Tue, 30 Jul 2013 17:41:42 +0000 Joe Moore 19195 at http://kvpr.org Aspen Fire Grows to Over 16,000 Acres Near Huntington Lake Billing Begins for Second Year of Controversial Fire Protection Fee http://kvpr.org/post/billing-begins-second-year-controversial-fire-protection-fee <p>For the second year in a row,&nbsp;California is charging rural homeowners a special fee for fire protection. The bills are coming a bit later than planned, but they are on their way.&nbsp;As Katie Orr reports from Sacramento,&nbsp;the fee's critics are as angry as ever and still hope to overturn it.</p><p>California is sending out about 800,000 bills beginning this month. The annual $150 charge is assessed to property owners with homes on land the state is responsible for protecting.</p> Thu, 04 Jul 2013 00:00:20 +0000 Katie Orr 17766 at http://kvpr.org Billing Begins for Second Year of Controversial Fire Protection Fee California Fire Camps Key To Reducing Prison Overcrowding http://kvpr.org/post/california-fire-camps-key-reducing-prison-overcrowding <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Reducing overcrowding at California prisons is not easy. Generally, inmates must either be released or given more space, which is expensive. But there is a third option. Inmates can be sent to fire camps.&nbsp; That's a cornerstone of Governor Jerry Brown's plan to reduce prison overcrowding in response to a federal court order.&nbsp; State Government Reporter Katie Orr takes a closer look at what these camps entail. &nbsp;</span></p> Wed, 22 May 2013 01:07:39 +0000 Katie Orr 15507 at http://kvpr.org California Fire Camps Key To Reducing Prison Overcrowding Anti-Tax Group Sues Over Fire Prevention Fee http://kvpr.org/post/anti-tax-group-sues-over-fire-prevention-fee <p>The Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association has filed a class action lawsuit on behalf of California property owners who are charged a fire prevention fee.</p><p>The suit by the anti-tax group claims the fee is really a tax requiring a two-thirds vote in the legislature. It seeks to overturn the fee, which costs property owners $150 for every habitable structure on their property.</p><p>The suit was filed against the California Department of Forestry and the Board of Equalization. But Association President Jon Coupal places the blame on the legislature.</p> Thu, 04 Oct 2012 21:24:43 +0000 Amy Quinton 4998 at http://kvpr.org Anti-Tax Group Sues Over Fire Prevention Fee Cal Fire: Wildfire Danger Still High http://kvpr.org/post/cal-fire-wildfire-danger-still-high <p>The hot weather is expected to end throughout most of California on Thursday, with cooler temperatures in the forecast. But with no significant rainfall in sight, state officials warn of continued fire danger.</p><p>So far this year, Cal Fire crews have responded to more than 5,300 wildfires. That’s nearly 20% more than average. And state officials say the threat of new fires isn’t over.</p><p>“Even though the calendar says ‘October’ fire danger level is high. We want people to be prepared.”</p> Thu, 04 Oct 2012 15:31:39 +0000 Steve Milne 4968 at http://kvpr.org Cal Fire: Wildfire Danger Still High Dry Lightning Sparks Increased Fire Danger http://kvpr.org/post/dry-lightning-sparks-increased-fire-danger The weather forecast for Northern and Central California over the next few days has state fire fighters on high alert.   CalFIRE’s Daniel Berlant says thunderstorms and strong winds could lead to dry lightning.   "When we get lightning-sparked fires, there can be dozens – even sometimes hundreds – of fires spread out through a large area. Thu, 06 Sep 2012 14:03:13 +0000 Ben Adler 3513 at http://kvpr.org Cal Fire Burning Through Its Budget http://kvpr.org/post/cal-fire-burning-through-its-budget <p>Fire season in California is about half over, but the state has already spent more than two-thirds of its $93 million firefighting budget.</p><p>H.D. Palmer is with the California Department of Finance. He says the state is prepared to pay, whatever the cost.</p><p>“If we do spend more for fire suppression than is in the budget, that doesn’t mean that the tankers don’t fly, that doesn’t mean the hand crews aren’t out there, that doesn’t mean the trucks don’t show up, we will have emergency appropriation authority to do that.”</p> Tue, 21 Aug 2012 01:21:59 +0000 Bob Moffit 2601 at http://kvpr.org Cal Fire Burning Through Its Budget Fire Threatens Community of Meadow Lakes http://kvpr.org/post/fire-threatens-community-meadow-lakes UPDATE: Sunday 6:30 p.m. The Lanes Fire is now 80 percent contained. CalFire reports that 11 firefighters have been injured. UPDATE: Sunday 7:30 a.m. CalFire officials now say that the Lanes Fire has consumed only 138 acres and is 30 percent contained. Over 500 firefighters are at work battling the blaze.  ---- Residents in the Fresno County mountain community of Meadow Lakes are being advised to evacuate their homes today due to a brush fire burning near the "four lane" section of Highway 168.  As of 6:30 p.m. the Lanes Fire had consumed around 150 acres of dry brush. Sun, 12 Aug 2012 01:43:02 +0000 Joe Moore 2101 at http://kvpr.org Lightning Caused Fires Continue to Burn in Mountains http://kvpr.org/post/lightning-caused-fires-continue-burn-mountains <p>Fires sparked by lightning on Saturday &nbsp;continue to burn today in rugged terrain in the Sierra Nevada mountains, nearly a week after they began. In the Sierra National Forest east of Fresno the Bear Fire has consumed over 700 acres of timber between Edison and Florence Lake.</p><p>Ten smoke jumpers, four helicopters and four fixed wing aircraft are battling the blaze, which is in terrain ranging from 7,500 to 9,000 feet in elevation. The fire is currently 50 percent contained. No structures are threatened.&nbsp;</p> Fri, 10 Aug 2012 03:01:44 +0000 Joe Moore 1963 at http://kvpr.org Lightning Caused Fires Continue to Burn in Mountains California's Budget On Hook For Wildfires http://kvpr.org/post/californias-budget-hook-wildfires <p>The wildfires blazing across California this fire season aren’t just burning through trees, grasses and homes, they’re burning through the state budget as well. Ben Adler reports from Sacramento on how the state pays to fight fires.</p> Tue, 31 Jul 2012 16:44:30 +0000 Ben Adler 1319 at http://kvpr.org As Their Numbers Dwindle, Prison Inmates Help Fight Fires http://kvpr.org/post/their-numbers-dwindle-prison-inmates-help-fight-fires <p>Fire fighters battling wildfires across California this week are getting support from hundreds of state prison inmates. That&#39;s been the case for years, but as Ben Adler reports from Sacramento, Governor Jerry Brown&#39;s prison realignment is starting to reduce the number of inmates available to help.</p> Tue, 17 Jul 2012 00:36:34 +0000 Ben Adler 388 at http://kvpr.org As Their Numbers Dwindle, Prison Inmates Help Fight Fires