The Rocky Fire in Northern California

August 5, 2015

The news as of August 5, from the CAL FIRE Sonoma-Lake-Napa Unit in Lake, Yolo & Colusa Counties, near Morgan Valley Road and Rocky Creek Road, east of Lower Lake.
Acres Burned – Containment: 68,300 acres – 20% contained
Estimated – Containment: August 10, 2015
Structures Threatened: 6,959
Structures Destroyed: 39 residences and 52 outbuildings destroyed; 4 structures damaged.
Evacuations: Mandatory: Jerusalem Valley area east and west of Soda Creek, Bonham Rd, Double Eagle Ranch, Quarter Horse Ln, New Long Valley Road, homes along Highway 20 corridor between New Long Valley Road and east of the county line, Mustang Court, Bronco Court, Sunset Court, Morgan Valley east of Bonham Rd, Canyon Rd, June Bug Rd, Cantwell Ranch Rd, Sloan Ranch Rd, Sky High Ranch Rd, Rocky Creek Rd, Dam Rd from the gate to the dam, Grizzly Canyon, Long Branch Drive, Lance Rd, Cougar Rd, Red Rocks, Meridian Rd, Antelope Rd, Mule Skinner Rd, Flint Look Place, Moccasin Rd, Roundball Rd, Watertrough Rd, Grigsby Canyon, Lucky Canyon, Remington Canyon, Walker Ridge, Walker Ridge Rd, No Guns Rd, Meriann Drive, Bear Valley Rd from Highway 20 to Wilbur Springs Rd, Wilbur Springs Rd and Morgan Valley Rd X Butte Creek Rd, Ogulin County Rd and Spring Valley, Paradise Canyon, New Long Valley Rd, Old Long Valley Rd, Salt Canyon, Indian Hill Rd, Flaming Hills Ln, Benmore Canyon, Red Rock Rd, Red Rock Court, Round Mountain Rd North West of Highway 22, Fern Way, Juniper Way, Holly Way, Golden Red Way, Shasta Rd, Cougar Rd, Jeep Trail, Smith Ln, Pueblo Trail, Quail Trail, Ogulin Canyon Rd, Meadow Creek Rd, Cache Creek Rd, Wolf Creek Rd, Spring Valley Rd, Riverview Rd, Rocky Ridge, Chalk Mountain Rd, Lakeview Campground, Cache Creek Winery, Noggle Winery, Elm Way, Dogwood, Cedar, Blue Berry, Acacia Way, Acacia Street, Doe Trail, Madrone Way, Peach Way, Quince Way, Redwood Way, Sequoia Way, Tamarack Way, Weeping Willow Way, Yucca Way, Coyote Way, Elk Way and Fox Way.
Advisory: All areas including east of Hwy 29 @ Raita Rd east of Hwy 53 north to Hwy 20, Clearlake area east of Highway 53 from Dam Rd to Highway 20, Spruce Grove Rd, Noble Ranch Rd, Black Bass Pass, Spruce Grove Rd to intersection of Jerusalem Grade, Lake Ridge, Highway 53 west to Sulphur Bank Rd along Highway 20.

Evacuation Centers: Middletown High School, Kelseyville High School

Road Closures: Jerusalem Valley Road is closed to all traffic at Spruce Grove Road. Highway 20 corridor will be closed from Highway 16 to Highway 53, both directions of Ogulin Canyon Road and Highway 16 is closed from Highway 20 to County Road 41 in Yolo County.

Animal Evacuation Centers: Lake Evacuation and Animal Protection 707-263-0278

Cause: Under Investigation
Cooperating Agencies: CAL FIRE, Kelseyville FPD, South Lake FPD, Northshore FPD, Lake County Office of Emergency Services, CHP, CDCR, BLM, Lake Evacuation and Animal Protection (LEAP) RED CROSS, Lake County Sheriff, Lake County fire agencies, Salvation Army, Yolo County Sheriffs, Colusa County Sheriffs, Napa County Sheriffs, Pacific Gas and Electric, Nevada Division of Forestry, Cal Trans and California Conservations Corps.
Total Fire Personnel: 3,483
Total Fire Engines: 327
Total Fire crews: 87
Total Airtankers: 4
Total Helicopters: 19
Total Dozers: 63
Total Water Tenders: 43
Long/Lat: -122.4762475/38.8863538
Conditions: Firefighters continue to work aggressively to build control lines and sustain perimeter control. Terrain is steep and rugged with limited access. Hotter drier conditions are expected to return during the day increasing the potential for fire activity throughout the fire area. Structure loss assessment numbers may rise as damage assessment teams are able to access the previously burned areas. “RESIDENTS ARE URGED TO STAY VIGILANT AND ADHERE TO ANY CHANGES IN EVACUATIONS AND ROAD CLOSURES”. Fire activity and direction can change at any time, be prepared and stay informed. With the elevated fire danger, we are asking everyone to use extreme caution, “Ready, Set, Go”. For more information on how to prepare for wildfires, go to


Long Beach Firefighters’ Association: Partnerships with the Long Beach Community

August 1, 2015

Special Olympics Southern California:
A Proud Long-time Partner of the Long Beach Firefighters’ Association

Founded in 1969 with a competition that attracted 900 individuals, Special Olympics Southern California (SOSC) today enriches the lives of over 19,000 athletes with intellectual disabilities and their communities throughout Southern California through its sports, education, and athlete health programs. It is part of the largest sports organization in the world, Special Olympics International. The Special Olympics World Games were held in Los Angeles and Long Beach from July 25-August 2, 2015.

As a non-profit entity that provides its services free of charge to athletes and their families, SOSC relies heavily on the generosity of individuals and organizations to help it achieve its mission. The Long Beach Firefighters’ Association (LBFFA) is one of the long-time partners on whom SOSC depends to make its annual Summer Games a resounding success for its athletes and their families.

Every year since 1998, on the second Sunday in June, LBFFA members – and often their families – have set up their mobile grill on the Cal State University, Long Beach campus and served a pancake breakfast for 1,200-1,500 family members and friends of the athletes participating in the SOSC Summer Games. This event has become a family tradition for many of the firefighters, whose children and their friends come with them year after year – including those years when the Games fall on Fathers’ Day, which it does frequently.

In these three short videos, you will hear Bill Shumard, CEO of SOSC, talk about his organization’s three-decade relationship with the LBFFA. Bill Fields, SOSC’s Associate Vice President and Director of its Summer Games, notes that without the commitment and dedication of LBFFA members, they couldn’t provide free meals for the athletes’ families. And Cynda Logsdon, Volunteer Director of the SOSC Family Pavilion who is responsible for hosting the athletes’ families, describes the long-time partnership as one characterized by the generosity and friendliness of LBFFA members.

If you would like to learn more about Special Olympics Southern California or find out the many ways in which you can get involved in its programs here in Long Beach, visit its website at


Submitted by:

Pat Lynch, Ph.D.
President, Business Alignment Strategies, Inc.
Long Beach, CA
August 1, 2015


Long Beach Fire Department rescues couple from burning Chestnut Avenue apartment

July 16, 2015

Good job from our members downtown in Battalion 1 and LBPOA South Division Patrol! With their quick actions and dedication to our residents, they helped rescue these people! Otherwise this incident could have been disastrous!

Read more from the Press-Telegram.


Fire Captain Pete Dern and Family

March 31, 2015

We are posting this on behalf of our brother Captain Pete Dern with the Fresno Fire Department. Most people have seen the horrific video that injured Captain Dern while he was doing ventilation operations on a house fire Sunday in the City of Fresno. We ask that all our friends and families please check this link and see if you can help our brother and his family in this very difficult and trying time!

Donate today via YouCaring.



March 16, 2014

Did you know on average, 42 home candle fires are reported every day?  55% of home candle fires start because the candle is too close to combustible materials, resulting in an estimated 166 fire deaths each year.

In the event of a fire it is important to remember, time is the biggest enemy and every second counts.  Make sure you escape first, and then call for help.  Develop a home fire escape plan and practice it frequently with your family.  Just like sports, practice is vital.

Designate a meeting place outside and make sure everyone in the family knows two ways to escape from every room.  Never stand up in a fire, always crawl low under the smoke, and NEVER return to a burning building for any reason.  Fire doubles in size every minute and returning may cost you your life.

Finally, have a working smoke alarm dramatically increases your chances of surviving a fire.  Learn more about how you can use candles smartly by clicking here:



Earthquake Preparedness, Make Sure Your Ready!

March 10, 2014

(March 10, 2014)  Yesterday’s 6.9-magnitude that struck 40 miles west of Eureka, California is a reminder to make sure we prepare ourselves here in Long Beach to prepare for our next earthquake.  It isn’t a matter of if an earthquake will affect us; it is a matter of when it will hit us.

Living in southern California means that we must deal with earthquakes, which means we need to prepare for them as well.  Your neighborhood firefighters want to help educate you on how you can prepare before, during and after an earthquake. is a great resource on what you need to do so you are prepared when we have our next earthquake.  Please click here to learn more on how to prepare:

Long Beach Fault Lines



Every year in the United States, about 2,500 people die in home fires. Most of these deaths occurred in homes that didn’t have a working smoke alarm.

February 22, 2014

The Install. Inspect. Protect. Campaign is part of the U.S. Fire Administration’s effort to reduce fire deaths and injuries across the nation by urging residents to install smoke alarms in their homes and inspect and maintain them on a regular basis. Working smoke alarms and sprinklers save lives.

A working smoke alarm can help you and your family escape a deadly home fire. It can also help save the lives of firefighters who would otherwise have to risk their lives by searching a burning home for residents. A working smoke alarm continuously scans the air for smoke, 24 hours a day, seven days a week. It never sleeps.

The USFA is encouraging you to practice fire safety and do your part to get out, before firefighters have to come in.


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