As a full-time firefighter, my passion for serving my community and helping others is an integral part of my life. This website is dedicated to my career in firefighting and the many challenges and rewards that come with it. But firefighting is not just a job to me, it's a way of life. When I'm not at the fire station, I love to explore the great outdoors through hiking, camping, and mountain biking. These hobbies help me stay physically and mentally fit, which is crucial in this demanding profession.
On this website, I will be sharing my experiences as a firefighter, as well as my love for the outdoors and the various DIY activities that keep me grounded. I hope that through my website, you will gain a better understanding of what it means to be a firefighter, and also discover some of the amazing sights and experiences that nature has to offer.

Thank you for visiting and I hope you enjoy your time here!


I plan to keep this site updated with relevant resources and topics relating to the fire service. These are sources that I have found essential and/or informative during my career.

Current Lightning Strikes

This map shows recent cloud-to-ground strikes within the past hour. White indicates within 15 min, fading eventually to red at 60 min.

Data is obtained from volunteer based data collection network Blitzortung.org. 

I help contribute to the network and you can view my lighting detector data on my Lightning page.

Current Watches/Warnings

Fire Outlook

Wildfire Intel - CA - Initial Attack


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Wilfire Intel - CA - Continuing

CA-STF-September Lightning Complex 2023

Saturday, September 9, 2023, 06:25 PM

CA-SRF-Smith River Complex

Tuesday, August 22, 2023, 11:02 AM

Smith River Complex

Sunday, August 20, 2023, 07:26 PM

CA-SRF-Lightning Complex

Sunday, August 20, 2023, 10:12 AM

CA-KNF-Happy Camp Complex 2023

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Latest News

DailyDispatch - California

After a 7-year delay, San Diego has a roving fire engine for one tough-to-reach area — and more may come soon

Wednesday, May 29, 2024, 03:00 AM

San Diego is taking a long-awaited step toward shrinking emergency response times in hard-to-reach areas of the city and neighborhoods with high call volumes. The city launched its first roving "peak-hour" fire engine five months ago in downtown's East Village neighborhood — one of a dozen coverage gap areas where badly-needed new fire stations won't be built for years.
- PUB DATE: 5/29/2024 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Microsoft Start

2 people found dead after huge fire at South El Monte commercial building

Wednesday, May 29, 2024, 03:00 AM

Two people were found dead inside a commercial building in South El Monte that was destroyed by a massive fire earlier this week, the Los Angeles County Department of Medical Examiner said Tuesday. The fire was reported just before 11:30 p.m. Sunday at a building in the 10000 block of Rush Street, an industrial complex in the San Gabriel Valley city.
- PUB DATE: 5/29/2024 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KCAL-TV CBS 9 Los Angeles

First responder says he'll always remember fighting the Oceanside Pier fire

Wednesday, May 29, 2024, 03:00 AM

VIDEO: Thousands of visitors on Memorial Day strolled along the Oceanside Pier — most of the way. The end of the historic pier is still blocked off, and a sign says it’s a hazardous area. The buildings behind the sign and chain-linked fence are charred and will eventually be torn down. The thought upset Port of San Diego Harbor Police Officer Cole Magro.
- PUB DATE: 5/29/2024 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KNSD-TV NBC 7 San Diego

Fiery pursuit crash destroys family's South Los Angeles home

Wednesday, May 29, 2024, 03:37 PM

VIDEO: A South Los Angeles family was left heartbroken after a fire that began with a pursuit crash quickly spread to their apartment and destroyed everything inside. The pursuit driver crashed into the apartment early Saturday. Kevin Tinoco, his father, two sisters, brother-in-law, niece and nephew were inside the home when they heard the jarring sound of a car colliding with the building.
- PUB DATE: 5/29/2024 12:37:00 PM - SOURCE: KNBC-TV NBC 4 Los Angeles

VIDEO: Oakland railyard owner estimates millions of dollars in damage from 4-alarm fire

Monday, May 27, 2024, 05:53 PM

Fire investigators are still working to figure out what caused an Oakland lumberyard to catch fire on Sunday night and continue to burn through the night. It happened at Economy Lumber near the corner of Coliseum and High Streets. "It spread so fast, by the time the fire department came, the fire had spread to the top of the roof already," Sam Jebrial, a neighbor said.
- PUB DATE: 5/27/2024 2:53:00 PM - SOURCE: KGO-TV ABC 7 San Francisco

Cars intentionally torched by arsonist in Los Angeles' Chinatown neighborhood

Tuesday, May 28, 2024, 03:00 AM

VIDEO/PHOTOS: An arson investigation is underway after several cars were torched in Los Angeles’ Chinatown neighborhood overnight, police confirmed to KTLA. Neighborhood residents who live between North Bunker Hill Avenue and Bartlett Street awoke at around 4:30 a.m. Sunday to flames engulfing several of their cars parked at the curb.
- PUB DATE: 5/28/2024 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KTLA-TV CW 5 Los Angeles

FireRescue1 - Top Articles

12 situational interview questions firefighters should study

Wednesday, May 29, 2024, 07:37 PM

All of these questions would be asked as "What would you do if ... " questions

50 most common firefighter interview questions

Wednesday, May 29, 2024, 04:05 PM

Here are some common (and two uncommon) questions you may encounter on a typical entry-level oral board

Succeed in your firefighter career by breaking these 10 bad habits

Wednesday, May 29, 2024, 03:07 PM

Change these behaviors to practice relational leadership that will advance your professional and personal exchanges

The 10 traits all great firefighters have

Wednesday, May 29, 2024, 02:39 PM

Firefighting is a tough business, and firefighters — more than most other professionals — need to possess a multitude of skills and talents

How to deliver a strong 360-degree size-up

Wednesday, May 29, 2024, 01:52 PM

The incident commander on the fireground must take a quick trip around the building to identify key factors related to victims, building access and fire location

5 keys to establishing, operating a successful incident command

Wednesday, May 29, 2024, 01:46 PM

Keep clear and visible lines of command and continuously observe, orient, decide and act to bring calm to the chaos at an emergency scene