Tag: fires

FEMA opens Martinez office to help Camp Fire evacuees

| December 19, 2018 | 0 Comments

MARTINEZ, Calif. – Many evacuees from the November Camp Fire in Butte County and other California wildfires have found temporary homes in Contra Costa County while they decide whether to rebuild or move elsewhere, officials of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), have said. In recognition of this, FEMA is opening mobile disaster recovery centers […]

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Marathon grants to help wildfire victims

| November 28, 2018 | 0 Comments

Marathon Petroleum Corporation (MPC), which operates the local Andeavor Refinery, has contributed $275,000 in grants to help in relief and recovery efforts associated with California wildfires, Patricia Deutsche, director of Government and Public Affairs, has announced. The grants, from Marathon Petroleum’s charitable foundation, have been awarded to multiple organizations that are aiding victims, her announcement […]

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DC Solar equipment restoring cell service to fire-devastated areas

DC Solar equipment restoring cell service to fire-devastated areas

| November 25, 2018 | 1 Comment

When people think of DC Solar products, they often think of entertainment – concerts, games or other big-venue events – where bright but temporary illumination is needed. And the company with connections to both Martinez and Benicia certainly does that. But it does far more, as first responders battling the Camp Fire in Butte County […]

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PG&E readies for Thanksgiving week storms

| November 25, 2018 | 0 Comments

More than 2,000 Personnel Continue to Support Camp Fire Response Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) is readying for the most rainfall since early April across Northern and Central California starting Wednesday and continuing through the Thanksgiving weekend. PG&E electric crews and vegetation contract crews are on alert for potential outages and will be ready […]

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White Pony Express sends meals, cash to Paradise fire victims

| November 25, 2018 | 0 Comments

White Pony Express, the nonprofit organization that collects fresh produce from supermarkets and delivers it to distributors of food to the hungry, has been helping victims of the Camp Fire that destroyed the city of Paradise in Butte County. Starting last week, White Pony Express, the Pleasant Hill organization that was named the 2018 California […]

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Key ingredients for flood preparation: Sandbags, plastic, and hundreds of boots on the ground

Key ingredients for flood preparation: Sandbags, plastic, and hundreds of boots on the ground

| November 7, 2018 | 0 Comments

After a summer of non-stop fires, the threat of heavy winter rain poses a risk to California communities. State agencies warn charred landscapes could leave neighborhoods vulnerable to heavy rains and mudslides. When and if those rains hit, the California Conservation Corps is prepared to be the state’s “boots on the ground” to respond to […]

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Letter to the Editor: Grass fires

Letter to the Editor: Grass fires

| July 29, 2018 | 0 Comments

Out along Alhambra Valley Road, on the west side just past John Swett school, there is a considerable build-up of wild dry grass. In years gone past this fire danger got remedied by cows grazing on the various ranches. That apparently is no longer permitted so we have a serious danger that needs to be […]

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Fire burns container boxes on Howe Road

| July 22, 2018 | 0 Comments

MARTINEZ, Calif. – A single-alarm fire burned several portable storage container boxes at a commercial industrial yard at 855 Howe Road early Wednesday, according to information provided by Contra Costa County Fire Protection District. Martinez Police helped evacuate residents, said Steve Hill, public information officer for the fire protection district. “We dispatched two truck companies […]

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Wildfire smoke affecting Bay Area

Wildfire smoke affecting Bay Area

| July 4, 2018 | 1 Comment

Bay Area Air Quality Management District has been issuing smoke advisories as well as wildfire safety tips because of wildfires in Lake, Napa and Yolo counties. Those fires have caused Martinez residents to worry about clouds of smoke as well as ash they see on their cars and property. Two fires were extinguished by Contra […]

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Combined forces battle Franklin Canyon fire

| May 20, 2018 | 0 Comments

The combined forces of a half a dozen fire departments fought a blaze in the 2400 block of Franklin Canyon Road south of California Highway 4 Wednesday night, according to Contra Costa County Fire Protection District. The fire was reported about 6:30 p.m. Wednesday in a storage lot that contained vehicles and boats, spokesperson Steve […]

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