Tag: fires

The Hometown Herbalist: Herbal support during fire season

The Hometown Herbalist: Herbal support during fire season

| October 30, 2019 | 0 Comments

By ANNA MARIE BEAUCHEMIN Martinez News-Gazette Columnist In light of the smoke-filled skies we’ve been experiencing in many parts of California, I decided to put this month’s column out a few days early to offer some herbal info related to the fires. These past few weeks have been a challenge: refinery fires, wildfires, evacuations, power […]

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Brush fire causes evacuations near Forest Way and Alhambra Ave.

Brush fire causes evacuations near Forest Way and Alhambra Ave.

| October 27, 2019 | 0 Comments

MARTINEZ, Calif. – Evacuations were ordered in Martinez Sunday afternoon after a fast moving brush fire broke out around 4 p.m. The Contra Costa County Fire Protection District responded to the two-acre blaze in the vicinity of Alhambra Avenue near Forest Way, about a mile south of Highway 4. By the time the fire was […]

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County Fire Prevention District, CERT urge landowners to prepare for fire season

| May 12, 2019 | 0 Comments

An advisory published through the partnership of the Contra Costa County Fire Protection District and the Martinez Community Emergency Response Team have one fire season tip for acreage owners: “Prepare!” California has had two devastating fire seasons two years in a row, and 2019 also is expected to be dangerous. The 2017 fire season had […]

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Dodd introduces wildfire warning legislation

Dodd introduces wildfire warning legislation

| April 28, 2019 | 0 Comments

California Senator Bill Dodd, the Napa Democrat who represents Martinez, has introduced legislation that would establish the California Wildfire Warning Center (CWWC). This would be a statewide network of automated weather and environmental monitoring stations that would conduct fire-weather forecasting and threat assessment to help in wildfire prevention and response, Dodd announced. This past week, […]

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Sen. Dodd’s power line de-energization plan passes

| April 28, 2019 | 0 Comments

Wildfire-inspired legislation from Sen. Bill Dodd, D-Napa, that would help low-income people who rely on life support equipment to receive backup power during electric transmission line de-energization passed the Senate on a unanimous vote “It is likely with climate change and the establishment of policies to de-energize lines to prevent fires, the frequency of power […]

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Vehicle fire spreads to bridge tollbooth

| April 24, 2019 | 0 Comments

California Highway Patrol and other agencies responded about 12:44 p.m. Friday to a vehicle fire on the Benicia-Martinez Bridge at its toll booths. According to the Highway Patrol, a box truck attempted to go through the toll plaza, then burst into flames. The agency’s report said there didn’t appear to be any related crash. Instead, […]

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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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