Fire and Burn Injury


Authorities discover another California fire death victim

by bil | November 6th, 2007

The wildfires that have ravaged California over the past weeks have claimed yet another victim. A man was recently found near Tecate Peak and is believed to be the eighth California fire death, although there have been seven additional California fire deaths that have been indirectly attributed to the blazes.

The fires destroyed more than 2,000 homes in an area ranging from northern Los Angeles to San Diego and caused many people to flee, fearing California burn injuries and personal injury.

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Firefighters all but concede defeat to raging California fires

by bil | November 2nd, 2007

The California fires that have been sweeping across the state may have firefighters defeated for the time being. The Santa Ana winds are currently fueling the fire and will continue to do so for the near future, and until the winds die down, the fires will continue to rage.

To date, roughly one million people have fled the affected areas, fearing California fire and burn injuries. The San Diego Fire Captain said, “If it’s this big and blowing with as much wind as it’s got, it’ll go all the way to the ocean before it stops” when referring to the California fires.

So far, there have been at least 45 people injured (many with serious California burn injuries), and several people have died.


Wildfires continue to cause California burn injuries and death

by bil | October 26th, 2007

The wildfires sweeping across the state continue to rage on, burning down houses and forest alike. The area burned by the fires is now twice the size of New York City, notes one news source. Hundreds of thousands of Californians have been affected thus far, and that statistic will only continue to rise.

The number of California burn injury victims is yet unknown, but at least 7 people have died in the California fires. Sgt. Mike Radovich of the San Diego Sheriff’s Department said, “I imagine we will be finding bodies into next year,” a grim estimation that will probably ring true in the next several months.

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California fire forces more to flee

by bil | October 23rd, 2007

At least 270,000 residents of California have been forced to flee from their homes, fearing severe California burn injuries. The fires have burned more than 700 homes and razed 384 square miles of Southern California.

We may only be seeing the beginning of the destruction of the fires; Tuesday’s forecast predicts even hotter temperatures and strong Santa Ana gusts of wind, which will only serve to exacerbate the spread of the blaze.

A California burn injury sustained in a wildfire can be life-threatening, as wildfires often start out as small blazes but then spread to into bigger ones that spread through the surrounding landscapes unpredictably and extremely quickly.

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2 California blazes force 2,000 to flee

by bil | September 19th, 2007

Two different wildfires have already burned 16,000 acres and forced 2,000 residents to flee their homes, fearing severe California burn injuries and worse. More than 1,000 firefighters are fighting the fires in Southern California and are doing their best to contain the further spread and potential harm that can be caused by these kinds of wildfires.

The governor declared a state of emergency in San Bernardino on Saturday because of the potential danger to California residents.

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3 Sought in Connection with Car Crash that Started Temecula Blaze

by bil | September 12th, 2007

Three teenagers allegedly stole a black 2006 Honda Accord, crashed it, and started a serious California fire on Tuesday. The California fire covered 430 acres and is only 50% contained. More than 700 firefighters have been attempting to put the fire out, but there may be strong winds later in the day that could cause the fire to spread more rapidly.

There have been no serious California burn injuries resulting from the car crash, and the three teens are still at large. One boy is believed to have suffered a serious back injury in the California car crash.

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Santa Barbara Firefighting Costs Top $54 Million

by bil | August 24th, 2007

The California fire, known as the Zaca Fire in Santa Barbara, has devoured almost 100,000 acres. The fire started when sparks from a ranch laborer’s grinder caught ablaze and rapidly spread to the surrounding forest.

The tremendous cost of fighting this California fire is the result of the heavy use of aircraft in combating the inferno. Thankfully, not a single California burn injury has been reported, but the man responsible for starting the fire may not feel the same, as he will be presented with the final bill (already up to $54 million) when the fire is finally put out.

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Palo Alto Fire Possibly Arson

by bil | July 2nd, 2007

While the cause of the fire that destroyed a commercial building in Palo Alto last Sunday hasn’t been released, it has been deemed as a possible arson by the local authorities. The fire caused an estimated $2 million to $3 million in damage. There were no California fire and burn injuries reported in association with this fire.

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Fireworks put California fire officials on alert

by bil | June 29th, 2007

Dry winter presents potential for Fourth of July catastrophe

As many look forward to the Fourth of July, the Oakland Tribune reports that after a dry winter California fire officials are on alert and are gearing up for what could be a dangerous holiday.

After one of the driest winters in more than 15 years, California police and firefighters have a special message for any amateur pyrotechnics this year: When it comes to light shows, leave it to the pros.

California severely limits which fireworks can be sold. Only those deemed “safe and sane” by the state fire marshal — such as spinners and smoke devices — are allowed. In the Bay Area, only a handful of cities, including San Bruno, Pacifica, Dublin, Newark, Union City, Gilroy and Watsonville, permit either the sale or use of the “safe and sane” variety.

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