Corona Fire Update: Residents Thank the Firefighters | Corona, CA

ORIGINAL ARTICLE: pe.com

By BEATRIZ E. VALENZUELA | bvalenzuela@scng.com

PUBLISHED: September 27, 2017 at 6:30 am | UPDATED: September 28, 2017 at 7:08 am

As the Canyon fire came racing toward Corona homes Monday night, winds whipping up 50-foot towers of flames, ash and embers raining down on residential streets, the situation looked dire.

“I didn’t think I would see our home again,” said 88-year-old Carmen Sarmiento.

But thanks to the work of more than 1,900 firefighters from across the region, only three homes were damaged and none were destroyed, officials say.

An evacuation order covering about 600 threatened homes was lifted Wednesday morning and the Corona-Norco district announced in the afternoon that all schools will be in session Thursday. As residents began to return to the neighborhoods, waving to and even hugging firefighters, the overwhelming sentiment was gratitude.

“They are our angels,” said Sarmiento, who walked up San Ramon Drive with her son, Manuel Sarmiento, to thank the firefighters. “Our guardian angels.”

She hugged one of the firefighters who was standing on a sidewalk greeting the returning evacuees.

“They did so much,” Sarmiento said. “Angels.”

As of Wednesday evening, the fire remained at 2,000 acres, or just over 3 square miles, and was 35 percent contained, said Capt. Larry Kurtz with the Orange County Fire Authority. The size hasn’t grown since Monday night, while containment more than doubled from Tuesday night. He said firefighters had most of the northern edge of the fire contained and were now focusing on the southern edge, away from the freeway, where the flames pushed into the Cleveland National Forest.

“We’re building lines as we go,” he said.

Although the fire has not gotten any larger, Kurtz said they are not claiming full containment until a physical line – some sort of break that will keep the flames from spreading – has been built all around the fire. Kurtz said fire officials will still be patrolling the neighborhoods south of Green River Road/Foothill Parkway where evacuations had been in place, “Just to be on the safe side.”

When the evacuation was lifted about 10 a.m. Wednesday, a few residents came home to find damage, others saw the evidence of frighteningly close calls and still others were relieved to find their property unscathed.

Carson Richert was still in shock from his first brief visit home Tuesday, when he discovered a hole in his ceiling and insulation all over the floor. Fire officials say an ember likely entered his attic and started a fire. While the structural damage was daunting, none of his personal belongings were destroyed.

When Sandra Raynolds saw the fire cresting a hill Monday night, she grabbed her little dog, Chuy, her credit cards and her checkbook.

“It was so scary,” she said.

On Wednesday, she saw the flames had charred vegetation a few feet from her rear patio.

“It’s incredible what they did,” said of the firefighters who saved her neighborhood.

She and her sister, Maria Johnson, both gave hugs to Orange County Fire Authority Capt. Steve Concialdi. Johnson said she didn’t expect to see her home still standing.

“It’s an amazing job they did,” said Johnson, who moved in four years ago with her husband and her sister. Their San Ramon Drive house was recently remodeled.

“Thank you. Thank you for risking your lives. We’re very grateful for your work,” Johnson said.

A U.S. Forest Service map outlines where the Canyon fire has burned in the foothills of eastern Orange County and western Riverside County as of Wednesday, Sept. 27, 2017. The eastern edge of the fire got just over Coal Canyon Truck Trail; the western edge reached residential streets in Corona; the northern edge stayed below the 91 Freeway and the southern flank pushed into the Cleveland National Forest.

A U.S. Forest Service map outlines where the Canyon fire has burned in the foothills of eastern Orange County and western Riverside County as of Wednesday, Sept. 27, 2017. The eastern edge of the fire got just over Coal Canyon Truck Trail; the western edge reached residential streets in Corona; the northern edge stayed below the 91 Freeway and the southern flank pushed into the Cleveland National Forest.

The Canyon fire started Monday afternoon off the eastbound 91 Freeway near the Orange-Riverside county line, just within the eastern limit of Anaheim. The cause is still under investigation.

A communications site that’s part of Riverside County’s public safety radio network was damaged when a propane tank exploded at the Sierra Peak site, county Fire Chief John Hawkins told the Board of Supervisors on Tuesday.

At the fire’s most dangerous point, 1,900 structures were threatened, fire officials said. About 600 homes were evacuated Monday night as the fire, which had been burning for a few hours, suddenly tripled in size in just over an hour. Classes were canceled Tuesday and Wednesday at seven schools near where the fire was burning.

All evacuations were lifted Wednesday and all roads were open, but only residents with ID were being allowed to return.

With the evacuation over, all schools will reopen, but district officials said they will continue to monitor the air quality in case activities need to be modified.

The South Coast Air Quality Management District said the fire was producing less smoke Wednesday than before, but air quality could still be unhealthy in Orange County, Corona and Norco.

Before the evacuation order was lifted, some residents of the Dominguez Ranch neighborhood were anxious to return home.

“There is no more fire,” a rushed Nick Chavez said about 8 a.m. “(The roads) should be open now.”

He and his 7-year-old his grandson, also named Nick Chavez, evacuated Monday and walked home Tuesday night because, while people with ID were being allowed in, roads were closed during the evacuation.

Both then had to trek back down Wednesday morning to their car parked at a shopping center outside the evacuation zone.

Nick Chavez walked his grandson, also Nick Chavez, 7, from their Dominguez Ranch neighborhood to take the boy to school Wednesday.

Others expressed thanks to firefighters.

“To all the firefighters and all the first responders, we just want to say thank you,” said San Ponte Road resident Carlos Teves, whose family put up a sign in their yard to show their gratitude.

“It could have been a lot worse,” Teves said. “We just wanted to let you know our thoughts and prayers are with you for helping us out and saving our community.”

For more information about fire safety during fire season, call CJ Suppression at 888-821-2334 or visit the website at www.cjsuppression.com.

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Which Fire Extinguisher Is Best? | Corona, CA

fire extinguisher serviceWe all know that there are many steps we can take when it comes to fire safety. With the several benefits fire extinguishers provide us with, it’s quite surprising that we don’t appreciate them as much as we should. In fact, the only time we probably think about them is when a fire occurs. And when we really need them, they are nowhere to be found or are unable to perform.

Nowadays, fire extinguishers are the most common fire safety appliances, however they are mostly non-residential buildings. There are a number of different types of fire extinguishers that you should be aware of in case of emergency, such as:

Wet chemical extinguisher. Fires that are caused by oil are quite difficult to put out with water, as it floats above the layer. This is where wet chemical extinguishers come in.

Carbon dioxide extinguishers. This type of fire extinguisher deals with electrical fires that break out in specific areas.

Water fire extinguishers. This type of fire extinguisher is used to extinguish fires that are caused by flammable gases and liquids, as well as electric fires. This fire extinguisher is found in almost every building nowadays.

Foam extinguishers. This is the primarily used to tackle fires caused by flammable liquids and solids. This type of fire extinguisher is not suitable for electrical fires.

Now that you’ve be a little more informed about the different kinds of fire extinguishers, you’ll feel more at ease choosing the correct equipment if an emergency does arrive. Knowing the type of fire extinguisher could save your life.

 

Prevent Accidental Fires with Fire Sprinklers | Corona, CA

Accidental fires always have the potential to devastate and even end lives. Though, the risk is even more imminent with high-rise buildings. This is because fire fighters often have a hard time dealing with fires in such places. This is mostly because of how hard it is for them to reach the higher floors of such buildings.

It’s no secret that flames can grow and spread rather quickly. Though, when it comes to fires, it’s not the flames that you have to worry most about. Rather, you have to worry more about the rising temperature and the toxic gases that can kill you if you inhale enough of it. While most cities are equipped with competent and able firefighters and fire departments, it’s not like they can teleport directly onto the scene of the fire. It typically takes fire fighters around 10 minutes to arrive at the scene. By then, the fire may have already spread too much, damaging most of the establishment and leaving families displaced, or in worse cases, lives lost.

With fire sprinklers, however, such disasters can be prevented. Even if the fire sprinklers aren’t able to fully extinguish the fire, it can contain the flames enough to allow residents enough time to escape safely without inhaling much of the toxic gases. To put simply, fire sprinklers can prevent fires from becoming such huge disasters, all at the fraction of the cost of what it usually would to repair any damage resulting from accidental fires.

For more information about fire safety, call CJ Suppression at 888-821-2334 or visit the website at www.cjsuppression.com.

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Be Prepared like a Boy Scout | Corona, CA

fire extinguisher training

Between needing to have a fire exit strategy, practicing fire drills, and keeping all the fire suppression systems well-cared for, there is a lot of preparation that goes into fire safety, and it’s critical that you know the truth regarding fire safety. The following will dispel four common fire safety myths:

Myth #1: A smoke detector provides enough protection.

Fact: Having smoke alarms can be a vital part of fire safety, but they shouldn’t be your sole form of protection. In addition, smoke alarms may also fail to work in an emergency if the batteries haven’t been changed or charged in a while.

Myth #2: You can control and put out a small fire on your own.

Fact: Many damaging fires start with a small accident. No matter how big or small the flames are, be sure to follow any fire safety instructions you have set in your home or workplace.

Myth #3: Fire sprinklers systems will freeze during winter.

Fact: If you’re worried that your fire sprinkler system will freeze during colder weather, rest assured that proper procedures are put into place during a fire sprinkler installation process to keep it from freezing. No matter how cold it gets.

Myth #4: People always panic during a fire.

Fact: While it may seem natural to think people would freeze up and get flustered in the case of a fire, research has shown quite the opposite. You can make sure the people in your home or building known the fire safety plan by practicing drills and learning evacuation routes.

For more information about fire safety, call CJ Suppression at 888-821-2334 or visit the website at www.cjsuppression.com.

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Why Your Home Needs a Fire Extinguisher | Corona, CA

The importance of fire extinguishers in the home is underrated and undervalued. True, most commercial and industrial buildings are often required to have a certain number of fire extinguishers in its vicinities. However, as far as houses go, fire extinguishers are virtually non-existent. And this is not good news, especially when it comes to your family’s safety.

According to the National Fire Protection Association, the United States fire departments responded to as many as 1,451,500 fires. Yes, more than a million in a year. These fires also resulted in the deaths of more than 3,000 civilians, with more than 16,000 injured and an estimated damage of more than 15 million dollars.

It’s hard to say just how effective fire extinguishers are based on numbers alone. Even if there are statistics, they’re not always reliable, as not all fires are reported and counted. In fact, a lot of fires aren’t included in many statistical counts, but one could say that the reason for that is not incompetence. Rather, the reason could be that the fires were eliminated before they were even reported to the authorities.

Fact is, the only time you’d probably think of a fire extinguisher is when you need them in an actual fire emergency. Even worse is that the only time you’d heard about them is when they’re nowhere to be found. Keep yourself, your family and your house safe by staying prepared and keeping a functioning fire extinguisher inside your home at all times.

For more information about fire extinguishers, call CJ Suppression at 888-821-2334 or visit the website at www.cjsuppression.com.

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Breaking News: Perris Fire Status Report | Corona, CA

By GAIL WESSON | gwesson@scng.com and ALI TADAYON | atadayon@scng.com | The Press-Enterprise

PUBLISHED: July 13, 2017 at 3:49 pm | UPDATED: July 13, 2017 at 5:01 pm

A fire in a rural area of Perris has charred 5 to 10 acres and destroyed several outbuildings — but by 3:45 p.m. Thursday, July 13, the forward rate of spread had stopped, according to Cal Fire/Riverside County Fire Division Chief Geoff Pemberton.

The fire was reported at 2:14 p.m. Thursday near West Seventh Street and Park Avenue and is called the Navajo fire, according to a county fire news release. Navajo Road, a major street, intersects Highway 74 to the northwest.

Several structures that were presumed to be uninhabited — and were neither residential or commercial buildings — had burned in the fire, Pemberton said. No one was injured.

Pemberton said there were nearby homeless encampments, but he didn’t know if any was affected.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

The structures that burned were on private property, and the property owner was notified, Pemberton said. About 15 nearby homes were briefly evacuated and firefighters performed “structure defense” to protect them.

There are scattered homes on large lots and open fields on the west side of Park and Perris Elementary School, and housing tracts on the east side of Park.

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Summer is a very dangerous time of year, especially where we live. It is important to make sure you and yours are informed as to what to do in case a fire breaks out unexpectedly. Stay safe and enjoy these summer days!

For more information about summertime fire safety, call CJ Suppression at 888-821-2334 or visit the website at www.cjsuppression.com.

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Fire Season Is Upon Us | Corona, CA

By Joseph Serna Contact Reporter – LA Times

On Tuesday night, another blaze erupted east of San Bernardino and fewer than 30 miles north of the Manzanita fire.

Location

San Bernardino County

Acreage

670

Containment

60%

The Mart fire raced up a steep canyon in the San Bernardino Mountains around 3:15 p.m. Its flames came within feet of igniting a suburban hillside neighborhood and forced residents of roughly 200 homes to evacuate.

Firefighters managed to stop its advance with aircraft and ground crews and lifted evacuation orders a few hours later. Highway 330 was reopened Wednesday.

The fire started near a Wal-Mart at Highland Avenue and Highway 330, a popular thoroughfare that leads to Big Bear.

Reconnaissance flights caused authorities to reduce the estimated size of the blaze. The fire is 670 acres and 60% contained, the U.S. Forest Service said Thursday night.

About 125 firefighters were assigned to the blaze as of Thursday, and the cause is under investigation. A plane dropped fire retardant on the hillsides to battle the Mart fire near Highway 330 on June 27, 2017 in Highland, California.

Source: http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-ln-california-wildfires-latest-20170629-htmlstory.html

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Be Careful: It’s Fire Season | Corona, CA

A wildfire charred about 13 acres of grass Sunday in the hills west of Temescal Valley, south of Corona. The fire was reported around 6:30 p.m. on the 23200 block of Jameson Road, according to the Riverside County Fire Department. The fast-moving fire lit up so quickly firefighters didn’t have time to issue evacuation orders. Around 100 firefighters were on scene where a single road divides the flames from people living nearby.

“When I first came out and saw it, it was super windy. There were flames 150 feet in the air. It was insane,” resident Paul Gibbs said.

A wildfire was raging in the Inland Empire, threatening homes in the community of Temescal Valley. After making sure their pets were safe, Gibbs said he and the rest of his family worked to protect several homes in the neighborhood.

“Just running all over the place,” he said.

Aerial footage from NewsChopper 4 showed one resident dousing the flames with a garden hose.

The Jameson Fire was 40 percent contained as of midnight. Fire crews were cutting the brush and creating control lines around the fire’s perimeter and hosing down and extinguishing hot spots shortly before 11 p.m. Crews were expected to fight the fire throughout the night.

The Jameson fire was one of several blazes burning across the Inland Empire. The Opera fire and the Tower fire also charred several acres.

It’s important to be prepared during this time of year. Fire can start up and spread quickly. Make sure you are safe and aware of your surroundings.

Source: http://www.nbclosangeles.com/news/local/Riverside-County-Fire-Responding-to-Fire-in-Corona-420859303.html#ixzz4k60g8eCB

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Why It’s Important to Design Your Fire System | Corona, CA

When starting a new business, it’s important to prepare for the worst. Accidents happen, so staying prepared is necessary in order to continue to be successful. If you have a new business or are looking for a fire system, consider creating a personalized fire system, customized to your space’s needs.

Because not every business is the same, developing a fire system can ensure you are protecting your business, and everyone in it, is a smart choice. Through a series of comprehensive steps, you can create a system well suited for any environment. In this multi-step process, you can discover what exactly needs protection, and how much protection is needed. An experienced engineering department will then conduct detailed studies to determine the optimum approach to providing the correct system application that will cost-effectively meet your specific needs.

After the assessment, you will have several options with appropriate alternatives based on an assessment of the fire protection and life safety needs:

  • Fire sprinkler design drawings with as much detail required
  • Designs based around the latest NFPA codes. All schematic CAD drawings include underground fire supply, riser details with location within structure, main and branch line locations, and sprinkler head type and location.
  • Bi drawings include back up specifications, water analysis, and hydraulic calculations.
  • Fire sprinkler fabrication / installation / coordination drawings include all compliments listed above including computer generated shop drawings, hydraulic calculations and material submittals.
  • Fire Pump and/or Ground Storage Tank installation drawings with all associated piping and equipment.
  • Special hazard suppression system fabrication / installation drawings.

For more information about fire systems, call CJ Suppression at 888-821-2334 or visit the website at www.cjsuppression.com.

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Fire Sprinklers Save Lives | New Construction | Serving Chino, CA

new-construction-fire-sprinkler

 

A fire broke out at the Bacara Resort & Spa in Goleta, CA. The blaze started in the laundry room and was held at bay by the buildings fire sprinkler system. Thanks to the fire sprinklers fire fighters were able to quickly put the fire out.

When you think of fire suppression, the first thought generally lies in fire extinguishers. But when an extinguisher isn’t enough to contain the blaze, fire sprinkler systems help do the job. The water supply system consists of a variety of pipes used to distribute water to various areas of a building quickly. Sprinklers are then put in place and are used to extinguish the fire as soon as it is detected, making them ideal for large scale buildings as they await assistance from the local fire department.

Fire sprinkler systems have proven time and again to help save buildings and homes from fire. Not only do they protect your business investments, but they can also save you and your loved ones at home. It’s true. Fire sprinkler systems were originally intended to protect factories and larger buildings from fire damage, but in recent years, smaller versions have been developed for the residential side of the industry. They have now been recommended as part of the fire installation in all buildings and homes and especially in all new construction.

For more Call CJ Suppression today for a free estimate to have fire sprinklers installed by calling 888-821-2334. Visit the website at www.cjsuppression.com.

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