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Wednesday, August 29, 2018   (0 Comments - view/add)
Proposed Conference Report No. 1 (08/28/2018) on Senate Bill 901 (Dodd) »
Click here to read the message from D-RiSC in support of Senate Bill 901
Tuesday, August 7, 2018
Ventura County Fire beefs up staff in response to critical fire weather »
VENTURA COUNTY, Calif. - Ventura County is now in the third heat wave of the summer season.  In response to hot, d...
Monday, August 6, 2018
Keeping regions safe: Pre-positioning of firefighters this week in Lake Tahoe »
For just the second time, fire crews from California communities came together and stationed themselves in a community oth...
Wednesday, August 1, 2018
California fires: Over 5 days, requests for 900 engines went unfilled »
The massive wildfires burning across California have highlighted long-standing strains on the state’s mutual-aid system, w...
Wednesday, August 1, 2018
California firefighters battle an enemy they can't beat »
LEWISTON, Calif. – As flames from the deadly Carr Fire light the midnight sky around him, firefighter Derek Longoria grate...
Monday, July 30, 2018
California wildfires stretch local resources thin »
"So right now with so many major fires throughout the state the number of people remaining is relatively low to actually s...
Monday, July 30, 2018
Local firefighters deployed across California as wildfires rage »
More than 100 firefighters from across the county have been deployed to four wildfires currently burning in the state, inc...
Monday, July 30, 2018
D-RiSC Op-ed: California wildfires go from bad to worse in 2018 »
We need go no further than the terrible and deadly blazes in Idyllwild, Yosemite and Redding to see that California’s 2018...
Tuesday, July 24, 2018
Governor Jerry Brown backs liability changes for California utilities »
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California Gov. Jerry Brown on Tuesday backed softening the standard that makes electric utiliti...
Tuesday, July 24, 2018
Residents and victims will come first in wildfire plan, not utilities »
We all agree something must be done to address the alarming rise in wildfires. That is why Gov. Jerry Brown and legislativ...
Tuesday, July 24, 2018
Santa Barbara County Fire Department increases staffing during Red Flag Warning »
SANTA BARBARA, Calif. - The Santa Barbara County Fire Department has increased its staffing level due to the Red Flag Warn...
Tuesday, July 24, 2018
Jerry Brown’s plan lowers PG&E’s liability for wildfire damages »
Gov. Jerry Brown released a proposal Tuesday to reduce PG&E’s legal responsibility for wildfire damages after months o...
Tuesday, July 24, 2018
Wildfire money burdens on PG&E, other utilities would ease under governor’s proposal »
Gov. Jerry Brown on Tuesday proposed a plan that could dramatically ease the potential wildfire-related financial burdens...
Tuesday, July 24, 2018
California's Brown Brings PG&E a Step Closer to Fire Law Changes »
California utility giants PG&E Corp. and Edison International are one step closer to changing a state law that has exp...
Monday, July 16, 2018
With State Budget Signed, D-RiSC Coalition Shifts to Implementation of Pre-Positioning »
On June 27, Governor Brown signed the final version of the 2018-19 State Budget ( Senate Bill 840 ). Included in the Bu...
Saturday, June 16, 2018
Chris Smith: Former Santa Rosa fire chief predicted a fire like the Tubbs »
My friend the mayor of Santa Rosa was scratching out a living as a freelance Press Democrat columnist in 2012 and was spar...
Saturday, June 16, 2018
Editorial: San Rafael fire reminds us to be prepared »
Flames bursting from San Rafael Hill last week offered a jolting reminder of the risk we face in California. The horrif...
Friday, June 15, 2018
State budget offers ‘unprecedented’ investment into fire recovery »
California lawmakers this week approved a nearly $200 billion budget that includes an “unprecedented” investment in recove...
Thursday, June 14, 2018
2018 fire season could be as bad as last year's, say California officials »
California fire officials made their annual prediction for this year’s fire season on Thursday. Their forecast: it could b...
Thursday, June 14, 2018
Fire officials to Southern California: Get ready for daily and ‘difficult’ wildfire calls »
Southland fire officials issued dire warnings Thursday about the upcoming fire season, saying they are preparing for daily...
Wednesday, June 13, 2018
McGuire calls new state budget ‘a really good one’ for Mendocino County »
During a quick call Wednesday while California legislators were preparing for today’s vote on the 2018-19 budget, state Se...
Saturday, June 9, 2018
Fire chiefs say the statewide dispatch system is too slow, needs upgrades »
As the Thomas Fire charged 14 miles in its first night, local officials hit the phones. Those in Ventura County Fire...
Saturday, June 9, 2018
Fire and Local Government Coalition Statement on Increased Mutual Aid Funding Approved by Budget Con »
Disaster Readiness for Safer Communities (D-RiSC), a statewide coalition of organizations representing California’s fire c...
Friday, May 25, 2018
State Senate Recommends $25 million for Disaster Pre-Positioning to Budget Conference Committee »
This week, the State Senate approved its version of the 2018-19 State Budget. The Senate’s proposal includes a $25 millio...
Friday, May 11, 2018
Fire Service and Local Government Coalition Issues Statement on Governor’s May Revise »
Disaster Readiness for Safer Communities (D-RiSC), a statewide coalition of organizations representing California’s fire c...
Thursday, May 10, 2018
Governor Brown Issues Executive Order to Protect Communities from Wildfire, Climate Impacts »
SACRAMENTO – In the face of the worst wildfires in California’s history, Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. today issued an exec...
Wednesday, May 9, 2018
FDAC Leaders Join in the D-RiSC Coalition Capitol Media Event »
Fire districts were well represented at today’s Disaster Readiness for Safer Communities (D-RiSC) press conference held at...
Saturday, May 5, 2018
Marin fire brass lobby for disaster funding »
Marin firefighters are joining Sen. Mike McGuire in Sacramento this week to lobby for more funding to expand the mutual ai...
Friday, May 4, 2018
Wealthy's use of private firefighters ignites debate in wildfire country »
As wildfires burn from Maine to Michigan, and California slowly recovers from last year's devastating — and costly — wildf...
Friday, May 4, 2018
California burning: life among the wildfires »
In 2017, the weather in California was the hottest in history. It was hotter than in 2016, which was also the hottest in h...
Friday, May 4, 2018
Big utilities are desperately trying to stick customers for the bills from California wildfires »
Does there exist anywhere a whinier, more petulant, more entitled gang of businesses than California's big utility compani...
Friday, May 4, 2018
D-RiSC Op-Ed: 15 Years Later, We Still Haven’t Applied Deadly Cedar Fire’s Lessons »
For state and local government officials, the devastating and deadly wildfires of 2017 are a wake-up call. The growing nat...
Thursday, May 3, 2018
PG&E profits down as utility confronts fire costs, disaster preparedness »
Pacific Gas & Electric Co. said Thursday it will pursue all legal and legislative avenues to find ways of defraying ri...
Thursday, May 3, 2018
Next wildfire is coming – we must get busy now or suffer »
It will come as no surprise to area residents, that California is experiencing a warm, dry winter. While the March rainfal...
Thursday, May 3, 2018
Union, lawyers spar over wildfire 'shadow lobbying' at California Capitol »
A high-stakes battle over wildfire liability is turning ugly between interests at the California Capitol.  The Int...

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