As a full-time firefighter, my passion for serving my community and helping others is an integral part of my life. This website is dedicated to my career in firefighting and the many challenges and rewards that come with it. But firefighting is not just a job to me, it's a way of life. When I'm not at the fire station, I love to explore the great outdoors through hiking, camping, and mountain biking. These hobbies help me stay physically and mentally fit, which is crucial in this demanding profession.
On this website, I will be sharing my experiences as a firefighter, as well as my love for the outdoors and the various DIY activities that keep me grounded. I hope that through my website, you will gain a better understanding of what it means to be a firefighter, and also discover some of the amazing sights and experiences that nature has to offer.

Thank you for visiting and I hope you enjoy your time here!


I plan to keep this site updated with relevant resources and topics relating to the fire service. These are sources that I have found essential and/or informative during my career.

Current Lightning Strikes

This map shows recent cloud-to-ground strikes within the past hour. White indicates within 15 min, fading eventually to red at 60 min.

Data is obtained from volunteer based data collection network Blitzortung.org. 

I help contribute to the network and you can view my lighting detector data on my Lightning page.

Current Watches/Warnings

Fire Outlook

Wildfire Intel - CA - Initial Attack


Thursday, April 4, 2024, 10:03 AM


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Sunday, December 10, 2023, 01:29 PM


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Saturday, December 9, 2023, 01:07 PM

Wilfire Intel - CA - Continuing

CA-STF-September Lightning Complex 2023

Saturday, September 9, 2023, 06:25 PM

CA-SRF-Smith River Complex

Tuesday, August 22, 2023, 11:02 AM

Smith River Complex

Sunday, August 20, 2023, 07:26 PM

CA-SRF-Lightning Complex

Sunday, August 20, 2023, 10:12 AM

CA-KNF-Happy Camp Complex 2023

Thursday, August 17, 2023, 04:11 PM


Thursday, July 27, 2023, 06:03 PM

Latest News

DailyDispatch - California

VIDEO: Tracy pallet yard fire forces school, road closures

Thursday, April 11, 2024, 03:00 AM

A multi-acre pallet yard fire with 20 to 50 foot flames near Tracy lit up the early morning sky on Thursday. Since about 2 a.m., fire crews with the South San Joaquin County Fire Authority and several other surrounding agencies have been responding to a fire located in a 6-acre pallet yard along Grant Line Road.
- PUB DATE: 4/11/2024 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KTXL-TV FOX 40 Sacramento

1 person found dead following fire in Los Angeles home

Wednesday, April 10, 2024, 11:56 PM

One person is dead following a fire at a home in Sun Valley, the Los Angeles County Fire Department said Wednesday. Firefighters received a call of a fire at 4:17 p.m. at a home on the 7500 block of Craner Avenue. There, about 30 firefighters responded to the scene and were able to extinguish the blaze in under 15 minutes.
- PUB DATE: 4/10/2024 8:56:00 PM - SOURCE: KNBC-TV NBC 4 Los Angeles

Owner claims arson after taco truck fire in downtown Los Angeles

Thursday, April 11, 2024, 03:00 AM

VIDEO: A taco truck in downtown Los Angeles was seriously damaged in a fire, and the owner suspects it was an act of arson. The incident happened around 11 p.m. Tuesday near Grand Avenue and Olympic Boulevard, according to the Los Angeles Police Department. Responding firefighters quickly extinguished the flames.
- PUB DATE: 4/11/2024 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KABC-TV ABC 7 Los Angeles

Cal Fire aims to inspect 10,000 Butte County properties for wildfire prevention in 2024

Thursday, April 11, 2024, 03:00 AM

VIDEO: Cal Fire is working to hold homeowners accountable when it comes to creating defensible space. Butte County Cal Fire Captain Jake Gilliam says they aim to inspect around 10,000 properties in Butte County within 2024. These defensible space inspections are official visits conducted by Butte County fire safety experts, intended to make sure your home and property comply with the required wildfire prevention measures.
- PUB DATE: 4/11/2024 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KRCR-TV ABC 7 Redding

VIDEO: Firefighters spot and tackle garage fire while responding to medical call in Bakersfield

Wednesday, April 10, 2024, 03:00 AM

PHOTOS: Fire crews spotted and tackled a garage fire while responding to a medical call in Bakersfield Tuesday afternoon. The Kern County Fire Department said on Tuesday, April 9, at around 2:30 p.m., while crews were heading to a medical call, they saw smoke in the area of Stockdale Highway and Jenkins Road.
- PUB DATE: 4/10/2024 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KBAK-TV CBS 29/KBFX-CD FOX 58 Bakersfield

Santa Clara County firefighters back plans to restore net neutrality following intentional throttling during wildfire

Wednesday, April 10, 2024, 03:00 AM

Six years ago, the Santa Clara County Fire Department was battling one of the largest wildfires ever to break out in California, the Mendocino Complex fire. With thousands of firefighters on the front line, county officials needed to coordinate fire suppression efforts at multiple points. But they ran into a major roadblock.
- PUB DATE: 4/10/2024 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Palo Alto Online

FireRescue1 - Top Articles

Mass. firefighters rescue 10-year-old boy stuck in chimney

Friday, April 12, 2024, 06:51 AM

Whitman firefighters faced an unusual call

Wildfire complexity prompts changes in firefighting leadership, workforce and recruitment

Friday, April 12, 2024, 06:45 AM

The U.S. Forest Service has created 44 leadership teams for large fires and hopes to hire over 11,000 firefighters

Lt. Zam goes to Emmitsburg: Insights from a National Fire Academy first-timer

Thursday, April 11, 2024, 01:57 PM

“Our goal is to make sure that when you leave, you are not just more knowledgeable, but also more inspired,” says NFA Superintendent Eriks Gabliks

N.Y. trooper relied on earlier firefighter training at blaze

Thursday, April 11, 2024, 01:33 PM

"I reverted back to my own training days" Trooper Martin T. Derkovitz said about his actions at a Lockport fire

2 Va. firefighters fired for delay of aid to shooting victim

Thursday, April 11, 2024, 01:02 PM

Two Newport News firefighters were terminated after an investigation found they ignored protocols

Nearly 500 first responders, road workers fatally stuck by distracted drivers since 2020

Thursday, April 11, 2024, 12:13 PM

Data shows Oregon has the highest rate of death per 100,000 people