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PALISADES FIRE (2021-05-14)

May 17, 2021, 10 am – Location is Palisades Court and Michael Lane, Topanga Canyon, Los Angeles, CA. This is a Los Angeles County Fire Department event.

Fire is active and no hikers or observers are permitted in the fire area.

No structures reported damaged at this time. Water dropping helicopters are working the fire, fixed wing aircraft must wait until the marine layer (clouds) lift to 4,000′ per LAC Fire.

Cause is suspicious. One individual was detained, questioned and arrested (adult male) by LAFD Arson Investigators.

Mandatory evacuation in effect; hard closure Topanga/Mulholland and Topanga/PCH. #palisadesfire #lafd @calfire

2021 CALIFORNIA FIRE SEASON

 

GOVERNOR NEWSOM EXPANDS DROUGHT EMERGENCY TO KLAMATH RIVER, SACRAMENTO-SAN JOAQUIN DELTA AND TULARE LAKE WATERSHED COUNTIES

May 12, 2021 – California Governor Gavin Newsom expanded his April 21 drought emergency proclamation to a total of 41 counties representing 30 percent of the state’s population.

Early warm temperatures and extremely dry soils are named the cause for less runoff from the Sierra-Cascade snowpack, resulting in “historic and unanticipated reductions in the amount of water flowing to major reservoirs, especially in Klamath River, Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta and Tulare Lake Watershed counties.

A copy of the press release is here.

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FEHA Complaints can Protect California Workers from Employment Discrimination


In California, workers are protected from discrimination by law. Some of the strongest employee protections are found in “FEHA,” the Fair Employment and Housing Act.

FEHA prohibits harassment and discrimination in employment because of race, color, religion, sex, gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, marital status, national origin, ancestry, mental and physical disability, medical condition, age, pregnancy, denial of medical and family care leave, or pregnancy disability leave (Government Code sections 12940,12945, 12945.2) and/or retaliation for protesting illegal discrimination related to one of these categories.

FEHA also prohibits retaliation for reporting patient abuse in tax supported institutions.
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ZOGG FIRE CAUSED BY PG&E ELECTRICAL LINES: CAL FIRE

Mar. 22, 2021 – Cal Fire investigators have determined last year’s Zogg Fire was caused by a pine tree contacting Pacific Gas & Electric Co. electrical distribution lines north of the community of Igo.

The Zogg Fire started on September 27, 2020 and burned a total of 56,338 acres, destroyed 204 structures and caused four deaths.

An investigative report on the fire has been forwarded to the Shasta County District Attorney’s Office.

CALIFORNIA FIRE WATCH

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May 4, 2021 – SOUTHERN FIRE UPDATE: Cal Fire still reporting 5184 acres burned. Now 55% contained as of 1:28 am. @CALFIRESANDIEGO #SouthernFire

May 3, 2021 – SOUTHERN FIRE UPDATE: 5,184 acres burned. 25% contained. (per Cal Fire) 500 residents evacuated from Butterfield Ranch Campground and 3 structures destroyed. (per Times of San Diego) @CALFIRESANDIEGO #SouthernFire

May 2, 2021 – SOUTHERN FIRE: This is a Cal Fire San Diego event. Date Started: 5/2/2021. Acres burned at this writing: 2,900, 0% contained. Location: 14000 Blk Great Southern Overland, Aqua Caliente in San Diego County.

FIRE FIGHTING AIRCRAFT AND AVIATION

Credit: Christian Murdock

April 27, 2021 – The Associated Press is reporting that the world’s largest firefighting airplane, a Boeing 747-400 Global SuperTanker, is being taken out of service as uneconomic. The SuperTanker has a 19,400-gallon capacity and is being taken out of service just as experts are predicting an especially nasty fire season in the West due to drought conditions. During the 2020 fire season, there were 58,950 wildfires that burned 15,816 acres, according to the National Interagency Fire Center in Idaho. In 2020, federal and state agencies dropped over 56 million gallons of fire retardant costing an average of $3.10 per gallon. Retardant is used primarily in the Western US and there is disagreement among experts as to its efficacy. The SuperTanker has been deployed primarily in California and Oregon.