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Fire Breaks Out At Home In Ceres

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CERES (CBS13) – Investigators are looking into the cause of a house fire in Stanislaus County.

The incident happened early Monday morning at 800 Pecos Avenue, located in a rural area within the town of Ceres. According to firefighters, the blaze was mainly in the back of the single-story home.

No injuries were reported.

The Stanislaus Fire Investigation Unit was at the scene of the fire.

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Turlock staff wants to request Modesto fire contract proposal. City Council OK needed

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Turlock city staff on Tuesday are scheduled to ask the City Council for permission to request a contract proposal for fire administration services from Modesto. Staff plan to compare the costs for Modesto to manage the Turlock Fire Department vs. the city maintaining its own fire administration, Interim Fire Chief Michael Botto wrote in a staff report.

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As Turlock Fire interim chief retires, is the city considering contract with Modesto?

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Turlock Interim Fire Chief Gary Carlson plans to retire next month and the city intends to replace him with the same administrator who oversaw Ceres contracting Modesto for fire services, the firefighters union said.

The hiring of Michael Botto will come after the City Council budgeted a feasibility study to examine the costs of Modesto running fire operations in Turlock, said Chad Hackett, the firefighters union president.

Turlock announced Carlson’s retirement in a press release Thursday, but Interim City Manager Sarah Eddy on Friday said the city has not made a final decision to fill the position. The feasibility study will determine if Turlock can provide the same or better fire services at a lower cost by sharing resources, Eddy said in an email.

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Fire reported at Vista apartments

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A candle ignited a fire at the Vista apartment complex at 900 W. Monte Vista Avenue on July 1.

The candle fire spread to the surrounding contents on the second-floor room and grew up the wall, said Turlock Fire Department spokesman Capt. Jason Bernard.

The fire department ordered the building evacuated until the fire was put out.

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Denair Fire rescues cat from house fire

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Three pets died in a house fire Monday evening in Denair, but firefighters were able to save the life of one cat.

The fire was reported at 4:59 p.m. Monday in the 4000 block of Katella Drive.

Firefighters from the Denair Fire Department arrived at the scene and found smoke and flames coming out of the home. Crews made an interior attack on the fire and were quickly able to contain the spread and keep the flames from burning more of the home.

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Fire destroys Denair appliance shop

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A fire broke out Wednesday evening at a Denair business, but a quick response kept the flames from spreading to other buildings.

The fire was reported around 7 p.m. Wednesday at A&R Appliance at 3748 N. Santa Fe Avenue. The business had already closed for the day. There were no injuries reported.

The first firefighters to arrive at the business found flames coming out of the roof. An aggressive attack was made and it quickly brought the fire under control and kept it from spreading to neighboring businesses.

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Possible Wildfire Outcomes Summer 2021

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Wildfires have become an expected hazard during the summers in California. Recent information from Government institutions divulge potential outcomes for the summer of 2021 wildfire season.

California is famous for its mountain ranges; people travel from all over the world to visit places like Yosemite. California locals enjoy day trips to small towns ranging all throughout the foothills and higher elevations. In the past five years, due to the brutal destruction caused by wildfires, these towns and natural wonders have been in grave danger. This has been true more so in recent years than ever recorded previously. The fire season brings anxiety to those who live in the mid- to -high elevation towns along the Sierra Nevada’s.

CSU English Major Alyssa Schaffer (senior) and her family live in a state of uncertainty during the summer months being residents of Angels Camp, “The fire season causes a great deal of anxiety for me and my family…I always have a ‘go bag’ packed with important documents, pictures, and a few pairs of clothes during peak fire season,” Schaffer adds, “We get such short notice when it comes to fires, so we are always planning for worst case scenarios.”

Last summer, when Californians sought refuge in the outdoors to escape the confinement of COVID, many much needed outdoor adventures had to be cancelled because of the fires. Turlock local Cody Malmberg, after being stuck inside for months had planned and looked forward to a trip to Kennedy Meadows in early August 2020, but was sorely disappointed when a few days before a fire started in the Stanislaus National Forest east of Pinecrest.

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Damage From Kitchen Fire Temporarily Closes Beloved Turlock Restaurant

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TURLOCK (CBS13) — A beloved Turlock restaurant was damaged in a kitchen fire over the weekend.

Turlock City Fire crews responded to Latif’s By Pedretti late Sunday afternoon for a reported fire and found smoke coming from the HVAC units and vents on the roof. Firefighters also saw smoke down the floor level of the two-story restaurant.

Firefighters quickly went on the offensive and several other agencies soon responded to help.

It appears the fire started on a commercial cooktop in the kitchen of the restaurant. Thankfully, the automatic fire extinguishing system in the hood had been set off, somewhat containing the fire.

Still, firefighters say appliances on the wall and ceiling area around the stove were damaged. Further, smoke permeated through much of the building – requiring the use of high-powered fans to get it out.

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‘If you think it’s bad now, just wait’: California faces new fire threats, further straining resources

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California has already endured its worst fire year in recorded history, but with more heat and wind in the forecast, officials say conditions could get even worse as the state enters the peak of its traditional burning season.

Another heat wave is bearing down on California — presenting an unwelcome double threat in a state where firefighting resources are already stretched thin. Conditions like those expected this weekend can make it harder to contain still-burning fires and easier for new ones to spark.

The heat will arrive at what’s already a dangerous time from a fire perspective. In recent years, some of California’s worst blazes have ignited in October, November and even December, when hot Santa Ana, sundowner and diablo winds bear down, fanning the flames.

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CAL FIRE California Statewide Fire Summary for Sunday Morning, September 20, 2020

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September 20, 2020 - Containment continues to increase thanks to the efforts of firefighters on 27 major wildfires in California, as well as one extended attack wildfire. With nearly 19,000 firefighters on the front lines, crews continue to gain ground on these fires, as well as responding to 25 initial attack wildfires across the State, all of which were contained quickly.

Since the beginning of the year, there have been over 7,900 wildfires that have burned over 3.5 million acres in California. Since August 15, when California’s fire activity elevated, there have been 26 fatalities and over 6,100 structures destroyed.

Breezy conditions in the Santa Barbara County, Los Angeles Mountains and Antelope Valley continue today, contributing to poor humidity recovery.  Warm conditions remain through most of California, and will continue into the week.  An upper ridge of high pressure is expected to bring warmer and dry conditions to Southern California with a chance of wind events starting mid-week.

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