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Firefighter injured battling fire at vacant Modesto business

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A firefighter was injured after responding to a commercial structure fire in Modesto Saturday night.

The Modesto Fire Department said the three-alarm blaze was near the intersection of Yosemite Boulevard and El Vista Avenue at a vacant business.

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These Modesto-area firefighters were in the right place when a jet crashed in Truckee

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Firefighters from a Stanislaus County strike team had left one massive wildfire and were headed to another Monday afternoon when they saw the fiery crash of a jet aircraft that smashed into trees as it was trying to land at the Truckee Tahoe Airport.

The five-engine strike team was on its way to Chico to join the firefighters at the Dixie Fire after spending a week helping fight the Tamarack Fire when the jet crashed about 1:20 p.m. The team was a mile or so away from when the jet crashed, said Tim Tietjen, the Modesto Fire Department’s division chief and the strike team leader.

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Coronavirus Cluster Infects 8 Turlock Firefighters

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TURLOCK (CBS13) — The Turlock Fire Department is battling a cluster of coronavirus infections.

Interim Fire Chief Gary Carlson says so far he’s received eight positive tests in his department out of only 42 firefighters on his staff. The cases are all from firefighters working out of station one and station three.

The department’s four stations will continue operating, staffing shifts with firefighter overtime.

“We do have protocols in place to keep the stations isolated with the exception of emergency calls. But we have a duty to the city to respond to all emergencies,” Chief Carlson said.

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Firefighter dies battling wildfire sparked by gender reveal

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SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. -- A firefighter died battling a wildfire in California that officials said was sparked by a device used to reveal a baby's gender.

The death happened Thursday in the San Bernardino National Forest as crews battled the El Dorado Fire, the U.S. Forest Service said in a statement.

The fire erupted earlier this month from a smoke-generating pyrotechnic device used by a couple to reveal their baby’s gender, the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, or Cal Fire, said.

The name of the firefighter was being withheld until family members are notified. The cause of the death was under investigation.

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Weather conditions could give break to crews at SCU Lightning Complex

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Unlike Sunday, More moderate weather conditions this afternoon – more humidity and cooler temperatures – could give those fighting the SCU Lightning Complex, which includes the Canyon Zone Fire in and around Stanislaus County’s Del Puerto Canyon, the break they need.

The fire grew overnight a little, to 347,196 acres, and CalFire was able to assess more of the damage as containment remained at 10%.

The agency announced Monday morning that 12 structures had been destroyed and 12 “minor structures” also were destroyed. More than 20,000 structures remained threatened.

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Large branch strikes Turlock firefighter on helmet. He’s back on duty quickly

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A firefighter returned to duty after a large branch struck his helmet Sunday afternoon, the Turlock Fire Department reported.

The unidentified firefighter was part of the response to a debris fire in a back yard on the 800 block of Fifth Street at about 4:50 p.m., a news release said.

The flames destroyed a metal shed and damaged an outbuilding but were kept from nearby homes, the department said. Turlock firefighters contained the blaze within about 15 minutes with help from the Modesto and Ceres departments.

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