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Firefighters’ Invention Saving Lives In Wildfires

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CALIFORNIA — One of the most enduring and frightening images of Northern California’s 2018 Carr Fire was a giant wildfire-fueled tornado, reportedly the first such phenomenon seen in the United States.

It was the most powerful tornado ever recorded in California — a monster EF-3, as measured by the National Weather Service. Less than 3 percent of tornados wield so much power, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

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Bay Area Firefighters Prepare for Fire Season

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It’s only the first week of May, but we are already seeing a red flag warning in parts of the Bay Area, where there is elevated fire danger.

Now, firefighters across the Bay Area are bracing for what could be a busy fire season.

When Christian Dowell moved to Orinda, he made plans with the potential for wildfires in mind.

“We need to go through the trees clean them all out them out,” he said. “Long before we moved here, we take out everything from the ground up. It’s a way just clear out all the dead brush and stuff.”

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Volunteer firefighter marks four decades of service

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Volunteer firefighter Doug W. Clark, a lieutenant in charge at Station 56 Mono Vista, just marked four decades of service with the Tuolumne County Fire Department, a stretch of time that began Jan. 12, 1981.

Anybody who does anything 40 years in a row gets a handle on their trade and becomes a leader and mentor to younger people following up behind them. Clark is unassuming and modest about his volunteer service, and he’s not about to give it up.

Clark has responded to nearly every major fire in Tuolumne County over the past 40 years, including the 1987 Stanislaus Complex, the 2004 Calaveras Complex, and the 2013 Rim Fire. He’s helped fight structure fires at the Soulsbyville Mill, Twain Harte Lodge, the Standard Post Office, the old Dodge Ridge Lodge, Sullivan Creek Restaurant, and hundreds of others.

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Local firefighters sent to help hospitals struggling with COVID-19 across the state

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FAIRFIELD, Calif. (KTXL) — California’s firefighters are used to answering the call to help fight wildfires at a moment’s notice.

Now, the state is turning to them again in the fight against the latest COVID-19 surge.

“We have been working since the 6th,” explained firefighter and paramedic Blake Dombrowski.

For the past week, Dombrowski and two of his colleagues from the Fairfield Fire Department have been helping out at Mission Community Hospital in Panorama City in Los Angeles.

Dombrowski said the COVID-19 surge in Los Angeles County is worse than he expected.

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How Cal Fire takes COVID-19 precautions during early fire season

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Fire season is off to a fast start in Northern California. Only two weeks into June, Cal Fire explained, it’s a bit early to see the kind of activity it has already dealt with.

“If the weather holds out and we keep having these hot, dry windy days… we could potentially have a very busy fire season,” said Amy Head, Battalion Chief/Spokeswoman for Cal Fire.

The quick-moving, strong wind-fanned Grant Fire in Sacramento County tore through dry grass on Friday, just a few days after firefighters battled the “Quail Fire” from the air and ground in Solano County.

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