Burn Area Rocky Fire and Jerusalem Fire

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Rocky Fire and Jerusalem Fire burn area

The landscape in the photo is where the ‪#‎RockyFire‬ and the ‪#‎JerusalemFire‬ have burned. So far together the fires have burned over 80,000 acres, and that estimate is rounded down. This is what the land looks like afterwards. In the future if an El Niño hits, this landscape will be dealing with extreme mudslides, and rock falls. The vegetation that has burned sometimes holds the land together, but when its burned its integrity is compromised thus causing slides when the heavy El Niño rains occur.


Bike vs Car Accident at Octavia and Market Streets in San Francisco

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On August 11th at approx. 9 a.m. a bicyclist and a car collided at Octavia and Market Streets in San Francisco. The bicyclist appeared to be seriously injured. The driver of the car appeared shaken. I did not see a helmet laying around the ground at the scene.

Bike vs Car Accident at Octavia and Market Streets in SF

No witnesses came forward, so the cause of the accident could not be determined. The bicyclist survived and did not suffer from life threatening injuries.

Accident scene

Bike involved in collision

Photographed Rocky Fire in Clearlake, CA

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Update: On August 14 2015 the Rocky Fire has been 100% contained.

On July 29th at approx. 3:30pm a fire was spotted near Clear Lake California. More photos here>>>>>Rocky Fire Clearlake, CA

The Rocky Fire has consumed at least 60,000 acres and as of 8/4 it is only 12% contained. The fire has used at least 26 aircraft, 301 Fire engines, 57 dozers, 40 water tenders, and over 3,000 firefighters. The longitude and latitude of the fire is -122.4762475/38.8863538
So far 24 residences, 26 outbuildings destroyed, and 3 structures damaged.

Updated stats: As of August 6 2015  69,600 acres have burned and the fire is not 40% contained.
43 residences, 53 outbuildings destroyed; 8 structures damaged.
Rocky Fire repopulation guidelines.

Counties effected are Lake, Yolo & Colusa Counties.

Facebook post: “If I had turnout’s(fire-proof clothes) I could have walked right into the fire. I mean literally, I could have walked up to the flames. But I can say this, lots of explosions and fuel. Not sure what the explosions were about, maybe propane tanks, but anyhow the explosions were throwing debris into the air and the stuff would fall in random spots. And flames were big, but not 100 footers, maybe 30-40 foot flames.”

Structure under threat

When I cover fires, one of the things I do is trying to connect with locals or people affected by the fires. And in doing-so, you learn what they need to know and I learn what I need to know, and I like to get insider info on alternative access points. Local’s expressed repeatedly they’d like to hear real time information on logistics about the fire. Their also mentioned repeatedly that mainstream media go in they only air the juicy footage, and they never really give logistics and real-time up dates on the ground. Residents and Fire official’s hold community meetings almost daily, but yet the residents are still thirsty for more information.
I took both my police scanners yesterday and they both became hovering points for the locals. Everyone wanted to hear what the firefighters were saying about the progress of the fire. That kind of info apparently is not being disseminated at the community meetings.
And I had 2 people follow me to locations outside the perimeter just to listen in on the scanner. Those police scanner mobile apps do not work.


Structure under threat

While everyone is sleeping there are homeowners fighting at night to keep the flames away from their houses. Firefighters are helping, but they will be up all night fighting back the flames.

IMG_2710-001 Fire retardant aka slurry

The orange/red stuff you see is known as fire-retardant. It is also called slurry, and it is dyed red to aid firefighters. The material is a powder and it is basically dye and fertilizer. The slurry does not evaporate and it clings to vegetation.

Citizen Journalism Posts for the weekend of June19-21st 2015

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On June 19-21st I covered these events.




Covered as a CJ; Direct Action Everywhere May Day of Action

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The animal rights activist group Direct Action Everywhere held their May Day of action in downtown San Francisco on Saturday May23rd. The activists traveled from cities in the US, Canada and even Denmark, to once again bring their “It’s Not Food It’s Violence” campaign to the streets of San Francisco.

Approximately 100 activists took their message to a Whole Foods Store in downtown SF, to a food court inside the Westfield shopping center, and to Union Square. This group is trying to create an environment where activists can say anything to protect the animals.

According to their website Direct Action Everywhere or DxE is a “grassroots network of animal rights activists working to challenge speciesism throughout society. We use creative protest to challenge the use of animals for food, clothing, experimentation, and entertainment.”
This group has grown and can be found in 70 cities in 17 different countries throughout the world.

Their current campaign, It’s Not Food, It’s Violence has garnered attention from mainstream media entities such as the New York Times, Mother Jones and CNN. They take their protest inside restaurants, supermarkets and on the streets.

I talked with someone from Denmark who worked in a small dairy farm, and she said the egg farms are akin to extermination camps, and their is nothing humane about their practices.

In 2014 the Federal Bureau of Investigation put animal abuse as a top tier felony because studies have shown that people who kill or hurt other people usually tortured or abused animals prior to their crimes.

The FBI released an official definition of animal cruelty which includes the following information:
“Intentionally, knowingly, or recklessly taking an action that mistreats or kills any animal without just cause, such as torturing, tormenting, mutilation, maiming, poisoning, or abandonment. Included are instances of duty to provide care, e.g., shelter, food, water, care if sick or injured; transporting or confining an animal in a manner likely to cause injury or death; causing an animal to fight with another; inflicting excessive or repeated unnecessary pain or suffering, e.g., uses objects to beat or injure an animal. This definition does not include proper maintenance of animals for show or sport; use of animals for food, lawful hunting, fishing or trapping.”

Link to Indybay.org site of story. >>>>Animal Rights Protest in SF<<<<

Fires and Protests

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Fire Displaces Mission District Residents

A four alarm fire at 22nd and Mission streets in San Francisco displaces over 50 residents, and claims one life. 20 businesses were also affected by this fire. The Red Cross and San Francisco Human Services are helping the displaced tenants. On Wednesday January 28th approximately 7pm a fire was reported at the building on the North West corner of 22nd and Mission streets in San Francisco. The fire went from a one alarm to a four alarm in less than a half hour. When firefighters arrived on scene they noticed people stuck on a fire escape on the Mission Street side and the 22nd street side. I have attached a photo of the fire escape on the Mission street side that is obstructed by a business below.
Those people were rescued by the fire department. When firefighters arrived they had discovered a person in respiratory failure on the 3rd floor. Firefighters took the person out of the building, but they could not be revived. Five people were injured, including a firefighter, with “mild to moderate injuries.”
Firefighters took an offensive position until the fire was out of control, they were then ordered out. After high pressure water streams were set-up firefighters drenched the building. The defensive battle took all night long, but most of the equipment had left the scene.
At a 9am press conference Fire Chief Joanne Hayes-White said the fire was not completely out. She did not have any estimates on how much water was used to put the fire out, but at 9am this morning there was 4 feet of water in the basement. During the press conference Chief Hayes-White said there were reports from the rescued tenants they did not hear any audible fire alarms, and there were no warnings. Tenants also said several fire escapes were obstructed, and they felt trapped.

There have been several other fires in the Mission neighborhood that have displaced residents, and businesses. The new multi-million dollar condo building called Vida is next door to the building, but it does not appear to have suffered any major damage. It is common knowledge that many residents in San Francisco are being displaced by landlords at alarming levels, while the so-called rich techies move in and pay higher rents.

The air was not monitored for pollutants, but I found it hard to deal with the acrid smoke.

Photos of the devastation can be found here>>>>>>Spot News Events

Abortion Wars on the Streets of SF

Pro-choicer’s confront and protest the presence of the pro-lifers on the streets of San Francisco.
The war over abortion once again hits the streets of San Francisco. Ever since 2005 the religious community has been holding an annual gathering called the Walk for Life. Their message has been the same for the last 10 years. Pro-lifers believe ““Women Deserve Better than Abortion”. Additionally they also believed holding those events in liberal San Francisco packed a bigger punch because people in San Francisco are more apt to “open to new behavior or opinions and willing to discard traditional values.” Meaning San Franciscans believe that NO laws nor religion should govern decisions about their bodies and their health and their welfare. But the pro-lifers come in buses from all over California, and other parts of the West to push their message, which is “Abortions should be banned by law.

Women seek abortions for their own reasons, and some are so desperate or unhealthy they will do what they will have to, to abort. Before abortion was legal some of the processes they used “back-alley”, “backstreet”, or “back-yard” abortion were dangerous and sometimes deadly for both fetus and mother. Unsafe abortions are believed to have caused “approximately 69,000 deaths and millions of injuries annually.” Which is why San Franciscans confront, scream-down, and protest their event. Only a small group of SF’ers, compared to the pro-lifers, get out and protest them, but they still do it every year.

Pics and video can be seen here>>>>>Abortion Wars

Vandals destroying wildlife habitats in Golden Gate Park

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Hacked by a vandal

Tree limb hacked by vandals

Wildlife habitat attracts tourists

Wildlife habitat attracts tourists, children and parents

A wildlife habitat is being vandalized in Golden Gate Park.

Hacked by a vandal

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