25 hospitalized, 5 critical, after mass casualty event at Redlands wedding venue

REDLANDS — More than two dozen guests at a Redlands wedding venue were hospitalized after falling ill yesterday evening, Saturday, Sept. 8. Five of those sickened had injuries described as major and were listed in critical condition. The mass-casualty event, which triggered a HazMat and environmental health response, happened on the 31100 block of San Timoteo Canyon Road, between Redlands […]

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CHP investigating hit and run after car sparks Burney vegetation fire

BURNEY — Authorities are searching for a driver who may have left the scene of a vehicle accident that sparked a car fire earlier this evening, Friday, Sept. 7. The vehicle blaze quickly spread to nearby vegetation, according to a CHP incident log. The single vehicle accident happened in the area of Jack Rabbit Flat and SR-299. The highway, normally […]

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Unoccupied Burney home that burned last April burns again

BURNEY — Officials are investigating a suspicious residential structure fire that erupted yesterday at an abandoned Burney home less than half mile from Burney’s Fire Station 17. The home, at 36764 Woods Ave, near Oak St. and behind Pit River Mini Mart, previously caught fire and burned in mid-April. LEADING THE SCNS HEADLINES: Road rage may have led to Oak […]

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Officials at scene of fiery, solo-vehicle rollover near Big Valley Summit

BIG VALLEY SUMMIT — Emergency personnel are at the scene of a fiery, single-vehicle accident involving a pickup truck that overturned between McArthur and Nubieber earlier this evening. The crash happened on SR-299, near Big Valley Summit, according to a CHP incident log. CHP and other emergency personnel were dispatched to the scene at 7:14 p.m., after receiving reports of an […]

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6 injured, 2 airlifted, after Anza wreck involving car and UTV

ANZA — Six people were injured, including two victims who were airlifted, after an accident between a passenger vehicle and side-by-side, all terrain vehicle in Anza earlier today, Sept. 3. The accident happened in the area of Mitchell and Bahrman roads, about a mile west of Hamilton High School. LEADING THE RCNS HEADLINES: UPDATE: 1 of 4 missing, CA woman, […]

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Citing “extreme wildfire conditions,” SPI closes all public access to its CA forest lands

As California continues experiencing its worst fire season in ten years, with more than 820,000 acres already burned across the state as of Aug. 10, Sierra Pacific Industries recently announced they had closed all public access to its forestland holdings in California. SPI’s announcement was immediately met with both praise and frustration, with countless California residents voicing their opinions about […]

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OP/ED: Hemet FD survey reveals 90% of HFFA, Local 2342, firefighters distrust Chief Brown

Submitted by Jeffrey Monical November, 2017 survey indicated more than 90% of HFFA, local 2342, firefighters believe Chief Brown prioritizes his own career over Hemet’s emergency response needs. Hemet — Members of the Hemet City Firefighters Association, Local 2342, released the results of a membership survey that show firefighters are critical of Chief Scott Brown’s priorities as leader of the […]

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Malfunctioning AC unit causes fire scare at Murrieta school

Correction: An earlier version of this report listed this school as being in Winchester. It is actually in Murrieta. MURRIETA — A malfunctioning air conditioning unit caused a fire scare this morning after firefighters received reports of a possible structure fire at a Murrieta elementary school. The incident happened at Lisa J. Mails Elementary on the 35000 block of Briggs […]

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1/2 acre Burney fire quickly extinguished, transient reportedly detained and questioned

BURNEY — Firefighters managed to quickly knock down a small, half-acre, brush and tree fire that erupted earlier this afternoon on Burney’s west end, north of Highway 299. A man believed to be a transient was seen running from the area behind Las Colinas Mobile Estates, off Main St. in the area of Tamarack Ave., shortly after the fire broke […]

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UPDATED: FRM “Hat Fire” at 2,500 ac. with 15% containment, evacuations and 299 closure remain in effect

UPDATED: Aug. 10, 9 a.m. See originals story, updates, photos, and videos below. FALL RIVER MILLS — Cal Fire officials updated this morning that the Hat Fire burning in Fall River Mills had more than tripled in size overnight, growing from 800 acres shortly before 10 p.m., the 2,500 acres at 7:30 a.m. Firefighter’s efforts had managed to achieve 15% […]

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