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OC Fire Fighters Use Irvine Regional Park and OC Zoo as Staging Areas to Battle Silverado Fire

OC Parks is reminding residents that Irvine Regional Park and the Orange County Zoo remain closed through midweek to serve as a base for firefighters battling the Silverado Fire. According to OC Parks, “[t]he fire camp is hosting about 1,000 firefighters from throughout the state and various jurisdictions. It’s like a small city with all [...]

Summer Safety Reminder from OCFA

A good reminder from OCFA this summer:

OCFA personnel have been very active this past week responding to 2660 calls. Firefighters responded to a number of working fires and more drowning calls over the busy weekend. With summer in full gear, OCFA wants to remind you to “Watch the Water” and keep a close eye [...]

Happy 4th of July!

First and foremost, we hope that everyone out there enjoys a safe and happy 4th of July holiday. God bless America!

We’ve already given you the details on fireworks shows in Ladera Ranch and San Juan Capistrano. There are plenty of other fireworks shows scheduled in South Orange County tonight. Courtesy of the Orange County [...]

Fire Safety is Everyone’s Responsibility

In the current hot and dry weather, we all have to participate in fire safety. Courtesy of our friends at the Reserve at Rancho Mission Viejo, below are two public service announcements about fire safety:

First, consider volunteering at the Reserve as a Fire Watch volunteer. If you are interested, visit the Reserve’s website here: [...]

Thank You to the Men and Women of the Orange County Fire Authority

A big thank you to the men and women of the Orange County Fire Authority who have been busy during this exceptionally dangerous fire season keeping the people and property of Orange County safe:

OCFA personnel have been very active this past week responding to 2762 calls. During the busy week, OCFA firefighters responded to [...]

Update on Yesterday’s Ladera Ranch House Fire

Did you see the fire on Sklar Street in Ladera Ranch yesterday? A brave, quick-thinking third grader who was home alone is credited with calling 911 so that fire fighters could put out the blaze without any injuries. According to this article:

A 10-year-old girl was reportedly home alone at the time. The little girl’s [...]

OCFA Will Hold a Public Open House on Saturday, October 5

The Orange County Fire Authority is holding an open house at Station 7 in San Juan Capistrano on Saturday, October 5, 2013:

The Orange County Fire Authority will be holding an open house for the public on October 5. Bring your family and friends to meet your local firefighters, try on firefighter turnouts, and discover [...]

Orange County Fire Authority Seeking Explorers

The Orange County Fire Authority is recruiting outstanding young men and women to join the OCFA Explorer program. Fire Explorers will study with real firefighters, learn to use actual equipment, and may be allowed to participate in training, simulations and (in some cases) actual calls for service. The OCFA Explorer program is also an excellent [...]