Wildfire Alerts

We had a near-miss last night when a brush fire started at about 7:00PM near the Murphy Ranch ruins in Rustic Canyon.  LAFD knocked the fire down after a three-hour fight using five helicopters and about 90 personnel.  There were about twenty LAFD vehicles staged near Casale/Capri.  The cause of the fire is under investigation.

There are a number of resources available that provide alerts and/or updates on wildfire (and other) threats in our vicinity.

Go to https://emergency.lacity.org/notifyla and sign up for an account on NotifyLA and Nixle.  These services provide comprehensive alerts and updates via text, phone, and email.

Following @NotifyLA on Twitter is essential.

Consider following @ReadyLA, @LAFD, @LAFDPrepared, @LACoFDPIO, @LACOFD, and @LAFDwest on Twitter.

Also useful on Twitter are @paliscanner and @TCEP90290.

For live updates – though it can be difficult to decipher – monitoring LAFD radio traffic using the Broadcastify website or app (https://www.broadcastify.com) can be quite interesting.  There are many feeds available, but “Los Angeles City Fire” is usually appropriate – last night it provided a blow-by-blow account of the firefight at Murphy Ranch.

For information on air quality, https://www.purpleair.com/map?opt=1/m/i/mAQI/a10/cC0#12/34.06243/-118.50198 will show local monitoring stations.

Finally, the Alert Wildfire website (http://www.alertwildfire.org/orangecoca/index.html) allows live viewing of cameras placed to monitor the LA, Orange, and Ventura county wildfire risk areas.

Categories: General

Have a pool? Worried about wildfires? Read on…

Many fire departments are recommending auxiliary pool pumps as a secondary means of fighting wildfires for homes near the wildland interface boundary (that would be all of us).

Here are some links to various companies supplying such systems:


Of course, there are many other sources. Search “home pool fire pump” for options.

Categories: General