Tag: 2003 Old Fire

Be Prepared As We Enter Height of Fire Season

Big Bear, CA, October 1, 2015 – Although fire season has become year round, the height of fire season in San Bernardino County is October and November when the Santa Ana winds blow. As fires burn across California and no end in sight of a four-year drought, now is the time to prepare for wildfire and a possible evacuation. In June of this year over 31,000 acres were scorched in the Barton Flats area during the Lake Fire. Almost one month to the day after that fire started, the Cajon Pass erupted as the North Fire destroyed 20 vehicles as it crossed the 15 freeway, sending people running for their lives. Already this year there have been over 1,100 wildfires in California, decimating almost 212,000 acres. Our region is prone to large wildfires, and with our drought conditions, the danger is even higher. In 2003 the Old Fire burned 91,000 acres and claimed six lives, and then there were the  Slide and Grass Valley fires of 2007. The San Bernardino County Fire Department has put together a Ready, Set, Go! Personal Wildfire Action Plan to give you the tips and tools to successfully prepare for a wildfire. It will give you guidance on retrofitting your home with fire-resistive features, and show you how to create the necessary defensible space around your home. This plan will help you prepare your home,...

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P-3 Aerial Firefighting Fleet To Be Revived

San Bernardino Mountains, CA, February 7, 2015 – Orion Aerial Firefighters is a company dedicated to return the P-3 Orion aircraft to aerial firefighting service. It is currently raising funds to bring these aircraft back to the fleet of air tankers. Dale Head, CEO of Orion Aerial Firefighters, says, “The US Forest service has a shortage of large air tankers, which dangerously reduces its firefighting capabilities. Pilots feel that the maneuverability and relatively short wingspan of the P-3 allows it to get to places other airtankers just cannot.” In 2011, after 20 years in service as the backbone of the US Forest Service’s large airtanker fleet for fighting wildland fires such as we’ve experienced here in the San Bernardino Mountains, the USFS cancelled the contract for six P-3 airtankers due to concern over maintenance practices by Aero Union, the owner of the P-3 fleet. Orion Aerial Firefighters has assembled a unique team of engineers, maintenance experts, and pilots who intend to return these aircraft to aerial firefighting. Their familiarity with these particular aircraft put Orion AFF in a unique position to return this P-3 fleet to service within a year of funding. If you would like to help return the fleet of P-3 Orion large airtankers as a critical component of the US Forest Service’s national firefighting fleet, got to...

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Prosecutors Seek Death Penalty For Old Fire Arsonist

San Bernardino, CA, August 21, 2012, noon – Prosecutors laid out the criminal history of Old Fire arsonist Rickie Lee Fowler on Monday, August 20, 2012 during the first day of the penalty phase in the trial, revealing details about the defendant’s past that they said make him deserving of the death penalty. The San Bernardino County Sun Newspaper says Fowler, who was convicted last week of multiple murder and arson charges, now faces the second leg of the trial, where the same jury will decide if he should die by lethal injection or serve a life sentence in state prison for his crimes. On Wednesday, August 15, 2012 Fowler, a 30-year-old San Bernardino man was found guilty of five counts of first-degree murder and two counts of arson in the October 2003 blaze that burned more than 91,000 acres and destroyed more than 1,000 structures after starting near Waterman Canyon. The Jury is expected to hear testimony through the end of the month. [audio:http://kbhr933.com/wp-content/uploads/SP31649.mp3|titles=Prosecution Seeks Death Penalty In Fowler Trial – Mike Evans Reporting]...

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Fowler Guilty Of Murder, Arson In 2003 Old Fire Trial

San Bernardino, CA, August 15,2012, 1:00pm – A jury has found Rickie Lee Fowler guilty of all first-degree murder and arson charges for lighting the 2003 Old Fire in Waterman Canyon, in the foothills above San Bernardino. The jury also found the special circumstances true, meaning the trial will now move into the penalty phase to determine if Fowler should receive the death penalty. A report in The San Bernardino Sun Newspaper says the verdicts were announced today, Wednesday, August 15,2012 in the courtroom of Judge Michael Smith in San Bernardino Superior Court. Rickie Lee Fowler, a 30 year-old from San Bernardino, ignited the 2003 Old Fire that burned more than 91,000 acres and destroyed more than 1,000 structures. The fire cost nearly $38 million. Fowler was charged with five counts of murder, two counts of arson and special circumstances, which allowed prosecutors to pursue the death penalty. Prosecutors say five residents in burn areas died from heart attacks caused by the stress of evacuation, and threats to homes and belongings. According to the San Bernardino Sun, after the verdicts were announced, the judge dismissed the jury from the courtroom. Attorneys now need to gather witnesses and prepare for the penalty phase of the trial, which is scheduled to start on Monday. [audio:http://kbhr933.com/wp-content/uploads/SP31642.mp3|titles=2003 Old Fire Arson Murder Trial – Mike Evans...

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