I don’t know why the firefighters are not dancing a jig on TV when interviewed by the media about these brush fires that break out. These fires mean tens of thousands of dollars in overtime pay for most of them.
Most Americans have been “conditioned” by the unions and media to believe that firefighters are “heroes” and spend each and every day of their career saving lives and fighting fires.
I don’t know how it works around the rest of America, but here in California firefigters make a grip of money and a lot of them only work ten days a month. A lot of these same firefighters have so much free time on their hands that they run small businesses on the side.
I love writing and reporting on California firefighters and their amazing pay scale. If brings a ton of email and comments from their wives and kids defending their mom or dad and their “hero” status.
However, many of my best friends are firefighters. ALL of their wives are stay at home moms. ALL of these friends have businesses on the side. ALL of them have houses that are small mansions. ALL of them have every toy a man could possibly want. Boats, PWC’s, Harley’s and everything else.
Am I jealous. Not a bit. I am angry. Angry that California is a state RUN BY UNIONS. Angry that firemen and prison guards are paid 200K + a year. Angry that California’s public workforce now rivals its private workforce.
All I know is that business is leaving California and so are all the people with any kind of money in the bank. Our taxes are incredibly high and so is our unemployment.
It will all come crashing down soon enough. We are heading for bankruptcy. JD
A brush fire continued to burn out of control on Friday in the Angeles National Forest just north of Castaic, officials said.
Flames burn along Francisquito Canyon Road. (Brian van der Brug / Los Angeles Times /May 30, 2013)
The blaze, dubbed the Powerhouse Fire, has burned more than 1,000 acres with no containment, according to the U.S. Forest Service.
At least one structure, believed to be a utility building, has been destroyed.
New evacuations were ordered on Friday morning along San Francisquito Canyon Road south from Called Daggett.
Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputies went door-to-door around 5 a.m. alerting residents.
The fire broke out shortly before 4 p.m. on Thursday near a Los Angeles Department of Water and Power facility in Francisquito Canyon, near Drinkwater Reservoir.
A DWP power plant operator first noticed the fire and alerted the L.A. County Fire Department, DWP officials said.
The flames spread quickly, fueled by strong winds and warm temperatures.
Some 500 firefighters were working to build containment lines.
The winds had died down by Thursday night, but firefighters remained concerned about the heat, with temperatures in the 90s expected on Friday and Saturday.
Authorities were forced to evacuate hundreds of residents on Thursday as the fire burned close to homes and threatened high-voltage power lines.
Some 200 people were evacuated in the Green Valley area between San Francisquito Canyon Road and Bouquet Reservoir.
A Red Cross evacuation center was set up at Marie Kerr Park, located at 39700 30th St. West in Palmdale.
They were allowed to return to their homes as of 10 p.m. on Thursday, sheriff’s officials said.
San Francisquito Canyon Road remained under a hard closure. Bouquet Canyon Road and Elisabeth Lake Road were under soft closures and open to residents only.
The flames also burned next to electrical towers. Some of the lines supply Los Angeles, DWP officials said.
Power was re-routed away from the threatened lines and no outages were reported, according to the DWP. The agency was closely monitoring the situation.
Rescue helicopters on Thursday were searching for nine hikers believed to be in the area of the fire, according to the L.A. County Fire Department.
By 9 p.m., all of the hikers were accounted for and were not in danger, fire officials said.
No injuries to firefighters or civilians have been reported. The cause of the fire remained under investigation.