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Grass fire destroys 45 acres in Moraga
A three-alarm fire burned 45 acres of dense vegetation near Campolindo High School on July 2, forcing the temporary evacuation of 20 homes along Buckingham Drive in Moraga. According to Moraga-Orinda Fire District spokesman Dennis Rein, crews from MOFD, the Contra ...By Nick Marnell

Nearly 200 fire code violations uncovered at Lamorinda schools
During the most recent fire inspections of Lamorinda public and private schools, fire officials discovered dozens of code violations that ranged from undocumented fire alarm testing and blocked exits to faulty wiring and improper storage of hazardous materials.
By Nick Marnell

This happened in five seconds
Capt. David Woods dropped a lit sparkler to the ground during a June 19 Contra Costa County Fire Protection District training session and in five seconds, the vegetation was completely ablaze. The exercise occurred in a confined, regulated space, with dozens of ...By Nick Marnell

Time is running out to remove your problem vegetation
The Moraga-Orinda Fire District weed abatement deadline hits June 15, and the district plans to increase the number of property inspections the week following the compliance date.
"The ...
By Nick Marnell

MOFD Station 43 finally germinates
The contractor drilled and poured 36 reinforced concrete piers in May, each pier 20 feet deep and 2 feet wide. In this June photo, workers were placing reinforcing bars - rebar - along the foundation. Next up comes the pouring of the slab.

ConFire dodges bullet at Station 16 site
The Contra Costa County Fire Protection District avoided a major headache pertaining to Fire Station 16 construction when the city of Lafayette agreed to issue a permit for the district to remove two oak trees from the station site. Had the tree removal not been ...By Nick Marnell

MOFD firefighters save the life of a cyclist in Orinda
Saturday morning, April 21, a bicyclist alerted the crew at Moraga-Orinda Fire District Station 45 that a fellow cyclist was down on Camino Sobrante in Orinda. Before the call was even dispatched, firefighters arrived at the scene of a man who had suffered a cardiac ...By Nick Marnell

Chief praises firefighters for improved MOFD turnout times
Firefighters from the Moraga-Orinda Fire District contained a May 16 structure fire to the garage at 199 Corliss Drive in Moraga, with minimal fire, heat or smoke damage to living space in the home. No residents or firefighters were injured. Because of the extensive ...By Nick Marnell

Fire officials issue defensible space guidelines
According to the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, defensible space is the buffer you create between a building on your property and the grass, trees, shrubs or wildland areas that surround it. This space slows or stops the spread of wildfire and ...By Nick Marnell

Near-record attendance at MOFD Open House
From left, new probationary firefighter-paramedics Andy Kalenian, Ben Guthmiller, Thomas Schwedhelm and Mike Stiehr, were among the near-record 648 attendees at the Moraga-Orinda Fire District Open House May 2 in Orinda. Fire Chief Dave Winnacker welcomed the four as ...

Lafayette ambulance service unaffected by state bid-rigging allegations
Lafayette residents will notice no change in their emergency medical service as a result of allegations of anti-competitive practices made against Contra Costa County EMS by a state agency, according to Contra Costa County officials.
By Nick Marnell

Questions arise over MOFD financial strategy
The amount of money the Moraga-Orinda Fire ...By Nick Marnell

Democratic Party of Contra Costa County honors Local 1230 president
Vince Wells, president of Local 1230 of the firefighters union, received the inaugural Robert Reich Award from the Democratic Party of Contra Costa County at the 2018 Franklin D. and Eleanor Roosevelt President's Award Dinner April 21 in Concord.
By Nick Marnell

MOFD board splits over proposed Moraga stormwater fee measure
Despite pleas from Moraga stormwater fee ...By Nick Marnell

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