October 24, 2016  Thirty-First Edition

13 KILLED IN TOUR BUS CRASH IN SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA
KCRA, 10/24/2016
 


A tour bus crashed into the back of a big rig on Interstate 10 north of Palm Springs just after 6 a.m. Sunday, killing 13 and injuring 31,  authorities told KNBC.
Authorities say a maintenance crew was working on a California highway and slowing down traffic when the tour bus plowed into the back of the big rig.

California Highway Patrol Border Division Chief Jim Abele says the cause of accident isn't clear, but that the bus carrying 44 passengers was going significantly faster than the truck when they crashed.

CHP officers had been slowing traffic to allow Southern California Edison workers to string wires across Interstate 10. Abele says the work had gone on for hours without problems.
The Riverside County Coroner's office confirmed 13 people aboard the bus were killed in the crash that shut down the entire westbound 10 freeway west of Indian Canyon Road.
A trauma surgeon says many of those most severely wounded in the crash suffered facial trauma but few broken bones, calling the injuries unusual for a high-speed vehicle wreck.

Dr. Ricard Townsend of Desert Regional Medical Center in Palm Springs told reporters Sunday that the bus struck the collapsible trailer of a big rig, sending many of the likely unrestrained passengers flying through the air. READ STORY


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LEADING THE WAY IN WILDLAND FIREFIGHTING RESEARCH
CSUSM NEWS CENTER, 10/18/2016


Matt Rahn's introduction to wildland firefighting research began over a cup of coffee about 10 years ago.

Little did he know that a simple request for help from a colleague would turn into a lifelong passion.

"As I started digging into it, I realized there are lifetimes of careers available for this research," said Rahn, research faculty and director of the Environmental Leadership Institute for Cal State San Marcos' Temecula campus. "I'm always encouraging other people and agencies to get involved because there's so much that needs to be done to move this forward."
Persistent problems with urban structure fires in the early 1970s led the federal government to commission a report called "America Burning" to evaluate fire loss in the United States and make recommendations to reduce loss and increase safety.  READ FULL STORY  

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FIRE SEASON INCREASING
DAILY PRESS, 10/23/2016

After a week of high temperatures and gusty Santa Ana winds, the National Weather Service predicts cooler temperatures heading into the week and a slight chance of showers Monday.

However, fire officials don't believe any traces of rain could do much to put an end to the so-called extended fire season.

Cal Fire spokeswoman Lynne Tolmachoff said over the past 20 years the length of wildfire season has increased due to climate change. Over the past five years, California has been in a drought that has "rapidly" increased the length of fire season.  READ FULL STORY



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