CAL FIRE MUSEUM

CAL FIRE MUSEUM aka Historical Society and Museum for the CA Dept of Forestry and Fire Protection (CalFire)
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10/08/2023

Always remember...58 years ago today

October 6. 1965

Wanda Woods, 52 years of age

California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (now CAL FIRE)

Wanda Woods was a lookout on Copernicus Peak on the Santa Clara Ranger Unit in California. "Rangers at the Smith Creek Ranger Station, more than seven miles away on a winding, twisting road, said Mrs. Woods called about 7 p.m. to say that she was experiencing chest pains and would radio back if they got worse.

At 9:35 p.m. Ranger James Felkey at Smith Creek Station tried to call her and got no answer so he sent Don Miller, senior telescope engineer at Lick Observatory on Mt. Hamilton, to check.

Miller reported he saw Mrs. Woods through the lookout station's large windows, laying on her back on the bed. He knocked on the windowpane but got no answer.'
Wanda, who was a widow, died from a heart attack.

Please keep Wanda in your thoughts and prayers today.
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Sources: Always Remember! https://wlfalwaysremember.net/1065/10/06/wanda-woods/
and
Libby Groom, retired CAL FIRE Fire Captain - Thanks Libby!
and photo from Oakland Tribune, August 23, 1959.

In the Summer of 2000, CDF (not yet known as CalFire) published their quarterly internal newsletter with a blue cover......
10/04/2023

In the Summer of 2000, CDF (not yet known as CalFire) published their quarterly internal newsletter with a blue cover... Who remembers the significance of that?

09/14/2023
A blast from the past... with an incomplete photo caption. Can you help fill in the blanks? From Monterey County 1932. R...
09/09/2023

A blast from the past... with an incomplete photo caption. Can you help fill in the blanks? From Monterey County 1932. Ranger F. H. Raymond went on to become State Forester, the equivalent of todays Department Director.

07/30/2023

A message from Board member and Acting Museum Manager, Jan Newman...
Last Thursday when I got home from relocating one of the museums old engines I was was shocked and saddened to see a long time friend and colleague Steve Huntington had passed away. As many of you know Steve was an avid collector of CDF history and artifacts as well as a long time director on the CDF/Cal Fire Museum Board. Steve was an integral part of the museum and will be missed not only for his knowledge of CDF history but for his ever willingness to help. Rest In Peace my friend and I’ll see you in the big Fire Camp in the Heavens.

Have you seen these badges before??- Forestry "Foremans badge" or the Walking bear badge, Issued from the mid-1940s into...
07/20/2023

Have you seen these badges before??
- Forestry "Foremans badge" or the Walking bear badge, Issued from the mid-1940s into the 1970s to personnel working in the equivalent of a Fire Captains rank. It was replaced by the larger modern shield style. This badge was worn in the San Bernardino Unit by Bill Duncan and handed down to Gary Simpson.
- State Fire Fighter badge, issued to Division of Forestry employees under the Department of Natural Resources from the mid 1940s - 1961. This badge was donated by Prevention Officer E. R. "Sam" Garza.
- Rangers badge, Department of Natural Resources. Issued to Foresters and Rangers from the mid 1940s. Replaced by similar styled badge with Department of Conservation lettering.
- Fire Wardens badge, issued from about 1948 - 1965 to people appointed by the State with peace officer powers to enforce fire laws and compel citizens into firefighting duty when needed. This badge was worn by William Yardley.

07/06/2023

Guess the year:
"On April 20, ???? ..., a meeting was held to explore the interest and needs of various governmental agencies with respect to establishing a network of automatic weather stations across the State. The US Government was represented by people from the various federal offices; ie, Weather Bureau, Bureau of Reclamation, Federal Government Sales, Pacific Southwest Forest and Range Experiment Station and the US Forest Service. For the State of California, representatives were present from the Department of Water Resources, California Disaster Office, Division of Communications, the Budget Division of the Department of Finance, California Highway Patrol, Division of Highways, the Legislative Analyst's Office and the Division of Forestry. Industry representatives were from Advanced Instruments Corporation and Motorola. A working model of an automatically observing and transmitting station was demonstrated by Advanced Instruments Corporation and Motorola Company showed a model of a telemetering system which could be adapted to weather needs.
The main point of discussion was to determine what information could be obtained from a network of stations all reporting into central points and which agencies would be interested in participating in such a system. In general, such a system could provide weather elements for summer use of the Division of Forestry and rainfall quantities and intensities for winter use of the agencies concerned with flood operations and water supply predictions.
The individual stations embody a low power requirement allowing them to operate for extended periods of time on a dry cell battery. This would allow remoting of the station to the best possible locations. It appeared that the best means of obtaining information from the stations would be by querying the unit rather than attempting to have each one timed and send data according to its own clock. The output of weather data could be delivered in several forms through radio or wire link to a teletype printer or can be automatically coded for direct entry onto punch cards or computer tape."
(Excerpted from an old CDF semi-monthly Newsletter being prepped for digitization)

One of the objects in our collection gets the common questions: "Did they actually use those old metal tanks? Weren't th...
06/25/2023

One of the objects in our collection gets the common questions: "Did they actually use those old metal tanks? Weren't they uncomfortable?" ... Yep.

October 1960. Carmel Hill Forest Fire station. That's the kind of fire prevention message every body should have on thei...
06/23/2023

October 1960. Carmel Hill Forest Fire station. That's the kind of fire prevention message every body should have on their garage!

08/20/2022
1972 CDF Model 5 4X4 Classic Wildland Firefighting EngineProbation Level 1 Bidding. This Seller has instituted a Bidder ...
09/16/2019

1972 CDF Model 5 4X4 Classic Wildland Firefighting Engine
Probation Level 1 Bidding. This Seller has instituted a Bidder Probation Restriction on this auction. To have this restriction removed, a $1,000 refundable deposit in the form of a Certified Cashier's Check or U.S. Postal Money Order must be mailed to GovDeals, Inc., 100 Capitol Commerce Boulevard, Suite 110, Montgomery, AL 36117.
www.govdeals.com

GovDeals is the place to bid on government surplus and unclaimed property including heavy equipment, cars, trucks, buses, airplanes, and so much more.

05/06/2019

Check out our gallery @: cdfhistory.smugmug.com

02/05/2019

Reminder the new Cal FIRE Museum web site is: CalFIREHistory.com

08/24/2018
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The web page for the museum is not working we are trying to get it back up but no luck yet.... when we get it working again I let you know ....... Jerry

08/23/2018

The web page for the museum is not working we are trying to get it back up but no luck yet.... when we get it working again I let you know ....... Jerry

03/24/2018

CAL FIRE MUSEUM

02/17/2017

The Museum will be closed Saturday, February 18th due to the weather. We hope you will visit us another day. Remember you can always call and schedule groups and personal visits on other days besides Saturdays. Thank you.

02/13/2017

As many of you may have heard, Jerry has been ill off and on these past few months. He is out of the hospital now and recovering at home. He has been worried the quarterly news letter has not been sent out to people and a few other things have fallen behind at the Museum. Taking things slower now he will be seeking more volunteers to take over many of the duties he has been doing. If you find you can assist him and help at the Museum in a few weeks, please call the Museum and leave a message or talk to one of the Board members. We have many projects that can be done from home. Thank you.

09/24/2016

If you're a golfer and interested in supporting a great organization, join us on October 8th for our Second Annual Golf Tournament. All proceeds go to the maintenance and growth of the California Wildland Firefighter Memorial, Inc.

www.cwfm.info

08/26/2016

Someone was asking for and old six Districts Map .... here's one out the 1964 Fire Control Manual

08/16/2016
Chris

Chris

Please pray for my Dad, George Pond. Sadly he had a bad fall at home not too long ago and was hospitalized. While being treated for his physical injuries, it was determined my Dad is suffering from the effects of dementia.
My sister Carmen and i are doing the best we can during this difficult situation. As some of you know, my Dad is a retired Battalion Chief from CAL FIRE San Bernardino Unit and was one of the original founding directors of the museum. He worked all over the state during his career and had dedicated his entire adult life to fire-fighting.
My Dad has good days and bad days. Carmen and I have gotten a few calls from concerned friends. Just know we are very involved in his care and have his best interests at heart. He is being taken very good care of.
If you would like to talk please contact me via Facebook messenger if you like and my contact information is also provided below. Thank you and God Bless.
Chris Pond
7840 Hickory Meadow Rd.
Millington, TN 38053
[email protected]
(901) 262-5634

07/29/2016

Two new items in the gift Shop.... the Patch $5.00 plus s&h..... the Cap $20.00 plus s&h

07/14/2016

Come join us this Saturday, July 16, 2016 at the Avenue A Fire Station in Yucaipa. STEVE MAURER will be signing his book starting at 11 am - 3 pm. CAL FIRE, San Bernardino, Inyo, and Mono Counties book is available for $23.80

07/05/2016
CAL FIRE MUSEUM

CAL FIRE MUSEUM

Subject: Fw: UPDATED-LNU Employees Relief Fund- PLEASE DISTRIBUTE

Don't know if any of you folks got this I do not recognize any of the names except Kenny Leuzinger. So sad.............Ed

I’m sure someone already has, but could you spread out through any mailing lists you may have?....this is too horrible to believe…L



Importance: High

LNU,

As many of you have heard a number of our employees have lost their homes and all of their belongings in the Valley and Butte Fires. At this point here is what we know:

· Battalion Chief Paul Duncan and Communications Operator Courtney Duncan lost their home in Hidden Valley
· Fire Captain Justin Galvan lost his home in Middletown
· FF Matt Maxwell lost his home in Middletown
· FF Dave Watkins lost his home in Hidden Valley
· FF Robert Hamblin-Taylor lost his home on Cobb
· FF Kyle Catto lost his home in Mokelumne Hill to the Butte Fire
· FAE Steve Cherry lost his home in Middletown
· Retired HFEO Ken Leuzinger lost his home in Middletown

We have worked with the Forestry Crabfeed to set up a fund to help all of these employees. For those wishing to donate you can mail checks to the following-

Forestry Crabfeed FF Relief Fund
2210 West College Ave
Santa Rosa, Ca 95401
Attn: Olga Leitch

100% of the money collected will be given directly to the employees. In addition the Forestry Crabfeed, which was established as a benevolent fund to assist the employees in the Sonoma Lake Napa Unit, is a non-profit 501c3 so your donation is tax deductible, tax payer ID 45-3748304.

We will be working to find other means of collecting money and physical items and donations for our employees and hope to have information out about that as we can put that together. We recognize that there are easier means with online fundraising sites like Go Fund Me but those companies take a chunk of the money donated (like 8%) and utilizing the Forestry Crabfeed provides 100% of the money directly to the employees and provides the person donating a tax deduction.

If you have other ideas about how we can provide financial support to all of these employees please do not hesitate to give me a call.

Please distribute as you see fit.

Gaby

Gabrielle Avina
CAL FIRE
Sonoma Lake Napa Unit
Deputy Chief
(707) 486-3553

04/21/2016

Renee

12/29/2015

This years Candlelight Service will be held January 7, 2016....at the Azure Hills SDA Church, 22633 Barton Road, Grand Terrance, at 7 pm
Sponsored by the California Fire Chaplains Assoc & the California Wildland Firefighter Memorial, Inc.

10/23/2015

Would like to communicate with anyone who worked at the Oak Glen Job Corps Center ... have quests about a corpmans death and need some helpp remembering ... Jerry

09/27/2015

Scott & Laura Thompson serving Hot Dogs at the half way point .... get Golf Tournament for CWFM

09/16/2015

Subject: Fw: UPDATED-LNU Employees Relief Fund- PLEASE DISTRIBUTE

Don't know if any of you folks got this I do not recognize any of the names except Kenny Leuzinger. So sad.............Ed

I’m sure someone already has, but could you spread out through any mailing lists you may have?....this is too horrible to believe…L



Importance: High

LNU,

As many of you have heard a number of our employees have lost their homes and all of their belongings in the Valley and Butte Fires. At this point here is what we know:

· Battalion Chief Paul Duncan and Communications Operator Courtney Duncan lost their home in Hidden Valley
· Fire Captain Justin Galvan lost his home in Middletown
· FF Matt Maxwell lost his home in Middletown
· FF Dave Watkins lost his home in Hidden Valley
· FF Robert Hamblin-Taylor lost his home on Cobb
· FF Kyle Catto lost his home in Mokelumne Hill to the Butte Fire
· FAE Steve Cherry lost his home in Middletown
· Retired HFEO Ken Leuzinger lost his home in Middletown

We have worked with the Forestry Crabfeed to set up a fund to help all of these employees. For those wishing to donate you can mail checks to the following-

Forestry Crabfeed FF Relief Fund
2210 West College Ave
Santa Rosa, Ca 95401
Attn: Olga Leitch

100% of the money collected will be given directly to the employees. In addition the Forestry Crabfeed, which was established as a benevolent fund to assist the employees in the Sonoma Lake Napa Unit, is a non-profit 501c3 so your donation is tax deductible, tax payer ID 45-3748304.

We will be working to find other means of collecting money and physical items and donations for our employees and hope to have information out about that as we can put that together. We recognize that there are easier means with online fundraising sites like Go Fund Me but those companies take a chunk of the money donated (like 8%) and utilizing the Forestry Crabfeed provides 100% of the money directly to the employees and provides the person donating a tax deduction.

If you have other ideas about how we can provide financial support to all of these employees please do not hesitate to give me a call.

Please distribute as you see fit.

Gaby

Gabrielle Avina
CAL FIRE
Sonoma Lake Napa Unit
Deputy Chief
(707) 486-3553

09/13/2015

Lake County News
12 hrs · Edited ·
Update on the firefighters injured earlier: Cal Fire is reporting that all four suffered second degree burns and are in stable condition at UC Davis Medical Center. Let's all send them prayers for a speedy and full recovery.

08/26/2015

Golf Tournament is coming up Sept 26th

08/23/2015

This afternoon, 10 CAL FIRE engines from the Amador-El Dorado and Nevada-Yuba-Placer Units and extra company officers from the Shasta-Trinity Unit, along with 10 OES engines from Regions 2 and 4, departed California to assist the State of Washington with the unprecedented fire activity they are experiencing. Their initial assignment is to the Okanogan Complex near Omak, north of Wenatchee. This complex of fires is currently over 227,000 acres and experiencing long range spotting in timber.

I am very pleased to be able to share this much needed assistance during their critical time of need. The State of Washington, as well as many other fire departments throughout the Pacific Northwest, came to California's aid during our fire siege in 2008 when we experienced over 2000 simultaneous lightning fires. The delivery of fire and emergency services, especially during times of disaster, is built upon providing mutual assistance and it is now our opportunity to pay them back.

As we all know, California continues to face critically dry fuel conditions and has been experiencing the same extreme fire behavior currently being witnessed throughout the Pacific Northwest. We will continue our aggressive initial attack on all fires while at the same time keeping safety in the forefront of our thoughts. We still have a long fire season to go.

I am extremely proud of all of you.

Chief Ken Pimlott
CAL FIRE Director

08/19/2015
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In Memory of
Bruce S. Herold
August 19, 1954 - August 13, 2015
Obituary

Bruce S. Herold, 60, passed away on Thursday, August 13, 2015 in Banning, California due to complications from colon cancer. He was born August 19, 1954 in Riverside, California and he has resided in Cabazon for the past 31 years. Bruce was honorably discharged from the United States Army in 1979 where he was a Ham Radio Operator for 5 years. For 20 years after his military service, Bruce was a Firefighter and Captain while he resided in Riverside County. After his retirement in 1992 he went on to worked with Silent Valley Rangers and Rezek Fire Camp Services. He was always a proud member of his local organizations like that of the California State Firefighters Association (CSFA); San Gorgonio Pass Amateur Radio Club (SPARC); Radio Amateur Civil Emergency Service (RACES); and the American Radio Relay League (ARRL).
Bruce is survived by his wife of 23 years, Pamela Herold; daughter, Rhenee Mejia & husband Chad of Wrightwood, CA; sisters, Karen Chrissie of Lake Forest, CA and Michele Moss & husband Steve of Claremont, CA; 2 nephews, one niece and 1 grand-nephew.
A memorial service is scheduled for Sunday, August 23, 2015 at 1:00 pm at Weaver Mortuary, 1177 Beaumont Avenue, Beaumont, CA 92223.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions to the Cancer Research Institute at www.cancerresearch.org 1-800-992-2623 - OR - to Army Emergency Relief at aerhq.org 1-866-878-6378.

The Cancer Research Institute (CRI) is the world's only nonprofit leader dedicated exclusively to advancing immunology and immunotherapy to conquer all cancers.

08/01/2015
US Forest Service

I am saddened to announce to you the loss of Dave Ruhl. Dave was on detail to the Modoc National Forest from the Mystic Ranger District on the Black Hills National Forest in South Dakota. Yesterday, July 30, while Dave was responding to the Frog Fire outside of Alturas, California, he lost his life.

Dave and his wife, Erin, have two children. He worked with the Forest Service since 2001 and previously served our country in the United States Coast Guard.

As a firefighter, Dave worked to help preserve the lives of others, their homes, and public land. Dave, like all of our employees, chose to serve our country by wearing the U.S. Forest Service uniform. He performed an incredibly important job and I am truly saddened by this loss.

In this time of sadness, please take time to reflect and be situationally aware of others and your surroundings. I know that you share with me my deepest condolences for Dave’s family, colleagues, his friends and co-workers on the Black Hills and Modoc National Forests.

Randy Moore
Regional Forester
Forest Service
Pacific Southwest Region
p: 707-562-9000
[email protected]

1323 Club Drive
Vallejo, CA 94592
www.fs.fed.us

Caring for the land and serving people

Take a look at a map of our nation's national forests and grasslands depicting areas where recreational opportunities may exist.

07/22/2015

Photos from CAL FIRE MUSEUM's post

07/22/2015

Timeline Photos

06/06/2015

SLU Hdqs cira 1953....all you folks in SLU want more pictures I'll go thru our files and see what I have to post

05/22/2015

Cary Brown and Kelli Haggerty invite you to join us for the services of our father, Bruce B Brown:
#1: Informal gathering for close friends and family at the Rue Ranch to celebrate the life of our father. 12:00 high noon this Sunday May 24th
# 2 Formal gathering on June 13th at 1:00 pm. Desert View Memorial Park 11478 Amargosa Rd, Victorville CA 92392 (more information to come)

Bruce was one of the founding Directors of the Museum…..Jerry

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