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A butane lighter inadvertently left in a broiler caused a fire in an apartment oven Wednesday. The fire was quickly contained and no one was injured.

Redlands Firefighters responded to the report of a structure fire at about noon on Wednesday, Dec. 4, in the 0 block of North San Mateo Street. Redlands Police evacuated the apartment before firefighters arrived.

The fire originated in the broiler section of the apartment’s oven, which had recently been repaired. A butane lighter, inadvertently left in the broiler, exploded as the oven was being preheated for baking. The fire was contained to the oven but there was smoke throughout the apartment.

The Redlands Fire Department responded to two separate structure fires Monday afternoon, Dec. 2. Both fires were quickly contained and there were no injuries reported in either blaze.

Shortly after noon firefighters from Redlands and Mentone responded to a fire in the 1300 block of North Grove Street. The fire was discovered by a neighbor who saw smoke inside the residence through a window.

The Redlands Police Department wants to make sure everyone can remain thankful for their health and safety while on the road this Thanksgiving holiday. Redlands Police officers will be out on targeted “saturation patrols” Wednesday looking for anyone who may be tempted to drink and drive.

Officers on saturation patrols look for typical alcohol-impaired driving patterns. The holiday enforcement action is part of an ongoing initiative aimed at creating a healthier, safer community through enforcing alcohol laws.

Four men were cited after buying alcohol for teen-age Redlands Police volunteers Wednesday. The volunteers approached people outside several local businesses. The enforcement effort, known as a “shoulder tap operation,” was part of a $23,714 grant from the California Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control.

On Wednesday, Nov. 20, two volunteers, a 19-year-old female and an 18-year-old male, accompanied by a Redlands Police officer, stood outside local businesses on Colton Avenue, Orange Street and Redlands Boulevard and offered to give people entering the stores money to buy beer.

Due to flooding, mud and debris, San Timoteo Canyon Road has been closed from Live Oak Canyon Road to Barton Road. The road is expected to be closed throughout the night.

Several vehicles have been towed after being stuck in the mud.

Sand bags and sand are available to residents across from the City Yards, located on Park Avenue between Kansas and Tennessee streets.

Quality of Life crews with trucks and equipment are checking and clearing City storm drains and extra crews are on standby.

The National Weather Service is predicting thunderstorms continuing tonight through Saturday. For a detailed are forecast follow this link:

http://www.nws.noaa.gov/wtf/udaf/area/?site=sgx

All local emergency efforts are being coordinated through the City Manager’s Office by Emergency Operations Manager Fay Glass.

The weekly Thursday Night Market Night is cancelled tonight due to inclement weather. Market Night will return in two weeks, following the Thanskgiving Day holiday.

The Redlands Police Department issued more than 40 traffic citations and arrested two people for driving under the influence during grant-funded enforcement operations over the past week.

Officers issued 22 traffic citations for violations including speeding, running stop signs and failure to yield to a pedestrian during a traffic enforcement detail Wednesday, Nov. 21. Two vehicles were towed, one due to expired registration and another due to an unlicensed driver.

The Redlands Police Department and several local businesses are collecting toys for the 16th Annual Children’s Christmas Block Party. This year’s toy drive is critically important. Grant funding has been limited this year making the contributions of donors even more important to provide toys and other gifts to local children during the annual event. In the prior years, toy drive contributions were matched by grants, providing more than 1,000 toys and other gifts to our community, local shelters and families in crisis.

The holiday season kicks off with old-fashioned hospitality. Come downtown and see the tree lighting in Ed Hales Park with Mayor Pete Aguilar Saturday, Nov. 23.

The Sixth Street School of Music will lead a community sing, and Santa will pay a special visit!

Schedule of events:

  • 4 - 5 p.m.: Instrumental and vocal students perform.
  • 5 - 5:45 p.m.: Children’s games and activities
  • 5:45 – 6 p.m.: Mayor’s welcoming comments/ announcement of Santa’s arrival
  • 6 – 7 p.m.: Sing along led by Sixth Street School of Music

Most Redlands City Hall offices will be closed between Christmas and the beginning of 2014. Essential City services, including public safety and utilities as well as the A.K. Smiley Public Library will be in full operation.

City facilities, including City Hall, the Redlands Community Center and both senior centers, will close on Friday, Dec. 20, and reopen Monday, Jan. 6.

In addition to public safety, utility customer service and billing, solid waste and recycling pickup, Hillside Memorial cemetery, and City parks will remain open and in operation.

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