Thursday, 02 February 2023

South county firefighters won't go to Southern California

SOUTH LAKE COUNTY – A planned trip to Southern California for local fire resources won't be necessary after all.


Jim Wright is a battalion chief with both South Lake County Fire Protection District and Cal Fire. He explained that South Lake County Fire contracts with Cal Fire to run its south lake fire operations.


As Lake County News reported Thursday, local Cal Fire resources were being summoned to Southern California based on a forecast predicting high Santa Ana winds, coupled with the area's already dry conditions.


Cal Fire also had reported that an Office of Emergency Services engine at South Lake County Fire also had been notified to be prepared to leave, with a decision expected Friday morning.


That decision, however, was made Thursday, said Wright.


“That order was canceled so they are not going tomorrow morning,” said Wright. “At this point they're not going.”


Cal Fire's Sonoma-Lake-Napa unit sent three engines to Southern California, one each from its Clearlake Oaks, Kelsey-Cobb and Middletown stations, Wright said.


Wright said Cal Fire's local resources in Southern California include several “overhead” – or fire command – personnel, along with two bulldozers and its helicopter, based on Boggs Mountain.


The helicopter, which has been in Southern California for about two weeks so far, has a 21-day commitment, said Wright.


Wright added that he has sent down two crew members as relief for the helicopter team.


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