The Region I Coordination Center at the Los Angeles County Fire Department Command and Control Facility opened Sept. 11 after Gov. Jerry Brown declared a state of emergency as a result of the Butte Fire.
About 9,500 firefighters—among them LACoFD personnel—were deployed to fight the Butte Fire and the Valley Fire, which ignited Sept. 13.
Over a 10 day period, the Region I Center coordinated the response of 30 strike teams—10 from Los Angeles County—and 60 overhead personnel (including 50 from Los Angeles County) to the Butte, Rough and Valley Fires. Overall, LACoFD supported the incidents with over 100 personnel.
In addition, more than 100 law enforcement agencies and more than a dozen emergency managers from neighboring counties have been deployed to assist with the response. The California Department of Social Services is assisting with shelter operations and coordinating with local counties to identify long-term solutions for displaced residents.
LACoFD is the California Emergency Management Agency Fire and Rescue Division Region I Coordinator. Region I is one of six regions in California. Each region has the responsibility of coordinating fire and disaster incidents within its designated counties. Region I counties include San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara, Ventura, Los Angeles and Orange County.
Featured image: Gov. Jerry Brown declared a state of emergency during the Butte and Valley fires in September 2015. Photo by Jeff Head / Flickr / Public Domain.