County Firefighters Battle Northern California Fires

By August 11, 2014LACoFD News

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County firefighters have been very busy over the last two weeks providing support to fire agencies in Northern California as wildfires continue to cut a trail across the state. Currently, there are 13 wildfires burning with a large portion of these fires resulting from lightning strikes. We have multiple engine, camp crea and patrol strike teams deployed to assist in battling these fires. Our Department has backfilled all fire stations to retain 100 percent staffing in our own backyard here in Los Angeles County.

Here is an overview of some of the fires:

On Monday, July 28, the French Incident began when a brush fire broke out in the Rock Creek Campground near the community of North Fork in Madera County. We received a request for assistance from United States Forest Service-Sequoia National Forest on Friday, August 1. Currently, United States Forest Service is reporting 13,835 acres burned with 85 percent containment.

On Wednesday, July 30, the Day Incident, began when a lightning strike started a brush fire, two miles north of the community of Day in Modoc County. We received a request for assistance from CAL FIRE on Friday, August 1. Currently, CAL FIRE is reporting 13,153 acres burned with 85 percent containment. Five residences and one outbuilding have been destroyed.

On Wednesday, July 30, the Bald Incident began when a brush fire broke out eight miles southeast of the unincorporated community of Fall River Mills in Shasta County. We received a request for assistance from CAL FIRE on Saturday, August 2. Currently, CAL FIRE is reporting 39,926 acres burned with 91 percent containment.

On Wednesday, July 30, the Lodge Complex Incident began when a lightning strike started a brush fire in the Wilderness Lodge area near the community of Laytonville in Mendocino County. We received a request for assistance from CAL FIRE on Sunday, August 3. Currently, CAL FIRE is reporting 4,600 acres burned with 25 percent containment.

On Wednesday, July 30, the Little Deer Incident began when a brush fire broke out in the City of Yreka in Siskiyou County; the fire is located northeast of Grass Lake near Little Deer Mountain and 10 miles south of Tennant. We received a request for assistance from CAL FIRE on Sunday, August 3. Currently, CAL FIRE is reporting 5,503 acres burned with 84 percent containment.

We wish all of our personnel a safe trip home following the conclusion of these incidents.