San Andreas, CA — The CAL FIRE Tuolumne-Calaveras Unit has responded to the southern California fires by sending more than 250 personnel to the fire plagued region that reaches from Santa Barbara to San Diego.
Battalion Chief Jeff Millar states that 15 engines (encompassing 60 plus firefighters), one bulldozer, one helicopter, 10 fire crews, 15 miscellaneous support personnel and one Calaveras County strike team have been sent.
That leaves the unit with but nine engines and that is the reason this Monday has been declared a “no-burn” day due to a reduced number of resources. Millar adds that burn permits may be cancelled due to the shortage of resources.
Already one individual has been killed in the southern California fires. Approximately 250,000 people are in the process of being evacuated from San Diego County. Due to the Santa Ana winds, officials are saying that some of the fires (there are a reported dozen in all) are zero percent contained.
Written by Bill Johnson