As wildfires continue to ravage numerous counties in Southern California, the California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services (Cal OES) is expanding its coordination with neighboring states for additional mutual aid resources.
Cal OES requested 50 engine strike teams (250 engines) from eight states via the Emergency Management Assistance Compact (EMAC). A total of 142 engines coordinated through EMAC and an interstate compact are assisting with the Southern California wildfires.
Oregon deployed 15 strike teams (75 engines), Montana provided one strike team and two task forces (16 engines), Idaho sent two task forces (10 engines), New Mexico deployed one task force (5 engines) and Utah committed 31 engines. Also, Nevada sent five engines through an interstate compact.
Cal OES is coordinating and collaborating with other states for additional resources.
Neighboring states are assisting in support of at least six significant wildfires, including the Thomas (Ventura County/Santa Barbara County), Creek (Los Angeles County), Rye (Los Angeles County), Skirball (Los Angeles County), Lilac 5 (San Diego County) and Liberty (Riverside County). Fierce Santa Ana winds, combined with dry brush and dead trees, fueled multiple fires across five counties.
As of Dec. 8, more than 141,000 acres had burned and 212,000 people had been evacuated over a four-day span. In addition, several major freeways were shut down, schools closed, and historical landmarks threatened.
The State Operations Center is activated to coordinate resources in support of communities being affected by the fires. State, local and federal agencies are working together around the clock to support emergency management efforts and provide all the necessary resources
Cal OES has coordinated mutual aid resources of 2,500 firefighters, 600 engines and a total of 100 strike teams and task forces (19 Cal OES strike teams/task forces, 81 local government strike teams/task forces).
More than 1,200 soldiers and airmen from the California Army National Guard (CalGuard) are staged in their armories across Southern California to forward deploy if needed in support of the wildfires. Additionally, the CalGuard has deployed two Modular Airborne Firefighting Systems (MAFFS) C-130J models activated to perform aerial firefighting operations in Southern California, four Type I helicopters with water dropping buckets and a remotely piloted aircraft and RC-26 to support infrared imagery and perimeter mapping.
Nearly 4,000 evacuees are being housed in shelters across four different counties. Five shelters are currently opened in Ventura and Santa Barbara counties combined, while four each are opened in Los Angeles and San Diego counties.
Dangerous fire conditions remain in the forecast for the next few days. Red Flag Warnings have been extended for much of the Los Angeles and Ventura counties and San Diego County through Sunday, per the National Weather Service, with gusty Santa Ana winds also expected through the weekend.
A complete list of mutual aid resources can be found here.
Additional Southern California wildfire resources:
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Los Angeles County
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Los Angeles City
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Ventura County twitter
San Diego County
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Riverside County twitter
California Secures Presidential Declaration Providing Direct Federal Assistance for Southern California Wildfires Dec. 8
State of Emergency Proclamations
Governor Brown Declares State of Emergency in Santa Barbara County, Requests Presidential Emergency Declaration for Southern California Fires Dec. 8
Governor Brown Declares State of Emergency in San Diego County Due to Lilac Fire Dec. 7
Governor Brown Declares State of Emergency in Ventura County Due to Thomas Fire Dec. 5
Governor Brown Declares State of Emergency in Los Angeles County Due to Creek and Rye Fires Dec. 5
Fire Management Assistance Grants (FMAG)
Thomas Fire FMAG Now Includes Santa Barbara County Dec. 7
Cal OES Director Secures FMAG to Assist Response Agencies Battling the Lilac Fire in San Diego County Dec. 7
Cal OES Director Secures FMAG to Assist Response Agencies Battling the Skirball Fire in LA County Dec. 6
Cal OES Director Secures Federal Grant to Assist Response Agencies Battling Thomas Fire in Ventura County Dec. 5
Cal OES Director Secures Federal Grant to Assist Response Agencies Battling Creek Fire in LA County Dec. 5
Cal OES Director Secures Fire Management Assistance Grant from FEMA to Assist Response Agencies Battling the Rye Fire in LA County Dec. 5