Cal OES Technology Gives Real-Time View of Aerial Fight of the Willow Fire

The Governor’s Office of Emergency Services utilizes many different kinds of tools in its arsenal to help fight fires going on around the state of California.  One them is the Rescue Mobile Communication Unit 5265 (MCV ). A recent upgrade now allows Cal OES to stream video captured by its camera. In this instance the MCV is assigned to the Willow Fire in USFS Sierra National Forest in the North Fork area of Madera County.

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Willow Fire Information Update

Location: Willow Canyon Dr. X Rd 274 – North Fork area
Start Time: 07/25/15 at 1352 hours
Per CAL FIRE and ICS-209 as of 07/31/15 at 0539 hours:
• 4394 acres, 30% contained
• Steep terrain with limited access for equipment.
• Structure threat: 450 single residences, 5 Mixed commercial/residential
• Incident is in unified command with CALFIRE (MMU), USFS (SNF),
• Resources: 1920 personnel assigned

Evacuations
• The Cascadel area (approximately 200 homes) was evacuated Thursday morning on 07/30/15.
• Evacuations of multiple campgrounds and Central Camp (Private in-holding consisting of approximately 100 private cabins).

Deployments
• A Cal OES Fire Branch Assistant Chief is deployed to this incident
• Cal OES Law Branch, Assistant Chief Dennis Smithson is deployed to this incident

For additional information on all major fires burning in California click here.

Cal OES Fire & Rescue Branch

California Wildfire Activity (ARCGIS)

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