Summer 2016 Arrives with Mutual Aid

As Californians welcome the summer season, much of the state is baking with scorching temperatures and wildfires flaring up from the northern most counties to the southern border.

Firefighters have made progress in battling some of these wildfires. However, many homes and communities may still be threatened. In some areas, residents remain evacuated and critical infrastructure is at risk as firefighters work hard to gain control.

Through the State Mutual Aid Program, Cal OES has worked with local operational areas to coordinate resources to fight these wildfires. Currently, the number of mutual aid resources are as follows:

  • Total Mutual Aid Firefighting Strike Teams – 29
  • Total Mutual Aid Fire Engines – 372
  • Total Mutual Aid Firefighters – 1,207

According to the National Weather Service, temperatures for the remainder of the week are going to be relatively high, which increases the risk of wildfire danger. If additional wildfires do develop, Cal OES stands ready to coordinate the resources necessary to local governments to assist with fighting these blazes.

Additional information may be obtained by clicking the links below:

Statewide Fire Map

California Mutual Aid System

Cal OES Mutual Aid Resources

Robb Mayberry

Robb Mayberry is a Public Information Officer for the California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services. He has assisted in the response and recovery efforts with some of California’s worst disasters, including the San Refugio Oil Spill, the Valley and Butte Wildfires, Aliso Canyon Gas Leak, Erskine Fire, and the Winters Storms of 2017. Prior to public service, he spent 25 years managing the public and media relations for some of Northern California’s largest healthcare organizations.

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