Mendocino Sheriff Requests California National Guard’s Assistance to Fight August Complex Fire

California National Guard Firefighter Hand Crew, Photo from US Department of Defense website (, Photo Credit – California National Guard

This is a press release from the Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office:

Mendocino County Sheriff Kendall is currently acting in Unified Command with CALFIRE and has recognized that CALFIRE has a 53% decrease in their Type 1 Hand Crews that are staffed by inmates from the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR).

Because of this situation, Sheriff Kendall is seeking assistance from the Governor’s Office in obtaining California National Guard resources to assist with fire suppression efforts related to the August Complex West Zone impacting Mendocino County.

The California National Guard is trained to assist CALFIRE Type 1 Hand Crews in establishing and maintaining fire lines and will not be used for any law enforcement related purposes if deployed to Mendocino County as requested by Sheriff Kendall.

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