Tuesday, January 31, 2023

CAL FIRE Attributes the Success of Recent Firefighting Efforts to Partnership with Local Fire Departments and Law Enforcement


The following is a press release issued by CAL FIRE Mendocino Unit:

A lone firefighter in the midst of the Hopkins Fire [Picture by Matt LaFever]

The Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE) Mendocino Unit would like
to extend a sincere thank you to our local fire departments, and the Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office. CAL FIRE moves resources to fires throughout the State and relies heavily on our local fire departments to assist with wildland fires and during resource draw down. This year is no different, local fire departments have answered the call several times providing station coverage, out of county strike teams, and augmented CAL FIRE response to wildland fires throughout Mendocino County. The Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office along with other local law enforcement cooperators, have done an outstanding job with evacuations and road closers to assure the people of Mendocino County are safe. This type of cooperation is what makes CAL FIRE successful in protecting the people, property, and
resources of California.

Over the past two weeks we have seen an increase in fire activity throughout Mendocino County. With the assistance from our local fire departments, and the Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office, we have aggressively suppressed these fires. While the Walker Fire reached 124 acres, the rest were contained with less acres burned.

Fire personnel are operating under conditions that have the potential for extreme fire behavior and large fire growth, this is largely due to dry fuels and record-breaking temperatures.

As the potential for extreme fire behavior persists, Mendocino Unit Chief Luke Kendall would like to remind our Mendocino County residents to remain knowledgeable about wildfire prevention and preparedness.

One Less Spark Campaign
Equipment use (mow before 10 a.m.)
Debris burning (permits and burn bans)
Vehicle use (secure chains)
Campfires (permits and local restrictions)
Target shooting

Ready, Set, Go! Campaign
Harden your home (fire-ignition-resistant)
Defensible Space (clear vegetation)
Action plan (know what to do)
Prepare (be ready)
Emergency supply kit

CAL FIRE’s website, http://www.readyforwildfire.org, is an excellent resource for more information and offers and in- depth look at our One Less Spark Campaign and Ready, Set, Go! Campaign.

For more information about how you and your family can prepare for wildfire visit http://www.ReadyForWildfire.org.


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MendoFever Staff
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