October Fire Siege 2007. California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection.
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California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection
THE CAL FIRE MISSIONThe Department of Forestry and Fire Protection protects the people of California from fires, responds to emergencies, and protects and enhances forest, range, and watershed values providing social, economic, and environmental benefits to rural and urban citizens.
Direct Protection Area
Initial Attack Philosophy
Fire Protection Objective: Suppress 95% of all wildfires to 10 acres or less
6 Contract Counties
804 fire stations
577 local government
39 Conservation Camps
198 fire crews
13 air attack bases
9 helitack bases
Contract Resources – Bulldozers, Water tenders, fuel tenders, facilities
Agreements and training before fire season
All contracted resource vendors listed in Emergency Resource Directory
at Cal Fire Emergency Command Centers.
Call When Needed Aircraft
Must be “Carded”
Must sign contract
List maintained by Cal Fire aviation staff and shared statewide
45 Helitankers, 150 Helicopters, 2 Water scooping Air tankers, 1 DC-10
Pre-deployment of CAL FIRE resources including additional air tankers at Ramona, Hemet, Porterville, Paso Robles, and Fresno
Communication between the involved Contract Counties on pre-deployment and evolving issues in order that we could work together to find solutions
Working relationship between USFS in South Ops. We were able to work closely together to find solutions to problems before they got too big.
Preposition one CAL FIRE engine strike team (two strike teams total) in Ventura County and Los Angeles CountyStaff all CAL FIRE bull dozers in all Southern Region units.Staff one additional ECC dispatcher in San Luis Obispo Unit, San Bernardino Unit, Riverside Unit, San Diego UnitStaff one additional chief officer in San Luis Obispo Unit, San Bernardino Unit, Riverside Unit, San Diego Unit
Staff five Type III Riverside County Fire Departmentengines
Staff one Type III Orange County Fire (ORC) engine strike team, one additional ORC dozer, one additional ORC fire crew
A 7-Day graph of average Relative Humidity at Fremont Canyon RAWS
RH fell sharply early on the 21st, and has now been <12% for 2 ½ days.
A 7-Day graph of maximum wind gusts at Fremont Canyon RAWS
The sharp spike seen early on Sunday Oct. 21 is the Santa Ana onset.
Relatively low serious injury rate among the firefighters, coupled with the intensity of the fire siege, can only be credited to a strong emphasis on safety and situational awareness among the personnel assigned.
The federal grant funding for fuel treatments that was used to open up escape routes and in some instances caused the crowning fire to drop to the ground help save lives, property and money.
Cal Fire was very active and represented at the State Operation Center in both the communications (JIC) and Situation Status functions (along with OES).
Cal Fire immediately assigned a documentation group to begin working on the after action report elements for the department.
Mobilization Centers established at Prado (inmate crews), Chino (other crews and engines), and Madera.
Agreements in Place
Cal Fire maintains Cooperative Agreements with 147 local governmental agencies
Six Contract County Agreements
Cal Fire maintains Direct Agreements with Six Federal Agencies
Over 400 local Unit with Local Agency Agreements
California Fire Assistance Agreement
California Federal Agencies/Cal Fire/OES for local government resources
20 Cal Fire Cooperative Agreements with other state agencies