That Really Big Fire Near Los Angeles...

Sunday, September 24, 2006 |

Search inquiries at the LAFD Blog indicate continued interest in a massive wildfire in the national forest "near Los Angeles" that has burned into Ventura County, at times threatening the communities of Fillmore, Santa Paula and Ojai.

We are pleased to direct you to official information regarding the blaze, known as the Day Fire at:

Our friends at the Ventura County Star compiled a brief video chronicling the work of the 'firefighting infantry' of State and Federal handcrews.

VC Star Video: Handcrews battle the Day Fire

Our colleagues at the Ventura County Fire Department have compiled photos and video, including the helicopter reconnaissance footage below.

VCoFD Video: Helicopter Reconnaissance of the Day Fire

During the three week duration of this brush fire, that began southwest of Pyramid Lake in Los Angeles County - and remains distant from our City, the Los Angeles Fire Department has proudly fulfilled a variety of short-term formal requests for ground-based resources, including engine companies and bulldozers.

These LAFD teams have been dispatched in accordance with California's Fire and Rescue Mutual Aid System, administered by the Governor's Office of Emergency Services. The system is designed to ensure that additional resources are provided to local jurisdictions whenever their own resources are committed or insufficient for a specific emergency incident.

The City of Los Angeles remains fully protected by the use of additional staff and reserve apparatus as necessary to cover forseeable local needs, and we remind local residents that these resources can be recalled to our City as necessary.

The men and women of the LAFD ask motorists to remain watchful for these and other convoys of emergency apparatus traveling to and from The Day Fire, and to be mindful of the space necessary for fire apparatus to safely maneuver on local roads and highways.

Pursuant of protocol, all public and media information regarding the Day Fire, including the actions of assigned LAFD personnel, will be provided by or through the United States Forest Service, which maintains daily jurisdictional authority of the fire area.

For more information, including the current status of the Day Fire, please visit:

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Submitted by Brian Humphrey, Spokesman
Los Angeles Fire Department

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Anonymous said...

Thank-you, members of the Los Angeles Fire Department. Your hard work is appreciated.

LAFD Media and Public Relations said...


You are welcome. In this fire however, the real thanks is due our hardest working colleagues of the Federal and State firefighting handcrews, who have toiled almost non-stop for the past two weeks. We're honored to work alongside them and the other agencies that are cooperating in the battle against this enormous fire.

Respectfully Yours in Safety and Service,

Brian Humphrey
Public Service Officer
Los Angeles Fire Department

Anonymous said...

Thank you Firemen for all you do!

Claudia said...

I haven't heard whether the Super Scooper from Canada has been used to fight this fire. Is it not loaned to us until after October first? Will we ever have one or more Super Scoopers that belong to California?

LAFD Media and Public Relations said...

Claudia et al:

While we are expressly prohibited (by long-standing protocol) to speak specifically about the Day Fire, we are pleased to point you towards public information about the pair of Bomabardier CL-415's aka 'SuperScoopers' that are historically leased each Fall from the Quebec government by our friends at the Los Angeles County Fire Department.

If you have read this far, we wish to take a moment to strongly emphasize that the Los Angeles Fire Department (our organization) and the Los Angeles County Fire Department are separate though similar sounding agencies.

It is indeed the latter agency (LACoFD and not us) that lease the amphibious CL-415 SuperScoopers.

As such, any formal inquiries regarding the CL-415's are best directed to and answered by our friends at the Los Angeles County Fire Department. Their website is:

What we *have* been told publicly is that these aircraft will arrive on or about September 29 and likely be available for regional response coordinated by LACoFD beginning October 1.

Please know that we as an agency have no formal opinion to offer regarding the County's choice of leasing those fixed wing aircraft.

Our agency (LAFD) chooses to focus on helicopters, including the amazing Helitankers that offer stunning performanace and have remained on our Department's roster for several weeks.

In fact, our contract Helitanker, along with the LAFD's five helicopter fleet spared homes in an Encino Hills wildfire way back on August 26th, and has remained available since!

For divergent viewpoints on the CL-415, you may wish to visit the Bomabardier corporate website as well as an article published in the highly respected Wildland Firefighter Magazine.

I hope this information helps.

Those wishing to formally discuss of debate the merits or detriments of those particular fixed wing aircraft are encouraged to find one of the many on-line forums dedicated to such purposes.

Respectfully Yours in Safety and Service,

Brian Humphrey
Public Service Officer
Los Angeles Fire Department

Lori Tdd said...

I am a resident of Santa Clarita and are wondering if you possibly might need any volunteers to contribute at the command post in Castaic (i.e. meals, etc)? I am currently not working and would love to be of any assistance.

Lori Todd

LAFD Media and Public Relations said...

Ms. Todd:

Thanks for the note and your generous offer of support.

Though the deployment by our agency to the Day Fire is now limited (at this hour) to our heavy equipment operators and their bulldozers, there are nearly 2,200 men and women laboring intently in the wildlands.

As this fire has been burning for two full weeks, there are thankfully systems in place to feed the Firefighters, who are often (but not always) in remote wilderness areas.

As such, bringing food is not necessary at this time, and might even represent a hazardous journey for you.

Of course, in smaller blazes that swiftly descend upon your neighborhood and other suburban areas, the provision of water and food is easier to provide (and will often be gratefully welcomed by) Firefighters, who may not have such support systems in place.

Still, there are things that you and your neighbors can do.

Believe it or not, one of the most welcome sights we can see is our neighbors welcoming us home from battle.

Often something as simple as a friendly wave and a smile, the honk of a horn, or a simply mouthed 'thank you' as we pass is far more than enough.

For those communities that we've had a hand in actively protecting, a simple hand-printed sign by the side of the road or on a church or restaurant billboard expressing 'thanks' and 'welcome home' is enough to make our eyes leak.

As I've mentioned earlier though, our agency cannot speak for the Day Fire Incident Command, and if you want to make a formal inquiry and get an official reply, we encourage you to call the published phone number for the Los Padres Information Center at (805) 961-5770, and see what they might need or desire at the moment.

We'd like to think that your culinary skill and generosity might be warmly welcomed by the many non-firefighting civil servants who have worked with us and play such an important role in our success.

The field personnel from the Sheriff's Departments in Los Angeles and Ventura Counties, our friends at the California Highway Patrol and their many 'behind the scenes' support personnel such as Dispatchers and clerks have worked long hours themselves in the battle against the Day Fire.

While our colleagues in Law Enforcement often have policies against accepting food anonymously, they may be able to take advantage of your assistance by way of a delivered pizza or?

Thanks Lori, for being so thoughtful of our Brothers and Sisters who have been on the line, and will likely be so for many days to come.

We trust that you and many others will join us in praying for their safe return home.

Respectfully Yours in Safety and Service,

Brian Humphrey
Public Service Officer
Los Angeles Fire Department

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