Pursuant of a formal Mutual Aid Request, the Los Angeles Fire Department has assigned two Strike Team of Firefighters to assist the Santa Barbara County Fire Department, U.S. Forest Service and allied agencies in their battle against a brush fire in the Santa Ynez Mountains near Goleta, California, 80 miles northwest of our City.
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These 45 personnel from the Los Angeles Fire Department have been dispatched to the "Gap Wildland Fire" in accordance with California's Fire & Rescue Emergency 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 to cover foreseeable 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, and to be mindful of the space necessary for them to safely maneuver on local roads and highways.
Pursuant of protocol, official public and media information regarding this wildfire incident, including the actions of assigned LAFD personnel, will be provided jointly by the County of Santa Barbara and U.S. Forest Service, which maintain daily jurisdictional authority of the area where the fire is burning.
Submitted by Brian Humphrey, Spokesman
Los Angeles Fire Department