Pursuant of a formal Mutual Aid Request, the Los Angeles Fire Department has assigned four Strike Teams of firefighters to assist the Santa Barbara Fire Department, Santa Barbara County Fire Department, CAL FIRE, the U.S. Forest Service and allied agencies in their battle against a wind-driven brush fire near Santa Barbara, California, 75 miles northwest of our City.
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These 90 personnel from the Los Angeles Fire Department have been dispatched to the "Jesusita Wildland Fire" in accordance with California's Fire & Rescue Emergency Mutual Aid System. Administered by the California Emergency Management Agency, the system is designed to ensure additional resources to local jurisdictions whenever their 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.
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, including the actions of assigned LAFD personnel, will be provided jointly through the City and County of Santa Barbara, CAL FIRE, the U.S. Forest Service and agencies that maintain daily jurisdictional authority of the area where the fire is burning.
Submitted by Brian Humphrey, Spokesman
Los Angeles Fire Department