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El Cerrito Sends Firefighters to Help Battle SoCal Wildfires

Fallbrook, CA: Smoke taken from the fronts lines at the Highway Fire in San Diego County. Photo Credit: E. Jones
Fallbrook, CA: Smoke taken from the fronts lines at the Highway Fire in San Diego County. Photo Credit: E. Jones
Two units from El Cerrito have been deployed to assist with wildfires in Southern California.

At 10:30 PM on Thursday night, El Cerrito Fire Engine 372, along with units from Crockett, San Ramon, Moraga, and Alameda County were dispatched to the Las Pulgas Fire located at Camp Pendleton CA. This is near the City of San Diego.

The Las Pulgas fire first reported at 3:15 p.m. Thursday and at 5:00 a.m. Friday morning was reported to have grown to 8,000 acres burned and 5% contained.
Additionally, at 1:00 a.m. Friday, May 16, OES 300 out of El Cerrito was called to the San Diego Complex involving nine major wildfires burning in that area. OES 300 is part of Strike Team 2802A and is made up of units from San Francisco, Marin County (3 units) and El Cerrito.

The California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE) provides updated information on the size and containment of these and other major fire incidents online athttp://cdfdata.fire.ca.gov/incidents/incidents_current

Already this year, CAL FIRE has already responded to nearly 1,300 wildfires, more than twice as many fires as average. All homeowners in California are encouraged to be prepared for wildfires. For more information on preparing for wildfires and creating a 100’ Defensible Space around your home are  online at www.ReadyForWldfire.org<http://www.readyforwldfire.org/>.

CAL FIRE is an emergency response and resource protection department of the State of California.

—Information provided by City El Cerrito

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beda May 18, 2014 at 04:15 PM
As former residents of El Cerrito, and longtime residents of North San Diego County. We are grateful to the El Cerrito fire fighters who have been here to help with the terrible wildfires this week. Fire fighters, and all first responders, are the real American (and world) heroes. THANK YOU!! Beda Nelson Farrell & Jerry Farrell

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