Gov. Jerry Brown announced a state of emergency Wednesday for Plumas, Shasta and Tehama counties, where fires are currently burning.
“It is hereby ordered that that all agencies of the state government utilize and employ state personnel, equipment, and facilities for the performance of any and all activities consistent with the direction of the California Emergency Management Agency and the State Emergency Plan,” the proclamation reads.
“El Dorado County local government fire agencies have a total of 31 fire personnel assigned to the Ponderosa Fire in Tehama,” El Dorado County Fire Chief Bruce Lacher wrote in an e-mail to the Mountain Democrat. He noted that seven engines and four overhead personnel were also dispatched.
Local Cal Fire units were also sent to fight the fire. Capt. Nathan Barcklay stated that 10 engines, two hand crews, two bulldozers and seven overhead personnel, for a total of 72 personnel, have been sent to the Tehama fire.
Barcklay also noted that five engines, two hand crews and one overhead member, a total of 47 personnel, have been sent to the North Pass Fire in Mendocino County; two hand crews consisting of 30 personnel have joined the Shasta County fire; and two hand crews with 13 overhead have joined the Mills fire, also in Tehama County.
The fire, caused by lightning on Aug. 18, stands at 57 percent contained as of Thursday. It was burning just under 28,000 acres. The fire has destroyed 84 structures and threatens about 940 more, including residences and commercial buildings, and evacuations have been instituted.