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Local Cal Fire crews head north to fight wildfires

Cal Fire/San Luis Obispo Strike Team 9340C fights the Day Fire in Modoc County on Friday, Aug. 1.
Cal Fire/San Luis Obispo Strike Team 9340C fights the Day Fire in Modoc County on Friday, Aug. 1. Cal Fire

The San Luis Obispo County Cal Fire Department has sent 150 personnel to fight numerous fires burning in Northern California.

The department has sent two engines, three hand crews and a bulldozer strike team along with numerous support personnel out of the county as far north as the Oregon border, said Chief Rob Lewin. Most have gone to the Day Fire, a 7,000-acre conflagration in Modoc County in the state’s northeastern corner.

Of the 150 local firefighters, 60 are inmates and 30 are California Conservation Corps personnel. Air tankers also have been mobilized, but several remain at local bases for initial attack, Lewin said. The department has about 200 fulltime personnel.

Although the bulk of the county’s fire staff is out of the county, the department is careful to keep enough resources at home to deal with local emergencies, Lewin said.

“We are still prepared for initial attack, and local government fire departments can back us up,” he said.

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