Firefighters throughout San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara counties have responded to calls for help in battling the massive wildfires ravaging California.
The Santa Barbara County Fire Department is at maximum “draw down” after sending eight fire engines and other personnel to the blazes burning in Napa and Sonoma counties to the north and Orange County to the south, according to Mike Eliason, a department spokesman.
Eliason explained that the local departments have maxed out on their ability to respond to the mutual aid requests to help with the various fires.
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Santa Barbara County stations remain staffed to respond to local emergencies, he said.
A Cal Fire spokesman said Tuesday evening resources also have been sent from San Luis Obispo (city and county), Paso Robles and Atascadero fire departments. Cal Fire SLO sent 10 state fire engines and six hand crews to the fires in Northern California.
The San Luis Obispo City Fire Department sent one engine with four personnel dedicated to the Tubbs Fire near Santa Rosa.
Fifteen people have been confirmed dead, with dozens injured, in the Northern California wildfires, which broke out Sunday night and have destroyed hundreds of homes and businesses.
The largest blazes are the Tubbs Fire in and around Santa Rosa and the Atlas Fire in Napa County. As of Tuesday morning, they had blackened 27,000 and 25,000 acres, respectively.
The Canyon No. 2 Fire burning in the Anaheim Hills in Southern California had scorched 6,000 acres and destroyed 24 structures as of Tuesday.
Noozhawk editor Tom Bolton contributed to this report.