SAN DIEGO (KGVT) – As of Monday, the Dixie Hearth burning in Northern California since July 13 had scorched 489,287 acres.
“This hearth has been actively burning for the final 4 weeks,” said Mark Beveridge, a Batallion Chief for the Nationwide Metropolis Hearth Division. Beveridge is presently in Susanville, serving as a public information officer for Cal Hearth on this incident. “This one’s huge, and The hearth conduct’s very extreme up right here.”
Beveridge tells ABC 10News that firefighters had A pair Of fantastic climate days however At the second Anticipate a wind event.
“We now have meteorologists That are on the group, so As quickly as They start predicting these issues, our methods change Barely bit; They might go from direct assault to an oblique assault,” he defined.
Based mostly on Beveridge, about 5,813 firefighters are battling the Dixie Hearth, collectively with groups from San Diego Couty.
“We name it a mixed strike group. Tright here are San Diego, Poway, Nationwide Metropolis, Chula Vista, anyone who has an OES That is out tright here we’ll put Proper into a strike group,” he said. “And All of us practice collectively, so It is seamless for us.”
He said crews are switched out every 14 days and changed with completely different personnel from native fire departments.
Beveridge said when San Diego crews Reply to assists with huge fires, they Guarantee tright here’s enough staffing again at house in case something occurs regionally.
“All of our chiefs get collectively, They typinamey Work out what our staffing ranges ought to Appear to be, After which when the state names if we’re out tright here, then They will launch us,” he said. “Tright here’s been a quantity of events We have Needed To level out down assignments as a Outcome of our staffing ranges have been too low.”