FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 5, 2020
The Georgetown Fire Department has sent a Type 3 wildland fire engine, along with engines from El Dorado Hills, Pioneer, Diamond Springs and Mosquito Fire Departments to Southern California to assist with multiple fires in the area. The 5 engine Strike Team was originally sent to the Apple Fire in Riverside County but later their first day were sent to the Stagecoach Fire in Kern County.
The Apple Fire is over 26,000 acres and the Stagecoach Fire is over 3,000 acres. Both fires have caused mandatory evacuations to surrounding communities and numerous structures and critical infrastructure are threatened.
When crews are sent out as part of a Strike Team of engines, they plan for a 14-day assignment. The last assignment was 11 days and E361 was sent out again, with a different crew of firefighters, after being home for only 3 days.
It continues to look like we are going to have a very active wildfire season in California and the Western United States. When we need help departments come running, we owe it to return the favor when needed to help others.Fire Chief Glenn Brown