Yuma Fire Department Press Releases
On Monday, August 14, 2017 at about 11:00pm the Yuma Fire Department received a mutual aid request from CAL Fire regarding a Task Force deployment to the “Mias Fire” burning close to Beaumont, CA. Within the next hour an Engine and four YFD personnel left Yuma to meet with other members of the Imperial Valley Task Force and proceed to the Beaumont area.
Once they arrived on Tuesday morning, the Task Force was assigned to structure protection duties. As of this morning they just came off of a 24 hour shift and were back at their base camp to rest. The area where this fire is burning is approximately 200 miles from Yuma. The fire is reported to have consumed 540 acres, and was 50% contained as of this morning. It is currently reported that 278 firefighters are working on this fire.
A Task Force usually consists of different firefighting apparatus and a team leader drawn from various departments. A team will normally stay together through their deployment and, due to the equipment and training of our personnel, they are expected to be used for structure protection duties.
The last time YFD personnel were deployed with a strike team or task force was just last month to the “Detwiler” fire near the town of Mariposa, CA.