Yuma Fire Department Press Releases
On Wednesday, July 19, 2017 just before 1:00pm the Yuma Fire Department received a mutual aid request from CAL Fire regarding a Task Force deployment to the “Detwiler Fire” burning close to Lake McClure, near the town of Mariposa, CA. Within the next hour an Engine and four YFD personnel left Yuma to meet with other members of the Imperial Valley Task Force.
The area where this fire is burning is approximately 630 miles from Yuma. The fire is reported to have consumed 45,724 acres, and was 7% contained as of this morning.
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.
Little information is available at this time, and additional information will be provided as it becomes available. The last time YFD personnel were deployed with a strike team or task force was in August of 2015 to the “Walker” fire near Yosemite National Park.READ MORE
On Tuesday July 18, 2017, shortly before 10:00 am, a fire was reported in the 2800 block of West 29th Street. Arriving Yuma Fire Department personnel found light smoke coming from the eaves of the residence at 2847 W 29th Street. Firefighters located the fire in the master bathroom inside the home. The fire was quickly contained and extinguished.
Fire investigators determined the fire to be accidental, and that it originated in the master bathroom’s ceiling exhaust fan. Firefighters confirmed that the fire had only spread to an adjacent bathroom through the attic space. A domestic water line melted in the attic during the fire, and suppressed the fire long enough for firefighters to arrive, and limit fire damage.
The occupant was not home at the time of the fire, and there were no injuries reported. The home did have working smoke alarms. Because of damage to electrical lines in the ceiling however, the home was not able to be reoccupied until repairs are done. The American Red Cross was called to assist the resident of the home.
Fortunately this fire was discovered early, allowing for quick containment by the first arriving units. Fires in bathroom exhaust fans are a common cause of residential fires here in Yuma. Please ensure your bathroom exhaust fans are cleaned frequently to avoid lint buildup, and always remember to turn the switch off when you leave the bathroom!READ MORE