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YFD Firefighters Deployed to CA Wildfire
YFD Firefighters Preparing Engine for Deployment

On Saturday September 5, 2020, just after 7:00pm the Yuma Fire Department received a mutual aid request from California authorities regarding a Task Force deployment to the Yucaipa, CA area. Within the next hour an Engine and 4 YFD personnel left Yuma to meet in Westmoreland, CA with other members of the Imperial Valley Task Force and proceed to Yucaipa.

YFD’s personnel have reported back that they have arrived at their Yucaipa staging area and have been assigned to structural protection duties. The fire they are deployed to is the “El Dorado Fire”. At last report, the El Dorado fire has burned 2,727 acres. Here is a link for more information on this fire: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/7148/

A Task Force consists of several firefighting apparatus with personnel and a team leader drawn from various departments.  A team will normally stay together through their deployment. Due to the equipment and training of our personnel, they are usually assigned to structure protection duties in neighborhoods. Although deployed personnel are prepared to be gone for up to 2 weeks, we hope that they will not be needed for that long.

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 October of 2019 to the “Kincade Fire” in Sonoma County, CA.

Photos courtesy of the Yuma Fire Department.
YFD personnel quickly prepare an engine with the wildland firefighting gear needed to support the efforts of the 4 firefighters deploying with the engine.