Local firefighting strike team’s SoCal trip nixed | SierraSun.com

Local firefighting strike team’s SoCal trip nixed

On Thursday afternoon, authorities canceled the order for firefighters from five Tahoe-area agencies to deploy to Southern California to stand by during Santa Ana winds.

“They canceled the strike team at about one o’clock yesterday,” said Capt. Rick Russ of North Tahoe Fire Protection District on Friday.

A day later, a fire driven by the feared winds swept through a portion of Malibu, destroying at least 35 homes.

Included in a cooperative regional agreement, Truckee, North Tahoe, Incline, Tahoe Douglas and Lake Valley Fire Protection Districts had been set to dispatch engines and crew to San Bernardino County Friday, to stand by for potentially dangerous fire conditions. Forecasters had predicted fierce Santa Ana winds and low humidity.

Since the aid was part of a massive mobilization of resources from CalFire, the Forest Service and local agencies, state Office of Emergency Services had already placed 100 engines and 1,000 personnel on standby in Southern California since Tuesday, said CalFire Spokesman Daniel Berlant.

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