Lake Dillon, Copper fire departments send crews to California wildfires

Lake Dillon, Copper fire departments send crews to California wildfires

Lake Dillon Fire and Copper Mountain Fire are among the agencies from across Colorado sending firefighters to help battle the devastating California wildfires. Photo credit: The Sacramento Bee

Lake Dillon Fire and Copper Mountain Fire (soon to be known jointly as Summit Fire and EMS) is sending a four-person crew to assist with the California wildfires as part of a 2o-department deployment from across Colorado.

Colorado is sending 20 fire engines (Type 1 and 3) to support California wildfire operations through an Emergency Management Assistance Compact (EMAC) request from California Office of Emergency Services.  The fire engines will support CalFire and are traveling from Colorado on Monday, October 16 to Chino, California for staging and assignments.  The EMAC request is coordinated by the Colorado Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management’s logistics staff.  DHSEM expects a second group of fire engines may also deploy to California later this week.

According to the Colorado Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management, the agencies leaving for California on Oct. 16 for a 14-day deployment include:

These resources are being requested and sent through the Emergency Management Assistance Compact (EMAC).  EMAC is an all hazards – all disciplines mutual aid compact that serves as the cornerstone of the nation’s mutual aid system.  Colorado continues to support the EMAC system with recent deployments following the hurricanes last month in Texas, Florida and Puerto Rico.

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