Sunday, September 19, 2021

Orange County Fire Department assists in Northern California fire crisis

As the fire continued, the Orange County Fire Department (OCFA) continued to provide assistance in Northern California, resulting in the temporary closure of local hospitals and all national forests.

Five fire trucks, a helicopter and 22 firefighters are fighting 52% of the Dixie fires that have been controlled as of September 1. Other command positions from OCFA are behind the scenes assisting in supporting the northern fire.

“We have fires in France, Caldo fires, Dixie fires, [and the] McFarland fire,” OCFA spokesperson Sean Doran told The Epoch Times. “People are coming in and out of fires all over the state. “

Dolan said that every 14 days, the crew member going north rotates with another OCFA crew member and is expected to continue working until their resources are no longer needed.

As of September 1, the Dixie and Kaldor fires were the largest fires in the state, burning more than 1 million acres.

With nearly 20% of the Caldor fire under control and spreading to the Lake Tahoe Basin, medical offices including Barton Health have been ordered to close.

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Barton Health said in a September 1 statement: “Patients at Barton Memorial Hospital have been transferred to a regional partner institution and their families have been notified.”

As the evacuation warnings in Eldorado, Douglas, Alps and Amado counties continue, the medical office plans to close at least until September 3.

The US Department of Agriculture Forest Service ordered all national forests in California to be temporarily closed until September 17.

“We will not take the decision lightly, but it is the best choice for public safety,” Regional Forest Administrator Jennifer Eberlein said in a statement on August 30. “As the Labor Day weekend approaches, many people like our national forest, which is especially difficult.”

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The closure of the national forest will limit the chance of new potential fires, while protecting visitors from being trapped in an emergency.

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This News Originally From – The Epoch Times

Orange County Fire Department assists in Northern California fire crisis
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