Update: Local firefighters sent to Butte County wildfire


Local firefighters have been sent to fight the Butte County wildfire, which started on Thursday, Nov. 8.

The Butte County Sheriff's Office confirmed Monday that 42 people have died in the Camp Fire, which has burned about 125,000 acres as of Tuesday morning (Nov. 13), according to Cal Fire. The fire is now the deadliest and most destructive in state history.

The Menlo Park Fire Protection District sent five fire engines and fire personnel to the Camp Fire, according to a press release issued Nov. 8. The fire, which started around 6:33 am on Thursday, is threatening 15,500 structures, according to Cal Fire. Evacuations are in order for some communities in the Butte County area.

“We all knew fire season wasn’t done with us yet,” Menlo Park Fire Protection District Chief Harold Schapelhouman said in the press release. “All of these impacted fire stations were immediately backfilled with apparatus and personnel so all fire agencies could continue to maintain our normal unit coverage and staffing levels within our primary response areas in San Mateo County.”

Schapelhouman said in a press release Saturday that Menlo fire district firefighters left the Bay Area Thursday and are currently working in Paradise.

He said firefighters were relieved Saturday morning so they could rest and contact family members.

Menlo fire district Deputy Chief Don Long said in the press release that firefighters have "been busy moving from neighborhood to neighborhood putting out fires since we arrived here Thursday evening," he said.

In a statement Monday, Long said "We are still on the fire line, cell coverage is very spotty ... Everybody is good, we have gotten a lot of work done overnight so the crews are happy but they are tired.”

The Woodside Fire Protection District has also sent a fire engine to the Camp Fire. Woodside Fire Protection District Chief Daniel Ghiorso said Friday that four people from the district have been sent to the fire and more might follow in the next day or two.

Firefighters from the Foster City, Central County, South San Francisco, San Mateo and San Bruno fire departments have also been sent to Butte County.

The San Mateo County Office of Public Safety Communications received an “immediate need request” for two strike teams to assist in fighting the fire. Each strike team includes five fire engines and a strike team commander or six vehicles staffed by up to 22 personnel. A total of 10 engines, two command vehicles and 44 fire personnel from the county have been sent to Butte County.


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