Fire Chief's Message

Chief Michael Ridley

The Fire Season is with us for the foreseeable future. As I write this message the sky continues to be filled with smoke from 27 major fires burning in the state. Over 2.95 million acres have burned. The following is a breakdown of resources assigned to active wildfires. 2,400 + Fire Engines, 122 Aircraft, 334 Fire Crews, 415 Bulldozers, and 458 Water Tenders. Total number of personnel committed to the fires is nearly 19,000.

An Engine from the Fire District has answered a request for assistance from the State. We have responded one engine to the North Fire Complex West. They are based in Quincy, CA working in the area of Bucks Lake. We also helped cover Placer County with one engine for two days because of the resource drawdown.

Please assist us with providing defensible space and use the “My Personal Wildfire Fire Action Guide” that is found on this site. We have also added a resource for packing a “Go Bag.” September is National Preparedness Month.

The COVID-19 event continues to be a major part of everyday life. Our Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) stocks continue to be adequate

Our office is opening for business for walk in traffic on a limited basis. If you have business with the district please follow social distancing practices and wear a mask. Our fire stations continue to be closed to the general public.

In closing, please prepare for the potential of an evacuation and be prepared for the Power Safety Power Shutoff (PSPS) events. We have had a PSPS already this month.

Stay safe.