Governor Brown Directs the Deployment of California Firefighters to Nevada Fire


11-18-2011

SACRAMENTO – Today California Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. directed the deployment of three strike teams to help the State of Nevada fight the Pine Haven Fire near Reno, NV.

The Pine Haven Fire has consumed approximately 400 acres and destroyed at least 20 homes.

Each of the three strike teams being deployed from the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE) are composed of five Type I engines staffed by one captain, one engineer and two firefighters. The State of Nevada requested these strike teams through a compact between the California Emergency Management Agency (Cal EMA) and the Nevada Division of Emergency Management.

The teams will be deployed from local fire agencies in El Dorado and Placer counties as well as the Tahoe Basin. They will be joined by an assistant chief from Cal EMA’s Fire and Rescue Division.

The Governor has directed CAL FIRE and the California National Guard to stand by with additional firefighting resources should they be needed.

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