Firefighters Head to Glendora to Help

Departments increase staffing during fire weather watch

Firefighters head to fight a fire reminiscent of local fires

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. - Firefighters in Glendora asked for mutual aid from around the state.

Crews from Paso Roble, San Luis Obispo, and Ventura County and more headed to the fire lines near Los Angeles Thursday.

Captain David Sedecki, the information officer for the Santa Barbara County Fire Department said crews a strike team made up of a battalion chief and five engines was also requested.

The so-called Colby fire in Glendora is being pushed by strong winds much like the devastating fires that burned in Santa Barbara in 2008 and 2009.

Survivors of the Tea and Jesusita fires said they remember similar weather. There are other similarities as well.  The Colby fire was started in a campfire that was mishandled.  The Tea fire started in a campfire in Monetectio that reignited after trespassers thought they had put it out. Both cost people their homes.

Firefighters have increased the resources they put on an initial fire call.

Under Cal Fire's direction departments send as many firefighters and engines as they can to keep small fires from growing out of control.

Windy, dry conditions with low humidity make it difficult to contain fires once they start spreading.

comments powered by Disqus

Top Local Stories