Answering the call for help for the fourth time in 2017, Utah County Wildland Fire crews left
Spanish Fork the first week of December to help fight the devastating wildfires burning out of
control in Southern California.
The six-person crew, along with one of the county’s Urban Interface fire engine arrived in
Ventura County December 5th. They headed to Acton, California which served as a staging
point before being directed to a final destination. Earlier this year Utah County crews were
dispatched to Northern California as wildfires devastated Sonoma and Napa Counties as well
as Central California.
California fire officials also requested a second fire engine. County officials scrambled to
put together another team, which left on December 10th.
Wind driven fires tore through Southern California cities burning hundreds of homes and
wreaking havoc in people’s lives during the holiday season. The gusty winds driving the
massive blazes made mandatory evacuation necessary.
Utah County officials, according to Utah County Fire Warden Kevin Cortez, were happy the
county was be able to help. He expressed suprise about going so late in the season. “Our
fire seasons seem to be getting longer each year. We know they appreciated the help and
support as they battled another fire emergency.”
Utah County’s Urban Interface fire engines are unique. They are certified to go off-road in
treacherous terrain but also have the ability to fight structural fires as well.
Utah County Wildland Fire Crews
in Southern California