The California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services (Cal OES), in conjunction with state, local and federal partners, is coordinating the deployment of mutual aid resources in support of the Mill and Mountain fires in Siskiyou County.
The Mill Fire ignited on September 2 near the city of Weed. As of September 5, the fire has burned more than 4,263 acres and is 40 percent contained. The Mountain Fire, also in Siskiyou County, ignited east of Gazelle Mountain on September 2 and has burned 10,338 acres and is 10 percent contained.
Cal OES has deployed 126 local government and OES engines and 512 personnel through the state’s Fire and Rescue Mutual Aid System.
The Cal OES Fire and Rescue Division coordinates the California Fire and Rescue Mutual Aid System, which moves local government resources across the state in support of all-risk emergency response on behalf of local, state, and federal government fire organizations. Cal OES assigns local government fire agencies with fire apparatus to maintain surge capacity during day-to-day duties and major events/emergencies.
The public is urged to remain aware of their surrounding conditions and to avoid outdoor activities that can cause a spark near dry vegetation, such as yard work, target shooting, or campfires and follow local fire restrictions. The public is also reminded to have an emergency plan in place, emergency preparedness kits at home and vehicles full of fuel. Sign-up for emergency alerts, listen to local authorities and warnings, and be prepared to evacuate if necessary.
The Cal OES Warning Center and State Operations Center will monitor conditions and be ready for further resource requests as necessary.