A highly trained CAL FIRE Incident Management Team is now coordinating the attack on the 1,157 acre "Robbers Fire" in Placer County. The wildfire is burning three miles northwest of the community of Foresthill and was only 10% contained Officials say 150 residences are threatened and 1,368 personnel are assigned to try and get the upper hand on the fire.
"We've had a brief reprieve from large fire activity the last two years," says Chief Ken Pimlott, director of CAL FIRE. "But the exceptionally dry winter has set the stage for a more active fire season this year and we're seeing fire activity now that we would typically not see until late August."
Governor Brown also directed the California National Guard to activate five specially equipped UH-60 Black Hawk helicopters and trained guard personnel to assist state and local firefighters as well as emergency management and mutual aid resources available through the California Emergency Management Agency (Cal EMA).
"The California Military Department is supporting CAL FIRE and CAL EMA to provide critical resources and personnel to protect the residents affected by these wildfires," says Maj. Gen. David S. Baldwin, Adjutant General, California Military Department. "We are prepared to provide additional support and stand ready wherever and whenever we are needed," he says.