Western Slope fire resources headed to California to assist

Chief Deputy White has been assigned to the August Complex Fire for medical assistance.
Chief Deputy White has been assigned to the August Complex Fire for medical assistance.(Clifton Fire Protection District)
Published: Sep. 16, 2020 at 10:40 AM MDT
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GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KJCT) - While Colorado wildfires are beginning to wind down, fires are continuing to fan out across California and into Oregon and Washington. Numerous fires on the west coast are burning over 100,000 acres, and resources are starting to thin out.

To aid their partners out west, the Clifton Fire Protection District (CFPD) is sending limited resources to the August Complex Fire that is burning near Redding, California. Deputy Chief White with the CFPD has been assigned to provide medical assistance there and will be working as a Medical Unit Leader.

The fire has burned nearly 800,000-acres and is the largest in California’s history.

“For us to be able to return the favor and fill a resource need for another state, another community, is something that we’re proud and honored to be able to do,” says fire chief, Charles Balke.

All costs of sending out fire personnel are reimbursed and end up generating a bit of revenue for local fire authorities.

The wildfires in Colorado are being brought under control which is a great thing. Unfortunately the fires in California...

Posted by Clifton Fire Protection District on Tuesday, September 15, 2020

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