Central Coast fire crews head throughout the state to help fight numerous wildfires

Aug 3, 2015

Central Coast-based fire crews are helping to control some of the dozen or more wildfires currently burning throughout the state.

Santa Barbara County Fire sent a strike team to help fight the Chorro Fire burning in Ventura County.
Credit Ventura County Fire

CAL FIRE San Luis Obispo County says it has sent nine engines and three bulldozers along with a total of 75 personnel to fires in Northern California. Santa Barbara County Fire says a strike team of its engines was  at the Willow Fire northeast of Fresno and another team was at the Chorro fire in Ventura, as of Monday afternoon.

Both local agencies say they have adequate staff on hand should a fire break out at home.

"We make sure that we keep enough equipment in County for our own needs," said Captain David Zaniboni in an email to KCBX.  "We will not be sending anything else out of County."

The largest and fastest-spreading fire as of Monday was the Rocky Fire burning near Clear Lake, northeast of the Bay Area. This is where the majority of San Luis Obispo County's team is headed.

CAL FIRE says this incident grew rapidly over the weekend to more than 60,000 acres, destroying two dozen homes.

As of Monday, it was only 12 percent contained.