Sacramento, California - Law enforcement mutual aid is rapidly growing as the Butte Fire continues to burn in Calaveras and Amador Counties. At this time there are more than 100 officers and deputies from 23 agencies assigned to the fire to aid in evacuations, potential search and rescues operations, and property protection.
"We're grateful to all law enforcement agencies around the state that have sent officers at the request of OES to aid in community protection," Cal OES Director Mark Ghilarducci said today. "This fire covers a vast, rural area and we need these additional officers to assist the local jurisdictions in the growing and complex disaster."
The fire has burned more than 64,700 acres, is 10% contained and threatening more than 6,150 residences. More than 3300 emergency response personnel are currently working this incident.
On Sept. 10, Cal OES requested and received a Fire Management Assistance Grant from the Federal Emergency Management Agency to assist with fire response costs for agencies combating the Butte Fire. And on Sept. 11, Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. proclaimed a state of emergency for Amador and Calavares counties due to the severity of the incident.
"A significant number of law enforcement assets have been deployed to various fires around the state this season, at times without the benefit of financial reimbursement from the FMAG; it's been neighbor helping neighbor," Cal OES Law Enforcement Branch Chief Mark Pazin said. "Even the smallest agencies have stepped up to the plate by sending one or two of their officers and deputies to help. That's what mutual aid is all about."
Law enforcement mutual aid includes, but is not limited to*:
- 11 Officers - Sacramento County Sheriff
- 2 Officers - Sacramento City PD
- 4 Officers - Folsom PD
- 2 Officers - Citrus Heights PD
- 7 Deputies - El Dorado County Sheriff
- 6 Deputies - Stanislaus County Sheriff
- 11 Deputies - Tuolumne County Sheriff
- 6 Deputies - Yolo County Sheriff
- 12 Deputies - San Joaquin County Sheriff
- 35 Officers - California Highway Patrol
- 10 Officers - California Fish & Wildlife
- 12 Officers, 2 Sgts - Fresno PD
- 6 Deputies - Madera County Sheriff
- 5 Deputies - Merced County Sheriff
- 4 Officers - Los Banos PD
- 2 Officers - Livingston PD
- 4 Deputies - Kings County Sheriff
- 2 Deputies - Tulare County Sheriff
- 1 Dispatcher - Folsom PD
- 2 Dispatchers - Rocklin PD
- 2 Dispatchers - Corcoran PD
- 1 Dispatcher - Tuolumne County Sheriff
- 3 Officers - Turlock PD