All the personnel from the Turlock Fire and Police departments have returned home after helping battle the wildfires burning in parts of California.
The last member, a battalion chief assigned to lead a task force in the Tassajara Fire, was home by Wednesday.
Within days of the Butte Fire and the Valley Fire, the California Office of Emergency Services put out a request to all cities for mutual aid in fighting the massive blazes.
“One of the requests was for a fire crew and engine to protect homes in residential areas threatened by the fire,” said Turlock City Manager Roy Wasden. “We responded to the request and sent an engine and officers assigned to that engine. They run work/rest rotations until they are demobilized or after seven days we send a replacement crew to trade out that crew. In the recent incident the original crew was demobilized as an exchange was about to take place.
“The City is reimbursed for the [personnel’s] time at their overtime rate, reimbursed for the wear and tear on the engine at an agreed upon cost and provided administrative costs at an agreed upon rate,” Wasden added.
The City sent one fire engine with a four person crew from the Turlock Fire Department, as well as three Turlock City Police Officers on Sept. 10.
The Turlock Fire Department also sent one additional battalion chief as a Strike Team Leader for a different Stanislaus County strike team of fire engines to the Butte Fire and an additional Turlock Fire Department Fire Captain was dispatched as a Fire line EMT to the Butte Fire. Both of these fire personnel were later diverted to serve on other fires burning in California before returning home.
As of Friday evening, the Butte Fire is 93 percent contained. It has burned 70,868 acres and destroyed 475 residences, 343 outbuildings, and 42 structures. The Valley Fire is 90 percent contained and has burned 76,067 acres. It resulted in the deaths of four civilians, according to Cal Fire. It destroyed 1,910 structures.