YUMA, Ariz. - The Yuma Fire Department was requested to assist the task force fighting the "Creek" fire at the Angeles National Forest, near San Fernando, Calif. on Tuesday around 1:30 p.m.
Within the following hour, an engine and four YFD personnel departed from Yuma to meet with other members of the Imperial Valley Task Force.
Pre-designated YFD personnel certified for wildland firefighting gathered at Fire Station #1 and loaded a designated fire engine with the necessary equipment. YFD personnel will be prepared to be sent with the task force for up to two weeks.
The area where the "Creek" fire is burning is approximately 300 miles from Yuma.
The fire is reported to have burned 11,000 acres and has 400 personnel are working to control the fire.
There is currently limited information regarding the "Creek" Fire at this time. We will keep you updated with any new information as it becomes available.
YFD personnel was last deployed with the strike team or task force was in July, to the "Detwiler" fire near Mariposa, Calif.