Cal Fire adding resources amid fire threat in San Diego County

Posted at 1:43 PM, Dec 05, 2017
and last updated 2017-12-06 18:35:48-05

Gusty Santa Ana winds and dry conditions are expected to prevail throughout the rest of the week, forcing fire departments and Cal Fire to add resources in the event that a fire breaks out in San Diego County.

The Ramona Air Base has four helicopters in place, ready to take off at a moment’s notice. The base also has two air tankers on standby.

INTERACTIVE MAP: Thomas Fire coverage map, evacuation zones

Cal Fire released the following list of resources they've made available amid the ongoing threat: 

  • 44 engines with 5 Brush engines from SDFD for a total of 49
  • 3  Bulldozers
  • 11 Hand Crews
  • 4 Water Tenders  

Air Resources

  • 2 Air Tankers
  • 2 Super Scoopers
  • 4 Water Dropping Helicopters

Out of County Resources

  • 5 Brush engines
  • 1 Bulldozer
  • 12 Overhead
  • 2 Handcrews

Cal Fire also said Tuesday that both the Navy and Marine Corps have confirmed their availability should they be requested. 

Officials also say resources are being moved from northern California to southern California to help battle ongoing fires and be prepared should more fires erupt.

The San Diego Fire and Rescue Department has also taken additional precautions, adding two strike teams of 10 brush rigs, one strike team of five fire engines, two water tenders and two helicopters.

Out of County Resources 5 Brush engines 1 Bulldozer 12 Overhead 2 Handcrews

RELATED: Santa Ana winds to increase fire danger over the next week in San Diego County

Santa Ana winds are expected to continue through Saturday with the greatest threat for wildfires set to take place on Friday and Saturday.

Fire departments and Cal Fire are also sending resources to help battle the Ventura County fire, dubbed the Thomas Fire. 

RELATED: Wildfires burning in Ventura, Los Angeles Counties: What we know

So far, Cal Fire has sent 22 firefighters to Ventura County. Chula Vista, Poway, Lakeside, Fallbrook and Rancho Santa Fe Fire Departments have also sent a combines 22 firefighters. 

Tuesday afternoon, a state of emergency was declared for Los Angeles County as the creek fire continued to scorch thousands of acres.