San Diego Fire-Rescue on standby during heat wave

San Diego Fire-Rescue on standby during heat wave
Posted at 11:43 AM, Jul 06, 2018
and last updated 2018-07-06 14:43:54-04

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) - San Diego Fire-Rescue is boosting crews available to fight any fires that may break out during the hot weather.

Conditions are dry due to years of drought, fire officials said. Significant fuel has built up, with potential for disaster in the event of a fire.

Five brush engines and two water tenders will be staffed Friday from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. The resources will also be available for 12 hours on Saturday and Sunday.

Brush engines carry more than 500 gallons of water and are staffed by a crew of four firefighters each, according to San Diego Fire-Rescue. Water tenders carry 3,000 gallons of water and supply engines at brush fires. 

“Increasing staffing and apparatus allow us to deploy additional resources in an effort to keep fires small,” said Interim Fire Chief Kevin Ester. “I strongly encourage residents to do all they can in advance for what we believe will be a very busy summer of fires.” 

Firefighters are encouraging the public to create a disaster plan for their families.