A Los Angeles County firefighter monitors approaching flames near a building as an out-of-control wildfire moves through the area on October 9, 2017 in Yountville, north of Napa.

A Los Angeles County firefighter monitors approaching flames near a building as an out-of-control wildfire moves through the area on Oct. 9, 2017, in Yountville, north of Napa. (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

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Local fire agencies are stepping up in an effort to fight wildfires throughout Northern California: Alameda County, Redwood City and San Bruno are just some of the departments helping to fight the Tubbs and Atlas fires in Sonoma and Napa counties.

The California Office of Emergency Services is helping to coordinate the response, said spokesman Shawn Boyd.

Boyd said Cal OES has agreements with city and county agencies to provide first responders in emergencies.

“We also have mutual aid agreements and assistance through the military, including Cal Guard and the Air National Guard,” he said. “Any time that we need to call on them for their resources, they’re there for us.”

The California National Guard is providing six helicopters to assist with medical evacuations and firefighting efforts.

Approximately 100 troops are also being deployed to assist local communities.

Officials at Cal Fire, the state’s fire agency, said they are also working closely with OES and have brought in strike teams from Southern California to help fight the fires. Boyd said these relationships are vital for getting a grip on the fires throughout the state.

“This is a critical moment right now for California and the mutual aid resources that we’re relying on to make sure that we stop this thing in its tracks,” he says.

The state has requested additional crews through the U.S. Forest Service. But for the most part the focus remains on obtaining help from within California.

While the state of emergency declared by Gov. Jerry Brown makes it easy to request assistance from other states, for now Cal Fire officials believe they have plenty of help at home.

Still, Vice President Mike Pence, at an appearance outside Sacramento, said, “I can assure you, as I did the governor, the federal government stands ready to provide any and all assistance to the state of California as your courageous firefighters and first responders confront this widening challenge.”

California Marshals Resources to Fight Wildfires 11 October,2017Katie Orr


Katie Orr

Katie Orr is a Sacramento-based reporter for KQED’s Politics and Government  Desk, covering the state Capitol and a variety of issues including women in politics, voting and elections and legislation. Prior to joining KQED in 2016, Katie was state government reporter for Capital Public Radio in Sacramento. She’s also worked for KPBS in San Diego, where she covered City Hall.

Katie received her masters degree in political science from San Diego State University and holds a Bachelors degree in broadcast journalism from Arizona State University.

In 2015 Katie won a national Clarion Award for a series of stories she did on women in California politics. She’s been honored by the Society for Professional Journalists and, in 2013, was named by The Washington Post as one of the country’s top state Capitol reporters.   She’s also reported for the award-winning documentary series The View from Here and was part of the team that won  national PRNDI and  Gabriel Awards in 2015. She lives in Sacramento with her husband. Twitter: @1KatieOrr