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Newport Beach

Volume 5, Issue 76  |  September 22, 2020

Fire Files

Local firefighters busy throughout Southern California

According to Newport Beach Fire Chief Jeff Boyles, 2020 continues to pose unprecedented challenges, with this year’s fire season officially the worst on record here in California. More than three million acres have now burned throughout the state and Boyles says the future does not show any signs of relief.

Prior to 2020, the highest recorded number of acres burned occurred in 2018 with 1.9 million. 

“The most difficult issue we are currently facing is the sheer volume and locations of the fires,” said Boyles. “In past years, we experienced extreme fire behavior in isolated parts of the State for the most part. Some years, Northern California is hit hard, some years the fires are worse in San Diego or San Bernardino. This year we have spread our firefighters across many parts of the State.”

Fire Files firetruck with helicopter

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Photos courtesy of NBFD

NBFD assists in battling the Valley Fire in San Diego

Boyles reports that during the month of August, the NBFD answered the call and sent 17 firefighters to Northern California (Vacaville, Napa and Santa Cruz). Our crews were only back in town for a few days before re-deploying them to various Southern California fires.

We currently have 11 firefighters working on fires in San Diego, San Bernardino, LA County and Fresno. 

Fire Files firetruck in forest

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Responding to the Santa Cruz fire, NBFD answers the call

“Assistant Chief Justin Carr, who serves as our Operations Chief, has been busy working with our regional dispatch center and allocating our NBFD resources. He has been very busy trying to manage and balance the requests for assistance and meet our demands here in Newport Beach,” added Boyles.

“The NBFD takes great pride in representing our City and department while working with multiple different agencies to assist in the overall efforts of this prolific fire season,” he said.

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