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Butte County Sheriff’s Office assists Cal Fire/Butte County Fire during Saddle Fire

Tuesday, September 13, 2016/Categories: Press Release

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Oroville- 9/13/16
With the announcement from Cal Fire/Butte County Fire that the Saddle Fire is 100% contained, the Butte County Sheriff’s Office, (BCS0) completed a review of the role played by BCSO personnel in assisting Cal Fire during the fire, which burned 850 acres in Butte County and destroyed three structures. A total of 1,750 homes were within the evacuation order area. Sheriff’s Deputies and volunteer members from Search and Rescue, went door-to-door evacuating homes in the fire’s path. Many patrol units came in during scheduled days off to assist in evacuations, road blocks and patrolling evacuated areas to deter looting.

The Saddle Fire also knocked out internet service at the Butte County Sheriff’s Office for two days. Public Safety Dispatchers with BCSO rely on the internet during large scale events such as wildfires to communicate emergency messages (e.g. reverse 9-1-1 calls) to the public and coordinate the response of members of the Sheriff’s Office. Several dispatchers used their personal cellular telephones to help get the emergency messages out and coordinate response efforts with members of the department, while also fielding 9-1-1 and non-emergency calls coming into the Sheriff’s Office.
Cal Fire/Butte County Fire activated their Fire Information Call Center at 5:00 p.m. on Monday, September 5th, staffed by department Volunteers-In-Prevention. While the center experienced phone problems that were unrelated to the radio and phone issue caused by the fire, they still fielded over 1,200 calls from the public through Thursday, September 8th, providing current information on the fire, evacuation status, road closures and shelter information.

The Butte County Sheriff’s Office Alternative Custody Supervision Crew (ACS) had previously conducted a fuels reduction fire break behind the Quails Trails Mobile Home Park on Pentz Road which aided Cal Fire/Butte County Fire with saving structures and stopping the fire from spreading in the area.

The Butte County Sheriff’s Mounted Posse also assisted during the Saddle Fire, with the staging of horse trailers to help evacuate horses and other livestock.
BCSO is committed to public safety and all members of the Sheriff’s Office are happy to assist other agencies during emergencies.
For more information:
BCSO Community Relations Unit- (530) 538-6670
Megan McMann
Community Relations Coordinator
Butte County Sheriff’s Office
33 County Center Dr.
Oroville, Ca. 95965

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