Nearly a dozen local firefighters and two police officers have left for Tuolumne County to help battle the fast-growing Rim Fire near Yosemite.
California’s Office of Emergency Services requested that Lodi send one engine containing one captain, one engineer and two firefighters to a fire that’s exploded to more than 53,000 acres since Saturday, according to Lodi Fire Department Division Chief Amiee New.
New said Lodi’s firefighters would likely be involved in protecting structures, evacuation or attacking the fire.
“It depends on the biggest need at that time,” she said.
The four members of Lodi’s fire department will be gone a maximum of 14 days.
The Office of Emergency Services will provide the Lodi Fire Department with funds to hire replacements while the four firefighters are away.
The Lodi Police Department will also send two officers, who will spend Friday possibly conducting traffic control or protecting fire engines.
The Woodbridge Fire Department sent a lieutenant and three firefighters, while the Liberty Fire District has sent an assistant chief and two firefighters.
The fire closed Highway 120 into Yosemite on Tuesday, and investigators still don’t know the cause.