AFD Sends Tender to Ferguson Fire

Courtesy AFD    Alameda Fire Department’s Water Tender No. 2 is helping fight the Ferguson Fire near Yosemite.

The Alameda Fire Department (AFD) sent a water tender to Mariposa County Monday, July 16 to fight the Ferguson Fire that has already engulfed more than 12,000 acres. 

Alameda Water Tender 2 left Alameda to assist with the fire in Mariposa County near Yosemite National Park. It is not known how many AFD personnel traveled to combat the blaze. This is Water Tender 2’s first-ever, out-of-county trip, according to the AFD Facebook page. 

The Ferguson Fire is at 12,525 acres and just five percent contained, as of Tuesday, according to Cal Fire reports. The brush and timber in the region along with hot and dry weather is making it difficult for the 1,486 firefighters to extinguish the flames. Fire crews were met with thick smoke Monday that covered the region and limited the crews’ ability to attack the fire from the air.

The blaze began on Friday, July 13, along Merced River canyon, according to reports. Cal Fire veteran Braden Varney, 36, was killed while combatting the blaze Saturday when his bulldozer flipped into a steep ravine near El Portal. No other injuries have been reported.

AFD sending fire vehicles and personnel to combat fires off the Island is a common occurrence. In December of last year, AFD deployed Engines 296 and 502 to combat two fires in Southern California, one in Sylmar, 25 miles north of Los Angeles and one northeast of Ventura. They also sent engines and crews to fight the North Bay wildfires in October.