Alameda Firefighters Remain at Ferguson Fire

Alameda Fire Department    Alameda Fire Department’s Water Tender 2 awaits a call to service at the Ferguson Fire burning near Yosemite National Park.

Two Alameda Fire Department (AFD) firefighters remain at the Ferguson Fire with Water Tender Two (WT-2). They are assisting in fighting the blaze burning in Mariposa County in the Merced River Canyon near Yosemite National Park. AFD Capt. Jim Colburn said that WT-2 is supplying water to many of the engines — 194 at the latest count — currently fighting the blaze. “Engines typically hold between 300 and 500 gallons of water,” Colburn said. WT-2 holds 3,000 gallons. 

On Monday, July 16, WT-2 and its firefighters became part of an army — some 3,311 strong from as far away as Virginia —battling the Ferguson Fire, named for Ferguson Ridge, the site of its flashpoint. (“AFD Sends Tender to Ferguson Fire,” July 19). 

According to Cal Fire at 6 a.m., Tuesday, July 24:  

  • Ninety-one hand crews, usually consisting of 18-20 firefighters each, are on the fire’s front lines. Firefighters are working 12 hours on duty and 12 hours off. 
  • Along with the 194 engines, firefighters are using 45 water tenders, 16 helicopters and 52 dozers to help fight the blaze.
  • The conflagration has consumed some 36,587 acres — 57 square miles — with 25 percent containment. Cal Fire stated that it  cannot predict full containment. 
  • The Ferguson Fire has killed one firefighter and injured six. 
Alameda Fire Department    An engine from the San Diego Fire Department replenishes its supply of water from Alameda Fire Department’s Water Tender Two. A typical engine holds up to 500 gallons of water and depends on a water tender with its 3,000-galllon capacity for resupply during a longer assignment like the Ferguson Fire.