After a two-week deployment to the Lodge Lightning Complex fire in Mendocino County, Lakeside Brush 1 returned home on the evening of August 16, 2014. Brush 1 was dispatched on August 2 as part of a type-3 engine strike team from San Diego County's Central Zone pursuant to a resource request through California's Fire Mutual Aid System. Consisting of five type 3 (brush) engines and a leader (chief officer), strike teams are among the most commonly used firefighting resource for wildland fires.
In addition to the Lakeside brush engine, Strike Team 6440C consisted of engines from Santee (Br4), Barona (Br27), Viejas (Br25), and Alpine (Br17). The 15 firefighters were led by Division Chief Brad Rushing (Div4702) from the Alpine Fire District.
The Lodge Lightning Complex is a series of lightning-caused fires in heavy timber along Highway 101 in Northern California. The fires started on July 30 and have burned more than 12,000 acres.
|Brush 1 crew back home after two-week deployment. From left, FF-PM Josh Raczka, Captain Ian Lowe, Engineer Steve Schleif.|
Post and photo by: Captain Scott Culkin, Lakeside Fire District