Lake Tahoe Basin Operational Area, CA/NV December 5, 2017 – Over fifteen engines, making up three strike teams, have been deployed from the Tahoe Basin Operational Area to the Thomas Fire near Ventura County, CA. The Thomas Fire started on December 4, at approximately 6:28 pm and is currently around 45,000 acres. The Thomas fire is being managed in Unified Command with Ventura County Fire, City of Santa Paula FD and Ventura City Fire.

The Tahoe Basin Operational Area is one of twelve operational areas within Region IV Cal EMA Fire & Rescue Mutual Aid System. The Tahoe Basin Operational Area is made up of State of California local government fire resources and State of Nevada local government fire resources specifically serving the needs of the California Statewide Mutual Aid System. Engines assigned to the numerous strike teams deployed include; Tahoe Douglas Fire, East Fork Fire, Truckee Fire, North Tahoe Fire, Lake Valley Fire, Truckee Meadows Fire, Sparks Fire, Amador Fire, Mule Creek Fire, North Lake Tahoe Fire, Carson City Fire, South Lake Tahoe Fire, Central Lyon County Fire, and Fallen Leaf Fire.

A fourth strike team has recently been ordered to assist with an additional wildfire burning in Southern California. Resources assigned to the fourth strike team are in the process of being assigned to the incident.

Within the California OES Region IV, over ninety engines have been deployed to assist with the fires.