Merced crews helping fight San Diego fires

05/16/2014 4:39 PM

05/16/2014 4:40 PM

Merced firefighters have been dispatched as part of two regional strike teams to help combat fires in San Diego County.

Additional equipment from the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection Madera-Mariposa-Merced Unit has also been sent to help.

Michael Wilkinson, Merced’s interim city fire chief, said four city firefighters left Wednesday as part of the first regional strike team.

“They were originally dispatched to Carlsbad, but that could change, depending on the conditions down there,” Wilkinson said.

Four crews and 10 engines have seen sent from the unit, according to Cal Fire spokeswoman Karen Guillemin.

San Diego County officials said Friday that five wildfires have been 100 percent contained. Officials said firefighters also had 90 percent containment of the week’s first big fire, which started Tuesday in Rancho Bernardo.

Crews focused efforts on two large fires, one in San Marcos and two at the Marine Corps’ Camp Pendleton.

The San Marcos fire burned more than 3,000 acres and forced thousands from their homes. The two Camp Pendleton fires have burned more than 14,000 acres of military land.

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