Senate District 29 Supports Firefighters on Frontline of Massive El Dorado Fire

Monday, September 28, 2020

SACRAMENTO – Senator Ling Ling Chang (R-Diamond Bar) recently joined members of a widespread interagency effort from CAL FIRE, San Bernardino National Forest, San Bernardino County Fire, San Bernardino County Sheriffs, California Highway Patrol and additional agencies, to tour the wildfire-damaged communities impacted by the destructive El Dorado Fire. The wildfire, at 92% containment, has burned 22,680 acres of land, destroyed five homes, and claimed the life of one firefighter.

After the tour, Senator Chang participated in a briefing at the Yucaipa Regional Park, thanked the 1200 firefighters who have been on the frontline battling this stubborn vegetation fire, and delivered essential supplies donated by Walgreens Store 6157 of West Anaheim, Compassionate Service Society, and Phật Giáo Hòa Hảo of Central Orange County from California’s 29th Senate District, including 160 packs of disinfectant wipes, 1200 N99 masks, and 1000 cloth masks.

“The community of the 29th Senate District owes so much to our brave firefighters who have worked long hours away from their families to keep us safe. From well-wish cards and posters to essential products such as cleaning wipes, cloth and N99 masks, it was an honor for me to deliver these items and personally thanked the firefighters for their sacrifice away from their loved ones to keep us all safe.  

“These first responders are heroes and the death of one of their own is a grim reminder of the dark reality of the dangers of their profession. I offer my condolences to the family of that brave firefighter from the El Dorado Fire. Whether it is a house or a vegetation fire, firefighters are the first to rush in to help save lives which is why over the years, I have co-authored and supported legislation to give our firefighters the necessary tools to save lives,” said Senator Chang.

"Incident commander Michael Wakoski would like to thank all the communities impacted by the El Dorado Fire for their patience, understanding, and support as we managed the fire over the past several days," said Jay Nichols, Public Information Officer for U.S. Forest Service.

Senator Chang has co-authored Senate Bill 833 (2018) which requires the Office of Emergency Services to develop protocols for a statewide emergency alert system. In addition, she has supported the following legislation:

  • SB 632 (2019) which sets a deadline for completion of CAL FIRE’s vegetation management environmental review.
  • SB 209 (2019) which requires the Office of Emergency Services (OES) and the Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE) to jointly establish and lead the Wildfire Forecast and Threat Intelligence Integration Center. This center is designed to serve as the state’s hub for wildfire forecasting, weather information, and threat intelligence gathering, analysis, and dissemination, and to coordinate wildfire threat intelligence and data sharing.

For inquiries about El Dorado Fire, please contact 2020.eldorado@firenet.gov.

Photographs of the tour are available for media outlets to use for publication. Please reach out to Stephanie.Hu@sen.ca.gov.