Brothers and Sisters,
As I write this, many of you have been on the frontlines for days and weeks with little relief. Your family and friends have not seen much of you this summer, and you've missed family birthdays and gatherings. For that, and more, we cannot thank you enough. The communities you are protecting cannot thank you enough.
This summer has been devastating for both the people we protect and our membership. The Valley and Butte Fires have claimed an enormous amount of civilian personal property and some of our members have sustained major losses as well. Our four members in the hospital are on the road to recovery, they have great support from Firefighter Burn Institute, CDF Firefighters Benevolent Foundation,  CALFIRE LNU unit and of course CALFIRE Local 2881. Our CDF Firefighters Benevolent Foundation has been engaged in delivering financial aid to our members and others who are in need of assistance. 
As we work through the rest of the summer, please take care of your families and your fellow employees. 

Fraternally,
 
Mike Lopez
President
CAL FIRE Local 2881






CAL FIRE Local 2881 
PRESS RELEASE

STATE FIREFIGHTERS LOSE THEIR OWN HOMES AS THEY FIGHT FIRES IN OTHER COMMUNITIES

 They Voice No Regret at Putting Service to Others at the Expense of Their Own Property
 
The Families of the Firefighters are Safe

 CAL FIRE Local 2881, representing the 6,500 firefighters of CAL FIRE, is making emergency donations to the families of eight firefighters who have lost their homes in the past several days.
 
"We are giving our
firefighters some emergency spending money since so many of them have lost almost everything they owned," said Mike Lopez, President of CAL FIRE Local 2881. "We are also hearing this afternoon that two or three other firefighters may have lost their homes, too."
 
Two of the stories:
 
Paul Duncan, 46, Battalion Chief with CAL FIRE, has been working fires for CAL FIRE for 14 years and has been on fire lines since he was 18.  Paul was on his day off when he responded to a fire in the town of Cobb, about twenty miles from his home.
He left behind his wife, who was recovering from back surgery just the day before and two daughters, aged 17 and 15.
 
He received a panic call from his family that a fire was approaching their home. Paul was able to talk to his wife and daughters as they drove through flames and burning landscape. 
 
Their four-bedroom and three-bath house burned to the ground. The Duncan family lost everything except some clothes,
paper work and a computer. A World War I souvenir from his grandfather, a 1911 Colt 45, is also gone forever.
 
"I would have gone to Cobb even if I'd known the outcome at my own home," Duncan said.
"I am a firefighter because I think I can make a change when times are tough and service to the community matters
... of course, I would have loaded up my truck with more things and gotten my family out of there sooner.
 
"There ha ve  b een a lot of tears, a lot of hugs and important family time since the loss," Duncan said.
 
Robert Taylor, 24, Firefighter I, has been with CAL FIRE for two years. He works out of the Kelsey-Cobb Station in Lake County, but he was fighting the fire in Butte County - on this assignment for a day-and-a-half.
 
He did not have cell coverage. The incident commander said he'd heard that the fire was intense in Lake County and that structures were being lost.
 
Once Robert got cell coverage
again he accessed the calls from his mother three hours
late . His family was being evacuated and she wanted instructions on what to do. By the time Robert reached
her she'd been evacuated to Middletown High School and they were being evacuated again to the Calistoga Evacuation Center at the fairgrounds.
 
His mom said she was sure the house was a loss.
 
"I was put
on a new engine when I returned to Kelsey-Cobb," Robert said. "I eventually came across my neighborhood and all of the houses in the neighborhood, including mine, were gone. We lived in that house since I was in the third grade. We lost everything. My family got out -mom, dad and my little brother (17). They saved some clothes and pictures and heirlooms from grandma.
 
"In all honesty, I haven't had time to think about the house," Taylor said.  "I am still in the help-others mode. If I can prevent this happening to other
people then I will. I am still in structure
defense . I'm afraid that if I s lowed down and thought about the loss it would eat me up. I am staying strong for the family."
 
Taylor is ready to continue fighting fires. "I am hearing about other firefighters who have lost their homes, too. The fire doesn't recognize who owns the homes. It just burns. We are at the mercy of the fires." 





CDF Firefighters Benevolent Foundation (Click  here to donate) 
is currently, working with CAL FIRE Local 2881, to identify CAL FIRE employees, CAL FIRE Retired, and other fire agency personnel who have lost their homes in the Valley and Butte Fires. The Foundation is issuing checks to these individuals to help with their immediate financial needs.
We also want to acknowledge Wildland Firefighters Foundation (click  here to donate), the Fire Family Fund (click  here to donate), and the Firefighters Burn Institute (Click here to donate) who have stepped up to financially assist us in supporting our firefighters in their time of need.




IN THE NEWS
California wildfires: 23,000 people displaced from homes. 



The Governor of California has declared a State of Emergency after wildfires forced about 23,000 people to flee their homes in the north of the state.
 
Click  here to view the full article.  

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Butte Fire at 71,660 Acres, 37% containd
capradio
9/15/2015
 
8 a.m.  In the foothills, the Butte Fire has grown to more than 71,000 acres. Cal Fire has it 37 percent contained.
More than 160 residents of Amador and Calaveras Counties have had their homes destroyed by the blaze, with 6,400 structures still threatened.
Read full story  here

UPCOMING EVENTS
IAFF 29TH ANNUAL FALLEN FIREFIGHTERS  MEMORIAL  
September 19th @ 11am

CALPERS BENEFITS EDUCATION EVENT
September 18 @ 8:30am - 
September 19 @ 4pm

34TH ANNUAL FALLEN FIREFIGHTER MEMORIAL   
October 3 - October 4

CALIFORNIA FALLEN FIREFIGHTER MEMORIAL  
October 17  @ 11:30am

CDF FIREFIGHTERS BENEVOLENT FOUNDATION 3RD ANNUAL GOLF  TOURNAMENT
October 15 @ 9:30am

 
For the full even t calendar:
http://www.calfirelocal2881.org/events/


CURRENT FIRE INFORMATION
 
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