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Wednesday, August 24, 2011

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STATE SENDS ADDITIONAL RESOURCES TO TANKER CAR FIRE IN LINCOLN

Posted: 24 Aug 2011 06:00 PM PDT

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

For Immediate Release

Contact:  Kelly Huston, Cal EMA

(916) 607-7657

 

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – The California Emergency Management Agency (Cal EMA) is working closely with local officials to provide state and local mutual aid resources for a still-burning 30,000 gallon propane tanker railcar adjacent to a fuel distribution center in Lincoln, CA.  The state has sent mutual aid fire engines, an Incident Management Team and fire experts from Cal EMA to the scene to assist local officials in firefighting and protecting nearby residents.

 

"The quick response by local fire and police departments was the first critical step in successfully containing this and protecting residents," said Mike Dayton, Acting Secretary of the California Emergency Management Agency.  "I commend the quick action of first responders and the sustained support provided by agencies from around the region.  This has been a great example of mutual aid at its best," said Dayton.

 

An East Bay Incident Management Team (IMT) from Alameda and Contra Costa Counties is now on scene assisting the Lincoln Fire Department.  The California Emergency Management Agency dispatched three Chief Officers and Emergency Service Coordinators from the Inland Region to the area to assist with coordination and evacuations.   

 

As of Wednesday evening, there continues to be dozens of fire trucks and apparatus along with specialized equipment from around the region on scene assisting with the fire. This is a mutual aid effort from the local police and fire departments and nearby agencies that have offered help.

 

Officials emphasized the importance of heading evacuation orders, as the possibility of a catastrophic explosion is still high.  "We've learned from history that people who ignore these evacuation orders can end up as fatalities, especially when it comes to high pressure gas tankers on fire for long periods of time," said Dayton.  "Please evacuate to the shelters. That's why they are open."

 

The American Red Cross has set up three evacuation centers — and school schedules in the area have been canceled.

 

For information about evacuations and the latest conditions call the Placer County Office of Emergency Services at (916) 625-5088.  City of Lincoln Emergency Information Line: (916) 434-2450 Red Cross “Safe and Well” website for evacuated people to register/loved ones to find evacuated loved ones: https://safeandwell.communityos.org/cms/index.php or call 1-800-733-2767.

 

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