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FEMA assigns Travis as installation support base for Wine Country Fire

Flames and glow from out of control wildfire with large swirl of flame in Napa County, Calif., Oct. 10, 2017. Active wildfires in California have burned an estimated 1,500 homes and commercial structures, scorched more than 115,000 acres and reportedly killed 15 people.

Flames and glow from out of control wildfire with large swirl of flame in Napa County, Calif., Oct. 10, 2017. Active wildfires in California have burned an estimated 1,500 homes and commercial structures, scorched more than 115,000 acres and reportedly killed 15 people. (Courtesy photo by Keith Johnson)

TRAVIS AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. --

At the request of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency, Travis was designated an installation support base during the response to the Atlas Fire, which has spread across Northern California since Oct. 8.

The base will house one bus, three tractor trailers with food, 15 ambulances and 30 personnel from FEMA, which are being transported via truck to the base. They began arriving at 11 a.m., Oct. 12 and are coordinating response efforts from Travis.

Twenty-two additional tractor trailers and 100 ambulances are expected to arrive by tomorrow morning.

Several organizations across Travis will support FEMA, including the 60th Aerial Port Squadron, which will provide the staging area and space necessary to assist with fire relief efforts.

Additionally, Travis is assisting civil authorities in firefighting and relief efforts across the Bay Area. Three Travis firetrucks and 10 fire personnel from the 60th Civil Engineer Squadron fire and emergency services flight were staged west of Fairfield, California, Oct. 10 to 11. The trucks aided local fire departments in defending properties, controlling the fire and refilling 15-25 other trucks with water. Their efforts assisted in structural protection across the area.

Five fire personnel and three firetrucks aided fire response efforts in the Rancho Solano area of Fairfield. Two firefighters responded with the base water tender to Dixon, California, in response to a 3-alarm fire. Additional personnel and equipment remain on standby at the base.

Two 1.2 megawatt generators were transported to the Green Valley Water Treatment Plant Oct. 10 and remain at the plant to provide power. A team of 19 personnel from the 60th CES, the 60th Logistics Readiness Squadron and the Civil Engineer Maintenance Incident Response Team remains on standby if further assistance is needed.

Travis remains ready to respond to requests from civil authorities with additional personnel and resources.

Media is invited to come to the base at 3 p.m. today. Opportunities include phone interviews with a FEMA representative, the Travis fire team and other Travis representatives and b-roll of the Travis fire station and FEMA staging area. For additional questions and to RSVP, please contact the 60th Air Mobility Wing public affairs office by phone at (707) 424-2011 or email 60AMWPA@us.af.mil.