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Local Firefighters Ready To Assist With Oroville Dam Emergency

MARIPOSA — The Cal Fire Madera-Mariposa-Merced Unit (MMU) has personnel ready to respond if needed to assist in the Oroville area as thousands evacuate the area below the dam.

Just before 5 p.m. yesterday, residents of Oroville and surrounding communities along the Feather River were ordered to leave immediately as officials feared the auxiliary spillway at the Oroville dam was in danger of imminent failure. KCRA 3 in Sacramento reports that some 188,000 people have been evacuated.

Cal Fire MMU has so far sent one person as part of an Incident Management Team 3, and two others to support the evacuation efforts in Chico.

One Battalion Chief and five MMU engines have been designated to form a Strike Team to respond for assistance if needed. In the meantime, firefighters continue to respond to local emergencies and do project work in the mountain area.

To watch live news coverage online as the incident unfolds, click here.

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