Coast Guard evacuates four from brush fire on Kimball Island

Pacific Southwest Coast Guard News
ALAMEDA, Calif. – The Coast Guard evacuated four people from a brush fire on Kimball Island in the San Joaquin River, Sacramento, Calif., Tuesday, January 14, 2014.

At approximately 3 p.m., Coast Guard Station Rio Vista received a call from the Solano County Sheriff’s department, requesting assistance with a possible evacuation on Kimball Island. The Coast Guard launched a 29-foot vessel and were the first responders on scene.

“It started as a 10-foot brush fire. With the wind increasing five knots, it kept spreading the fire,” said Petty Officer 3rd Class Josh Lemas.

When the Coast Guard arrived on scene, the crew assessed the situation, and evacuated four people from the island. Once aboard the 29-foot Coast Guard boat, the four individuals were transferred to a responding Coast Guard Auxiliary boat.

“We don’t receive many calls regarding fires on land, but we prepare for any circumstance,” said Petty Officer 2nd Class Brian Lawler. “We worked together as a unit to help and assist the people on the island to complete another successful mission.”

Station Rio Vista is located in the Sacramento River Region of California. The station’s area of responsibility includes 1,500 miles of rivers and sloughs. The station’s primary missions are search and rescue and law enforcement, with approximately 400 to 500 cases per year.

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