Bel-Air wildfire joins the siege across Southern California

Motorists on Highway 101 watch flames from the Thomas fire leap above the roadway north of Ventura.

Firefighters from across Napa County were sent to Southern California this week to assist in fighting wildfires that have burned more than 100,000 acres since Sunday.

The Cal Fire Sonoma-Lake-Napa Unit has sent a total of four strike teams to Southern California fires, each bringing with them five wildland fire engines and a strike team leader, Capt. Scott Augustine said. Two teams were deployed on Tuesday, one was deployed on Wednesday and one was deployed Thursday.

Napa City Fire sent one engine and five personnel down to the Thomas Fire in Ventura County on Tuesday, said Capt. Aaron Baracco. They will be there indefinitely “until the fires are under control,” he said.

Calistoga Fire Department dispatched one fire engine and three firefighters on Tuesday to assist in the Creek Fire in Los Angeles County, officials said.

Calistoga’s E419 was deployed as part of Napa County Strike Team 2200C to the Creek Fire in Los Angeles County, sending Captain Jason Tamagni, firefighter/operator Blake McCormick, and firefighter/operator Ryan Smithers, who will be providing assistance along with colleagues from American Canyon Fire, St. Helena City Fire and Napa County Fire.

Angwin Volunteer Fire Department firefighter Selena Diaz deployed with one of the county’s strike teams on Tuesday.

The Weekly Calistogan contributed to this article.

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Maria Sestito is the former Napa Valley Register public safety reporter. She now writes for the Register as a freelancer.