We are deeply grateful to the firefighters and other public safety officers and first responders who fought the Silverado and Blue Ridge Fires this week.
Due to their heroic efforts, property damage was kept to a minimum, more than 90,000 people were safely and quickly evacuated — including my family — and no civilians were injured.
However, on the fire’s first day, two firefighters from our Orange County Fire Authority were critically burned by the Silverado Fire.
The two men, ages 26 and 31, were part of a hand crew aggressively battling the flames.
Both received extensive second and third-degree burns. One of the men had burns on 65% of his body while the other had burns on 50%.
As our OCFA Fire Chief Brian Fennessy noted, the seriousness of their injuries reminds us that fighting to protect our communities from these unpredictable wildfires is an extremely dangerous job.
I have received several requests for information about how we can help these gravely injured firefighters.
Here is a statement from OC Firefighters Local 3631, which is organizing a fundraiser to benefit these firefighters through the Fallen Fire Fighter Relief Fund:
“Orange County Firefighters are raising money in support of 2 firefighters critically injured while protecting our community battling the Silverado Fire.
All proceeds donated through this GoFundMe page will go directly to the Fallen Fire Fighter Relief Fund to cover additional costs related to burn care and family support during this difficult time.
If you would like to send cards or well wishes to our 2 firefighters the can be mailed to the address below and we will make sure they get them :
c/o Silverado Fire
1342 Bell Avenue, Suite 3A
Tustin, CA 92780
Please understand that the families have asked us to not release their names as of yet.”
You can also thank our firefighters by contributing to the following organizations:
The OCFA Firefighter’s Benevolent Association
Wildland Firefighter Foundation
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