Santa Monica fire fighters helped during the Colby Fire in Glendora last week by protecting homes, a water facility and some avocado orchards, officials said.
Two engine companies were dispatched on Jan. 16 as a strike team with others from Beverly Hills and Culver City. It took about two hours for them to travel to the southwest portion of the fire. The SMFD strike team spent approximately 27 hours on the fire line and returned to Santa Monica Jan. 17 around 2 p.m., officials said.
There was no interruption in emergency services to the Santa Monica community while the strike team was deployed as backfill crews were immediately called in to cover, said Fire Chief Scott Ferguson.
The Colby Fire burned 1,900 acres as of Monday morning. The fire was at least 78 percent contained by Sunday night as the last mandatory evacuation orders were lifted over the weekend, according to reports.
The fire, which broke out Jan. 16, has destroyed at least five homes and 11 other structures. Authorities believe the fire was sparked by an illegal campfire. Three men are in custody for starting the fire and could face federal charges.
Gusty Santa Ana winds helped fan the flames. The Santa Anas typically begin in the fall and last through winter into spring. A wet winter reduces fire risk, but the whole state is experiencing historically dry conditions.