CCC crews have been dispatched by CAL FIRE or the U.S. Forest Service to nearly every major fire since 1976. The CCC has assisted with both initial attack on the fire lines as well as logistical support at the fire camps.
Seven of the early CCC centers were fire centers, jointly operated with the (then) California Division of Forestry. They provided corpsmembers with intensive fire training as well as front-line firefighting experience. To this day, firefighting opportunities attract many applicants to join the program.
From 1976 to 1980, corpsmembers fought 315 fires. Listed below are some of the major fires where the CCC provided assistance.
1977 Sycamore Canyon Fire, Santa Barbara
1985 Normal Heights Fire, San Diego
1986 Los Angeles Central Library Fire
1991 Oakland Hills Fire
1993 Laguna Beach Fire, Old Topanga Fire (Malibu)
1996 Harmony Grove Fire, San Diego County; Fork Fire, Lake County
2001 Viejas Fire, San Diego County
2003 Old Fire, San Bernardino County; Cedar Fire, San Diego County
2007 Witch Fire, San Diego County
2007 Angora Fire, El Dorado County
2008 22 wildfires -- 768 corpsmembers dispatched (June 26) , the CCC’s largest fire response
2009 Station Fire, Los Angeles County
In photos above, CCC crews helped with recovery efforts in burned residential areas as well as on hillsides after the 1991 Oakland Hills fire.
Not only does the CCC help in putting out fires and assisting with fire camp operations during major fires, but it often returns to the fire site to help with rehabilitation of burned areas. Among the large-scale rehabilitation efforts were the CCC’s recovery work after the 1991 Oakland Hills fire; involvement in Operation Phoenix in the Klamath National Forest following the 1987 wildfires; two crews sent to work in Yellowstone National Park after the 1988 fires there, and work in the Tahoe Basin following the 2007 Angora Fire.
Erosion control efforts following the 2007 Angora Fire in the Tahoe Basin.