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Bootjack Fire Station Water Storage Project

The “Bootjack Fire Station Water Storage Project” included the installation of a new water tank at a local fire station in the disadvantaged community of Bootjack. The project’s purpose was to increase local water storage to fight the growing number of wildfires in the region.

Technical description

The district installed the new tank in the spring of 2022 and finalized testing before receiving a certificate of completion in mid-July. A few days later, the Oak Fire ignited and quickly devoured more than 19,000 acres and 124 structures in the community.

Located south of the fire, the new water tank helped firefighters respond quickly by supplying easily accessible water to water tenders. Water tenders are used to help firefighters transport water from a water to the scene of the fire. The new system can now fill two water tenders in 10 minutes and reduced the turnaround time for water tenders replenish their water supply and return to the scene from 60 minutes to 30 minutes. 

As of August, the tank provided 500,000 gallons of water for firefighting and mop-up operations, including dowsing burning ashes and extinguishing other burning materials. County fire personnel also shared that the tank helped save some homes in the area.

The raging fire is now under control. Representatives from the district attribute the new system for part of the success of putting out the fire.

Bootjack Fire Station Water Storage Project

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Resource Type: Invertebrates
Conservation Targets: At-Risk Species, Native Grasslands, Sagebrush
Threats/Stressors: Wildfire Risk/Fuel Loads