The CAL FIRE / San Luis Obispo Unit staffs 3 ICS
type 2 dozers within the County. They are strategically placed
for initial attack response, averaging 20 min to be deployed.
These dozers are staffed year around. The operators serve not
only as equipment operators, but also work under the Unit
Fleet Manager doing equipment repair, equipment safety
inspections, and annual equipment servicing.
CAL FIRE usually constructs fire lines in one of
two ways: with hand crews using hand tools, or by bulldozer.
Bulldozer lines are constructed by blading the ground - removing
flammable plant material down to bare soil. Dozer lines can vary
in width from a single dozer blade to many dozer blades wide,
depending on the type of vegetation burning. Dozers can cut line
at a rate of one to eight miles an hour, but typically cut line
from one to three miles per hour depending on terrain,
vegetation, and conditions. This makes them a valuable resource
for California’s emergency response needs. CAL FIRE has 62
dozers available statewide including 32 D6Cs, 11 D5H models,
nine D6MXLs, four D4H models, three John Deere 750Bs, one D7F,
one D6H, and one John Deere 850B. While the specifications for
each dozer type vary, they all include enclosed cabs for
Details for the most widely used CAL FIRE dozer
- the D6C include: