The Southern California Geographic Area Coordination
Center (SCGACC) , established in 1972, provides logistical
support and intelligence for wildfires in Southern California;
planning, situation monitoring, needs projections, and resource
order processing are all handled from the center's Riverside location.
The Center also provides logistical support for other non-fire
disasters, including hurricanes, earthquakes, and floods.
Section at Southern Operations gathers and analyzes
intelligence data from large fires and disasters. The section
collects resource information for incident allocation prioritizing.
South Operations Intelligence also distributes daily situation
reports and incident information.
The Interagency Fire Weather Warning Unit provides
weather information for fire agencies, including on-site services
for wildfire and prescribed burns. SCGACC handles resources for
multiple agencies in Southern California, mobilizing the closest
and most appropriate resource to an incident. Center staff analyze
intelligence information on large fires and disasters and collect
resource information for area prioritization. SCGACC also distributes
daily situation reports and incident information. The Center coordinates
wildland fire training at four centers, and maintains a fire training
The Logistics Support Center in Ontario houses
the Fire Cache, which provides equipment and supplies for the
Coordination Center. The Fire Cache supports eight national forests,
several large county cooperators, and all Pacific Rim areas. The
Cache is part of the Interagency National Fire Equipment System
and provides support during emergency operations.
The MAC Group (Multi-Agency Coordination) cooperators
include the USDA Forest Service, the U.S. Department of Interior,
National Weather Service, California Department of Forestry and
Fire Protection, California Governor's Office of Emergency Services,
Kern County, Santa Barbara County, Ventura County, Los Angeles
County, Orange County, and the City of Los Angeles.
The Southern Operations Emergency Command Center is
a cooperative organization that handles resource distribution
for All-Risk Management Incidents. Personnel handle all requests
for aircraft, crews, overhead, and equipment; they process dispatch
records, contact unit dispatchers for resources to fill orders,
and handle all incoming telephone and fax communications. An expanded
dispatch center processes extended attack or long-term incidents.
Zone Training Unit provides a full curriculum of
courses of the Incident Command System for students from all cooperating
agencies. Dozens of classes are offered each fall and winter at
the facility. Instructors and students come from all cooperating