Fresno Kings Unit Battalion 12
Robert Fleming, Battalion Chief
Battalion 12 – Shaver Lake Battalion of the CAL FIRE Fresno-Kings Unit is in Central California and makes up part of the Eastern San Joaquin Valley. The Battalion consists of 121,192 acres of State responsibility land under direct CAL FIRE protection. The Battalion is bordered on the east side by the Sierra National Forest. The north side of the Battalion is bordered by Madera Mariposa Merced Unit, while the West and Southern boarder by Battalion 11 and Battalion 13. The elevation of the Battalion ranges from about 400 to 7,300 feet. Many roads traverse the Battalion providing travel routes for the multiple communities. The major travel rout is Highway 168, Highway 168 is a daily comminutor travel route it also provides a high volume of visitor traffic through the Battalion each day to the many year-round accessible recreation areas within the Battalion and Sierra National Forest. The primary fuel models of the Battalion consist of seasonal grasses, grass oak woodland, with California brush models and conifer timber models. The Battalion has seen a major growth in population and residential construction over the past several years.
Battalion 12 has two State Forest Fire Stations, Shaver Lake, and Blasingame. and one Fresno County Fire Protection District, Station 75 located in Tollhouse. Battalion 12 also has one retired lookout, Black Mountain. Both stations are year-round staffed stations funded by the State and Amador programs.
CAL FIRE Blasingame Station
23087 E. Tollhouse
Clovis, CA 93619
Blasingame Station was established in the 1930s at its present location, from the 1950s to the mid-1960s the California Youth Authority had a satellite camp during the summer at Blasingame. The current staffing is two Fire Captains, four Fire Apparatus Engineers and nine Firefighter I's. Two Model 34 fire engines are assigned to Blasingame. Blasingame Fire Station is also the Battalion Headquarters.
CAL FIRE Shaver Lake Station
41640 Dinkey Creek Rd.
Shaver Lake, CA 93664
Shaver Lake Fire Station was established in the 1990s, Current staffing is two Fire Captains and 5 Firefighter I’s on one Model 34 Fire Engine.
Battalion 12 works cooperatively with several agencies, The United States Forest Service Sierra National Forest, The Shaver Lake Fire District, Bald Mountain Fire District, Pine Ridge Fire Department, Big Creek Fire Department, Huntington Lake Fire Department, Fresno County Fire Protection District, and Southern California Edison Forestry Division.