California’s mutual aid system is known for being the best in the country, if not the world. But what exactly does mutual aid mean and how does it work? We go behind the scenes to get answers in this week’s edition of Inside Look. And, it's important to point out that California may have the biggest and most unique system, mutual aid systems are in use at agencies across the country. Special thanks to videographer Tim Walton for allowing us to use some of incredible video from the front lines of past wildfires.
Today was the kind of day we were all hoping for. We had a lot of sunshine, and zero rain. That gave state officials a chance to reduce the amount of water they were letting out of Lake Oroville via their controlled spillway. Record amounts of rain and a massive hole in the spillway caused by erosion had many believing the emergency spillway was going to handle overflow. This story shows how the change in weather changed the forecast for state emergency responders and dam engineers. Lake Oroville Caltrans HQ Caltrans District 3 Butte County Sheriff California Department of Fish and Wildlife CAL FIRE California Department of Water Resources #OrovilleSpillway