Jake Hess praised for his leadership during SCU Lightning Complex Fire

Photo by Kaylee Arca Morgan Hill Fire Chief Jake Hess accepts an honor Aug. 3 for his leadership in battling last year’s fires.

By Kaylee Arca

Last summer Morgan Hill Fire Chief Jake Hess faced one of the most taxing challenges of his firefighting career. In the middle of the pandemic he led his troops and helped calm South Valley residents’ nerves during the massive 44-day SCU Lightning Complex Fire, then the third-largest fire in California’s history.