National Weather Service - Los Angeles

Additional Resources Pre-Positioned Near Burn-Scar Areas in Southern California

As storms continued to saturate much of Southern California, the Governor’s Office of Emergency Services (Cal OES) assigned Orange County Fire to preposition fire apparatus and personnel in preparation for the rain expected near the sites of the Holy, Cranston, and Canyon fires.

The following resources have been requested by the County and approved via the California State Mutual Aid Pre-Incident Preparedness Guidelines:

  • Orange County –  Five Type-1 OES Engines, five Type-1 Local Government Fire Engines, two Local Government Fire Dozers, one Type-3 All Hazards Incident Management Team, one Local Government Water Tender, and one Local Government Helicopter.

Earlier this week, Cal OES coordinated extensive resources to preposition near those same burn-scarred areas, as well as those near the Woolsey and Hill fires. Previously assigned crews included:

  • Los Angeles County – Three Cal OES Type 3 mutual aid fire engines and one Los Angeles County Fire Department dozer
  • Ventura County – One Cal OES Type 1 strike team (five fire engines & personnel) and a county dispatcher
  • Riverside County -15 Type-3 Local Government Fire Engines, 2 Fire Dispatchers, and 1 Type-3 All Hazards Incident Management Team. Units will be staged at the Storm Baseball Field in Lake Elsinore.

The National Weather Service in Los Angeles issued a Flash Flood Watch for the Holy, Cranston and Canyon burn scar areas through Thursday night.

The public is urged to remain aware of their surrounding conditions and to avoid outdoor activities that may be dangerous during the rain event. Also, remember to have an emergency plan in place, emergency preparedness kits at home and vehicles full of fuel; sign-up for emergency alerts; listen to authorities and warnings and be prepared to evacuate if necessary.

The California State Warning Center and State Operations Center will monitor conditions and be ready for further resource requests as necessary throughout the rain event.

Jonathan Gudel

Jonathan Gudel is a Public Information Officer for the California Governor's Office of Emergency Services (Cal OES). Since joining Cal OES, he has assisted in the response and recovery efforts of the Aliso Canyon Gas Leak, the state's historic drought, the Oroville Dam Emergency Spillway Incident, unprecedented winter storms in 2017, the October (Sonoma County) and December (Santa Barbara County) 2017 wildfires, and statewide wildfire siege in 2018 . Previously, he worked in the newspaper industry for 12 years.

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