Extreme Fire Conditions

Cal OES Coordinates Prepositioning of Critical Fire Resources Ahead of Extreme Fire Conditions in Southern California

In preparation of dangerous fire conditions resulting from “Red Flag” forecasts anticipated to impact Los Angeles, Ventura and Santa Barbara counties, the California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services (Cal OES) has approved the strategic prepositioning of critical fire resources to include strike teams of fire engines, firefighters and dispatchers in those counties.

Extreme heat, low relative humidity and windy conditions combined with dry fuels will create dangerous fire conditions in southern California over the next few days. Those dangerous fire conditions include Red Flag weather in Los Angeles, Ventura and Santa Barbara counties along with Sun Downers predicted in Santa Barbara County tonight.  “Prepositioning of these fire assets will significantly enhance local capabilities in high fire prone areas and reduce response times to minimize fire spread and enhance life and property protection” said Cal OES Director Mark Ghilarducci.

Today, the Cal OES State Operations Center, as well as the Inland and Southern Region Emergency Operations Centers, are activated in support of local governments to assist with emergency management needs. Cal OES is working closely with state, local and federal fire agencies and officials in monitoring weather conditions that impact fire behavior.

The public is reminded to have an emergency plan in place, emergency preparedness kits at home and in vehicles full of fuel; sign-up for emergency alerts; listen to authorities and warnings and be prepared to evacuate if necessary.

For more from Cal OES, visit http://www.caloes.ca.gov and follow us on Twitter @Cal_OES.

Monica Vargas

Monica is a Public Information Officer for the California Governor's Office of Emergency Services (Cal OES). She has been involved in the Aliso Canyon Gas Leak, Valley Fire, Butte Fire, historic drought, Oroville Dam Emergency Spillway Incident and 2017 winter storms. She previously served Cal OES as an analyst in international affairs, technology operations and executive staff support.

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