In preparation of dangerous fire weather conditions anticipated to impact Northern California Counties, the Governor’s Office of Emergency Services (Cal OES) has strategically prepositioned critical fire resources to include strike teams of fire engines, firefighters, water tenders and dispatchers in the designated impacted areas.
The prepositioned fire resources include: one Type-3 fire engine strike team, one water tender, one dispatcher from Marin Operational Area; one Type-3 fire engine strike team, one water tender, one dispatcher from Sonoma Operational Area; one Type-3 fire engine strike team from Contra Costa Operational Area; one Type-3 fire engine strike team from Sacramento County and one dispatcher from the Coastal Region’s Emergency Communication Center.
A strike team includes five fire engines with 15 firefighters and a strike team Leader.
The National Weather Service is forecasting unusually low relative humidity and strong winds, creating Red Flag weather conditions over parts of Northern California over the next 24 hours. A Red Flag Warning means that critical fire weather conditions are either occurring now, or will shortly. A combination of strong winds, low relative humidity, and warm temperatures can contribute to extreme fire potential and erratic fire behavior. Click here to see the National Weather Service’s Red Flag warnings.
The public is urged is remain aware of their surrounding conditions and to avoid outdoor activities that can cause a spark near dry vegetation, such as yard work, target shooting, or campfires and follow local fire restrictions. The public is also reminded 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 Cal OES Warning Center and State Operations Center will monitor conditions and be ready for further resource requests as necessary throughout the Red Flag period.