Cal OES Strategically Pre-Positioning Firefighting Resources in Response to Ongoing Fire Weather

The California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services (Cal OES) is coordinating with counties (local Operational Areas) to strategically pre-position critical firefighting resources, including apparatus and personnel, to augment local resources for ongoing significant weather event.

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

 

Los Angeles County:

2 Local Government Type I Strike Teams, 2 Local Government Type I Water Tenders, 1 Local Government Dozer Strike Team, 14 Overhead
Glendale, 1 Cal OES Type I Strike Team, 1 Local Government Type I Water Tender

Orange County:

2 Dispatchers, 3 Overhead

Ventura County:

1 Local Government Type I Strike Team, 1 Local Government Type I Water Tender, 1 Local Government Type I Dozer, 1 Type 1 Hand Crew, 1 Dispatcher

Marin County:

1 Local Government Type 3 Strike Team, 1 Local Government Task Force, (3 Cal OES Type 1 Engines, 1 Local Government Type 1 Engine, 1Local Government Type 1 Water Tender), 2 Dispatchers, 10 Overhead

Contra Costa County:

3 Local Government Type 3 Engines, 1 Local Government Type I Dozer, 1 Local Government Type I Water Tender, 1 Local Government Type 2 IA Crew, 2 Dispatchers

Lake County:

4 Local Government Type 3 Engines, 1 Local Government Type I Water Tender, 1 Dispatcher

Amador County:

1 Local Government Type 3 Strike Team, 1 Local Government Type 2 Water Tender, 1 Overhead

Inyo County:

2 Local Government Type 2 Engines, 1 Overhead

San Diego County:

1 Local Government Type 3 Strike Team, 1 Local Government Task Force, 1 Local Government Type 1 Water Tender, 1 Type 2 Local Government Type 2 Water Tender, 1 Helicopter, 2 Dispatchers

 

The National Weather Service is forecasting Red Flag weather conditions over parts of California throughout Wednesday, Sept. 9th.  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 including but not limited to 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.

For more from Cal OES, visit CalOES.ca.gov and follow us on Twitter @Cal_OES.

 

Shawn Boyd

Shawn Boyd joined Cal OES as a public information officer in 2014 after a 20-year career in television news as a reporter, anchor and executive producer. He's a Cal State Sacramento alum and former US Navy yeoman and Air Force brat.

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