Extreme Fire Conditions

With Santa Ana Winds and Red Flag Conditions, Cal OES Pre-Positions Critical Firefighting Resources and Personnel in Southern California

In preparation for dangerous fire weather conditions, including high winds, anticipated to impact Southern California Counties, the Governor’s Office of Emergency Services (Cal OES) has strategically pre-positioned critical fire response resources to include strike teams of fire engines, firefighters, water tenders and emergency dispatchers in the designated impacted areas.

These resources and personnel are staffing up into position as early as this evening and into tomorrow. The pre-positioned fire resources and emergency personnel include:

  • Ventura County Operational Area – one Type-I fire engine strike team, one helicopter, one Type-I hand crew, one emergency dispatcher
  •  Orange County Operational Area – one Type-I fire engine strike team, one water tender, one helicopter, one Type-I hand crew, one emergency dispatcher
  • Los Angeles City Operational Area – one Type-III fire engine strike team, one emergency dispatcher
  • Los Angeles County Operational Area – one Type-I fire engine strike team, one additional water tender, one Type-I hand screw and one emergency dispatcher
All pre-positioned resources are expected to remain in place until fire weather conditions improve in the region. Additional resources could be staffed up as well, depending on the weather conditions across the state.

A strike team includes five fire engines with 15 firefighters and a strike team leader. For more information on Cal OES Fire Regions, click here. A task force is five fire resources of different types/vehicles, such as four fire engines and one water tender make up a single task force.The National Weather Service is forecasting unusually low relative humidity and winds gusting up to 55 miles per hour or higher in isolated areas, creating Red Flag weather conditions over parts of Southern California through Tuesday.

A Red Flag Warning means that critical fire weather conditions are either occurring now or will soon. 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. 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 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.

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