With Extreme Fire Conditions, Cal OES Pre-Positions Critical Firefighting Resources and Personnel in Northern California

Editor’s Note: This story has been updated to reflect staffing resources for the current wildfire weather event as of Sept. 17. 

 

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

The pre-positioned fire resources and emergency personnel include:

  • Tahoe Basin Fire and Rescue Op Area/XTB– CA-OES-190028: 1 Type-3 Engine Strike Team (5 engines and 1 leader) and 1 Logistics Officer DEMOBILIZED
  • Inyo County Fire and Rescue Op Area/XIN– CA-OES-190029: 1 Task Force (2 Type-3 engines, 1 Type-2 engine, 2 Type-1 water tenders and 1 leader), 1 Type-3 Engine Strike Team (5 engines and 1 leader) EXTENDED 12 HOURS
  • Mono County Fire and Rescue Op Area/XMN– CA-OES-190030: 2 Type-1 engines, 3 Type-3 engines, 1 Type-1 water tender), 2 Chief Officers EXTENDED 12 HOURS

Requests will be reevaluated after 12 hours and extended as necessary until conclusion of the weather event/need.

A strike team includes five fire engines with 20 firefighters and a strike team leader.

The public is urged to remain aware of their surrounding conditions and to remember to have an emergency plan in place, emergency preparedness kits at home and vehicles full of fuel. Also, sign-up for emergency alerts, listen to authorities and warnings, and be prepared to evacuate if necessary.

For more information on Cal OES Fire Regions, click here.

Stay connected with Cal OES for updates on Twitter and Facebook.  

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.

2 thoughts on “With Extreme Fire Conditions, Cal OES Pre-Positions Critical Firefighting Resources and Personnel in Northern California

  • September 17, 2019 at 8:30 pm
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    That is geat work. Am adding to my experience from 2018 International Disaster Seminar from your press released on coordination and response to resource requirements and the update for public information. I thump you and management team for serving humanity.
    Kabiru Yusuf Kobi
    Bauchi,Nigeria

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  • September 24, 2019 at 10:23 am
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    Pls notify me of power outage in my area

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