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.