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With Rain in the Forecast, Cal OES Pre-Positions Critical Firefighting Resources, Personnel in 3 Southern California Counties

In preparation for intense rainfall in the areas near recent wildfire burn scar zones in Southern California, the Governor’s Office of Emergency Services (Cal OES) has strategically pre-positioned critical fire resources and personnel in Santa Barbara, Ventura and Los Angeles Counties.

These resources and personnel are currently staffing up into position and are expected to be in place tonight. The pre-positioned fire resources and emergency personnel include:

  • Los Angeles County – three local Government Type-6 fire engines, three local government Type-3 fire engines, one local government dozer and one local government Type-3 Incident Management Team. These resources and personnel will be staging in the Malibu area.
  • Santa Barbara County – two local government Type-3 fire engines, two local government dozers, one local government water tender, one local government helicopter, one local government emergency dispatcher, one California Regional Urban Search & Rescue Task Force and one local government Type-3 Incident Management Team.
  • Ventura County – four local government Type-1 fire engines, two local government dozers, one emergency dispatcher, one OES Type-1 Swiftwater/Flood Search & Rescue Task Force. These resources and personnel are staging near the Woolsey burn scar area.
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The public is urged to remain aware of their surrounding conditions and to avoid outdoor activities that may be dangerous during the rain event. 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 California State Warning Center, Cal OES Southern Region and Cal OES Fire and Rescue Branch will monitor conditions and be ready for further resource requests as necessary throughout the rain event.

For more information on Cal OES Fire and Rescue, click here.

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