Photo: NASA Earth Observatory

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

In preparation for a rain event anticipated to impact the area near the Woolsey Fire burn scar in Southern California, the Governor’s Office of Emergency Services (Cal OES) has strategically pre-positioned critical fire resources and personnel in the designated impacted areas.

These resources and personnel are currently staffing up into position. The pre-positioned fire resources and emergency personnel include:

  • Los Angeles County – Three OES Type 3 fire engines and one Los Angeles County Fire Department dozer.

The National Weather Service (NWS) is forecasting estimated rain totals to be between 0.20 – 0.70 inches, except 0.70 – 1.25 inches in coastal slopes/foothills. According to NWS, minor debris flows, rockslides and shallow mudslides are possible in and around the Woolsey burn scar. This rain event is expected to impact the area tonight through early Thursday morning.

The public is urged is 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 and State Operations Center will monitor conditions and be ready for further resource requests as necessary throughout the rain event.

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

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Photo: NASA Earth Observatory

Monica Vargas

Monica is a Public Information Officer for the California Governor's Office of Emergency Services (Cal OES). She has been involved in the Aliso Canyon Gas Leak, Valley Fire, Butte Fire, historic drought, Oroville Dam Emergency Spillway Incident and 2017 winter storms. She previously served Cal OES as an analyst in international affairs, technology operations and executive staff support.

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