Red Flag Conditions in Northern California

With Red Flag Conditions, Cal OES Pre-positions Critical Firefighting Resources and Personnel in North Bay Area

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

The pre-positioned fire resources include: one Type-3 fire engine strike team, one water tender and one dispatcher for Contra Costa Operational Area; one Type-3 fire engine strike team, one water tender and one dispatcher for Marin Operational Area; one dispatcher for Cal OES Fire and Rescue Region II; oner Type-3 fire engine strike team, one water tender and one dispatcher for Sonoma Operational Area; one task force that includes four Type-3 fire engines and one water tender for Lake Operational Area. All pre-positioned resources are expected to remain in place until 5pm Tuesday, Sept. 25.

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.

The National Weather Service is forecasting unusually low relative humidity and winds gusting up to 25 miles per hour, creating Red Flag weather conditions over parts of Northern California through Tuesday afternoon.  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. The public is also reminded 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.

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Shawn Boyd

Shawn Boyd joined Cal OES as a public information officer in 2014 after a 20-year career in television news as a reporter, anchor and executive producer. He's a Cal State Sacramento alum and former US Navy yeoman and Air Force brat.

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