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

In preparation for dangerous fire weather conditions anticipated to impact Northern California and Bay Area 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.

These resources and personnel are staffing up into position as early as this evening. The pre-positioned fire resources and emergency personnel include:

  • Sonoma County Operational Area – one strike team of local government Type III fire engines, one water tender and one communications dispatcher.
  • Contra County Operational Area – one task force of local government fire engines (three Type III fire engines and two Type II water tenders)
  • Marin County Operational Area – one strike team of local government Type III fire engines, one water tender and one communications dispatcher.
  • Napa County Operational Area – one Cal OES strike team of Type III fire engines.

The need for all pre-positioned resources will be evaluated every twelve hours and extended as necessary as conditions warrant. Additional resources could be staffed up as well, depending on the weather conditions across the state.

A strike team includes five fire engines with 20 firefighters and a strike team leader. For more information on Cal OES Fire Regions, click here.

The National Weather Service is forecasting low humidity and winds from 15 to 25 miles per hour and gusts up to 35 miles per hour, creating Red Flag weather conditions over parts of Northern California lasting into early Sunday.

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. 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 will monitor conditions and be ready for further resource requests as necessary throughout the Red Flag period.

For more from Cal OES, visit CalOES.ca.gov and follow us on Twitter @Cal_OES.



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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