Extreme Fire Conditions

With Red Flag Conditions, Cal OES Prepositions Firefighting Resources and Personnel in Tahoe Basin, El Dorado and Nevada Counties

In preparation of dangerous fire conditions resulting from “Red Flag” forecasts anticipated to impact the Tahoe Basin as well as El Dorado and Nevada counties, the California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services (Cal OES) has approved the strategic prepositioning of critical fire resources to include strike teams of fire engines, firefighters and dispatchers in the impacted areas.
The prepositioned fire resources include one Type 3 local government strike team in the Tahoe Basin; one Cal OES strike team and one Cal OES water tender in El Dorado County and one Cal OES strike team and one Cal OES water tender assigned to the Grass Valley area of Nevada County.
The National Weather Service is forecasting unusually low relative humidity and strong winds, creating Red Flag weather conditions over parts of Northern California.  A Red Flag Warning means that critical fire weather conditions are either occurring now, or will shortly. A combination of strong winds, low relative humidity, and warm temperatures can contribute to extreme fire behavior.  The Red Flag warning remains in effect for the Tahoe Basin until 5am PDT Thursday and 11pm PDT Wednesday for El Dorado and Nevada Counties.
The public is urged 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 in vehicles full of fuel; sign-up for emergency alerts; listen to authorities and warnings and be prepared to evacuate if necessary.
The Cal OES State Warning Center and Operations Center will monitor conditions and be ready for further deployments as necessary throughout the Red Flag period.

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

Bryan May

Bryan May is a Public Information Officer for the California Governor's Office of Emergency Services. Prior to joining Cal OES in 2017, Bryan spent 30 years as an Emmy award winning television anchor and reporter.

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