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

In preparation for dangerous fire weather conditions, including high winds, anticipated to impact Northern California Counties, the Governor’s Office of Emergency Services (Cal OES) has strategically pre-positioned critical fire response resources to include strike teams of fire engines, firefighters, water tenders and emergency dispatchers and a helicopter in the designated impacted areas.
These resources and personnel are staffing up into position as early as this evening and into tomorrow. The pre-positioned fire resources and emergency personnel include:
  • Napa County Operational Area – one local government Type III fire engine Strike Team
  • Sonoma County Operational Area – one local government fire engine Strike Team, one local government water tender, one emergency dispatcher
  • Marin County Operational Area – one local government water tender, one emergency dispatcher
  • Alameda County Operational Area – Cal OES Type III fire engine Strike Team, one local government water tender, one emergency dispatcher, and one helicopter
  • Contra Costa County Operational Area – one local government Type III fire engine Strike Team, one local government Task Force of four Type III fire engines and one water tender, one additional water tender, and one emergency dispatcher
  • Lake County Operational Area – one local government Task Force of four Type III fire engines and one water tender

*Updated at 1600, Oct, 7, 2018

  • Sacramento County Operational Area – one local government Task Force of four Type III fire engines and one water tender, one additional water tender, one helicopter, one emergency dispatcher.
  • Solano County Operational Area – one local government Strike Team of Type III fire engines and
All pre-positioned resources are expected to remain in place until fire weather conditions improve in the region. These assets are strategically placed to accelerate the response time to any fire starts.

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. A task force is five fire resources of different types/vehicles, such as four fire engines and one water tender make up a single task force.The National Weather Service is forecasting unusually low relative humidity and winds gusting up to 40-55 miles per hour, creating Red Flag weather conditions over parts of Northern California through Monday evening. 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 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.

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

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