Cal OES Prepositions Firefighting Resources and Personnel in Three Southern California Counties in Advance of Red Flag Conditions

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In preparation of dangerous fire weather conditions continuing across Southern California, the California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services (Cal OES) has strategically prepositioned critical fire resources to include strike teams of fire engines, firefighters, hand crews, water tenders, helicopters, dispatchers and overhead staff in Ventura, Orange and Riverside counties.

The prepositioned fire resources include:

Ventura County: 1 OES Water Tender, 1 Dispatcher

Orange County: 1 Type 1 OES Engine Strike Team, 1 Helicopter, 1 Hand crew, 1 Dispatcher

Riverside County: 1 Type 3 OES Engine Strike Team

A strike team includes five fire engines with 15 firefighters and a strike team Leader.

The National Weather Service is forecasting widespread Red Flag weather conditions over parts of Southern California, primarily in Los Angeles and Ventura counties as well as the Santa Barbara south coast and mountains, beginning Thursday. 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 potential and erratic fire behavior.

Click here to see the National Weather Service’s Red Flag warnings.

The public is urged to 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 local 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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