Cal OES Prepositions Firefighting Resources, Personnel in Advance of Critical Fire Weather in Orange and Santa Barbara Counties


In advance of extreme fire weather due to a long, possibly record-setting heat wave hitting California over the next week, the California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services (Cal OES) has strategically prepositioned critical fire resources to include fire engines, water tenders, hand crews, a helicopter, a dozer and additional personnel in Orange County and Santa Barbara County.

The prepositioned fire resources include:

Santa Barbara County: 5 Local Government Type 3 Engines, 1 Local Government Type 1 Water Tender, 1 Local Government Incident Management Team Member

Orange County: 5 Cal OES Type 3 Engines, 1 Local Government Type 2 Water Tender, 1 Local Government Helicopter, 1 Local Government Type 2 Hand Crew, 1 Local Government Dispatcher

The National Weather Service is forecasting widespread extreme fire weather over parts of the Central Coast and Southern California through the weekend and into next week. Click here to see the latest weather updates.

The public is urged to remain aware of their surrounding conditions and to avoid outdoor activities that can cause a spark near dry vegetation. 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 to prepare for further resource requests as necessary.

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