Cal OES Prepositions Firefighting Resources, Personnel in Northern California Counties as Red Flag Warnings Persist (UPDATED)


Updated: August 20, 2021


As extreme fire weather conditions remain in Northern 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 four counties. In addition to already prepositioned resources in Sierra and Nevada counties, firefighting personnel also have been deployed to Contra Costa and Marin counties.

The prepositioned fire resources include:

Plumas County: 1 Local Government Type 1 Engine

Sierra County: 1 Local Government Type 3 Engine, 1 Local Government Type 6 Engine, 2 Local Government Type 2 Dozers, 1 IMT Member

Nevada County: 1 Dispatcher

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 much of Northern California through Wednesday evening. 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.

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