With strong Santa Ana winds and a potential for Red Flag Warnings existing throughout Los Angeles, Orange, Ventura and Riverside counties, the California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services (Cal OES) has strategically prepositioned critical firefighting resources to include strike teams of fire engines, firefighters, hand crews, water tenders, helicopters, dispatchers and overhead staff.
The prepositioned fire resources include:
Los Angeles County: 5 Local Government Type 1 Engines, 1 Local Government Type 1 Water Tender, 1 Local Government Type 1 Crew, 1 Helicopter, 1 Dispatcher
Orange County: 5 Local Government Type 3 Engines, 1 Local Government Type 1 Water Tender, 1 Local Government Type 1 Crew, 1 Helicopter, 1 Dispatcher
Ventura County: 1 Local Government Type 1 Water Tender, 1 Local Government Type 1 Crew, 1 Dispatcher
Riverside County: 2 Cal OES Type 3 Engines, 2 Local Government Type 3 Engines
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 through Friday. A Red Flag Warning means that critical fire weather conditions are either occurring now or will shortly. A combination of strong Santa Ana 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 weather period.