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December 2, 2020 – In preparation of dangerous fire weather conditions continuing across the state, 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 across the southern part of the state.
The prepositioned fire resources include:
Orange County: 1 Cal OES Strike Team (5 Cal OES Type 1 Engines), 1 Local Government Type 1 Water Tender, 1 Local Government Type 1 Hand Crew, 1 Helicopter, 1 Dispatcher
Ventura County: 1 Local Government Type 1 Hand Crew, 1 Dispatcher, 1 Local Government Strike Team (5 Local Govt. Engines Type 1 Engines), 1 Cal OES Water Tender
Los Angeles County: 1 Cal OES Strike Team (5 Cal OES Type 1 Engines), 1 Local Government Type 1 Water Tender, 1 Dispatcher
San Diego County: 2 Cal OES Strike Team (5 Cal OES Type 1 Engines and 5 Cal OES Type 3 Engines)
A strike team includes five fire engines with 15 firefighters and a strike team Leader.
The National Weather Service is forecasting Red Flag weather conditions over parts of southern California beginning Wednesday and extending into the weekend. 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.