Saturday, October 13, 2018

Critical Fire Weather : CAL OES Pre-positioned Fire Resources and Emergency Personnel Dispatched to North SF Bay Area

With Strong Winds and Red Flag Conditions, Cal OES Pre-Positions Critical Firefighting Resources and Personnel in North Bay Area

In preparation for dangerous fire weather conditions, including high winds, anticipated to impact Northern California Counties, the Governor’s Office of Emergency Services (Cal OES) has strategically pre-positioned critical fire response resources to include strike teams of fire engines, firefighters, water tenders and emergency dispatchers in the designated impacted areas.

These resources and personnel are staffing up into position as early as this evening and into tomorrow. The pre-positioned fire resources and emergency personnel include:

  • Sonoma County Operational Area – one Type-3 engine strike team, one water tender, one emergency dispatcher
  • Marin County Operational Area – one task force of Type-3 fire engines and one water tender, one additional water tender, one emergency dispatcher
  • Solano County Operational Area – one Type-3 engine strike team
  • Alameda County Operational Area – one Type-3 engine strike team, one water tender, one emergency dispatcher
  • Contra Costa Operational Area – one task force of Type-3 fire engines and one water tender, one emergency dispatcher
  • Napa County Operational Area – one Type-3 engine strike team, one emergency dispatcher
  • Santa Clara County Operational Area – one Type-3 engine strike team
  • Lake County Operational Area – one task force of Type-3 engines, a water tender and a leader, one additional water tender

All pre-positioned resources are expected to remain in place until fire weather conditions improve in the region. Additional resources could be staffed up as well, depending on the weather conditions across the state.

A strike team includes five fire engines with 15 firefighters and a strike team leader. A task force is five fire resources of different types/vehicles, such as four fire engines and one water tender make up a single task force.

The National Weather Service is forecasting unusually low relative humidity and winds gusting up to 35 miles per hour, creating Red Flag weather conditions over parts of Northern California through Monday.

A Red Flag Warning means that critical fire weather conditions are either occurring now or will soon. 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 is 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. Also, remember to have an emergency plan in place, emergency preparedness kits at home and vehicles full of fuel; sign-up for emergency alerts; listen to 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.For more information on Cal OES Fire Regions, click here.
Original article CAL OES 
http://www.oesnews.com/prepo101318/

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