On July 23rd, 2013

Fire and Rain - Cal OES Coordinating Response

Severe elements have thrown parts of Southern California a one-two punch but our California Statewide Law Enforcement Association (CSLEA)  members who are emergency management professionals at Cal OES are not down for the count.  

The Mountain Fire in Riverside County drew lots of resources as it burned wildly for days.  It  scorched  more than 27,000 acres, destroyed seven homes, five commercial buildings and 11 outbuildings. 

Even as firefighters work to contain the fire, there is a new emergency - flash flooding and mudslides.

"And that's just in one part of the state," said CSLEA President Alan Barcelona.  "Our members within Cal OES are involved with nearly every emergency and potential emergency in all 58 counties."

After losing homes to fire, Riverside county is losing homes to mud and debris flow following a surge of monsoonal moisture that hit the area.  At Cal OES, they are monitoring the danger and the response, all the while making sure emergency resources are not depleted in other regions of the state. 

"It takes a great deal of know-how to coordinate fire crews, firefighting helicopters and planes, evacuation centers, emergency response all the while assessing a new threat," said Barcelona.  "That's what they do at Cal OES and they are very good at it.  California is a huge state."

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