The Riverside County Sheriff's Department wants to alert all residents of the Lake Hemet and Apple Canyon areas that it will be conducting a multi-agency search-and-rescue training operation from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 15, near Lake Hemet.

An increased presence of law enforcement and first responders in the area is no cause for alarm, the press release stated.

Deputy Waters will be working with Riverside County Fire, California Highway Patrol, U.S. Forest Service and several other agencies to prepare for the upcoming rainy season.

"Rain could potentially lead to catastrophic mudslides and other hazardous road conditions in the areas most affected by the recent fires. We are not taking any chances and will continue to work with other agencies across the board to ensure we are ready for anything that comes our way.

"You can never train too much or too hard!" stated the release on Facebook.

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