“Red Flag Warnings” and fire prevention tips

News headline from CAL FIRE:

CAL FIRE firefighters are preparing for several days of extreme fire weather across many parts of California.

The National Weather Service has issued five separate “Red Flag Warnings” and “Fire Weather Watches” due to gusty winds and low humidity spanning from Northeastern California, the Sacramento Valley, the Bay Area, parts of Kern County, as well as Southern California.

“By this time of year conditions in many areas are at their driest of the season,” said Chief Ken Pimlott, director of CAL FIRE. “When you add in strong winds, it makes this time of year a perfect recipe for wildfires. Even though it is fall, we need the public to understand that we are still in Fire Season throughout much of California and everyone must take extra precautions to avoid sparking a wildfire.”

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Southern California:
A Red Flag Warning for a moderate to strong Santa Ana Wind event along with low humidity is expected Thursday evening through Sunday for much of Ventura, Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Diego, San Bernardino and Imperial Counties. Wind gusts of up to 55 mph are likely with some isolated gusts of 65 mph on some ridge tops and canyons.

Fire prevention tips:

Don’t mow or trim dry grass on windy days
Never pull your vehicle over in dry grass
Never burn landscape debris like leaves or branches on NO Burn Days or when it’s windy or areas where not allowed
Target shoot only in approved areas, use lead ammunition only, and never at metal targets
Ensure campfires are allowed, and if so, be sure to extinguish them completely
Make sure all portable gasoline-powered equipment have spark arresters
Report any suspicious activities to prevent arson.

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Saturday, October 5, 2013

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