The National Weather Service has issued a red flag warning in the mountains and valleys of San Diego County and is expected to continue through Wednesday. During a red flag warning, the danger is high for wildfires due to the gusty winds, low humidity and heat.
“During this critical fire weather, we are asking residents to be alert and take extra precautions to avoid inadvertently sparking a wildfire,” said Kendal Bortisser, public information officer for San Diego County Fire and CAL FIRE.
These activities are often restricted or at least strongly discouraged:
- Never mow or trim dry grass during a red flag warning because a power tool could spark on a rock and start a grass fire. It is not recommended even on windy, dry, hot days.
- No wood or charcoal camp fires in forests during periods of high fire danger. Restrictions such as this one are often communicated on the Cleveland National Forest page.
- Be careful with discarding smoking material. Note, smoking may be prohibited in forests during periods of high fire danger.
- Don’t pull your vehicle over in grass as it can spark a grass fire. If necessary, pull over on paved roads.
- Use spark arrestors on portable gasoline powered equipment to avoid an accidental fire.
- Properly maintain vehicles to prevent starting fires along roads due to sparks or flammable materials being spit out from the catalytic converter system.
- Ensure trailer chains don’t drag on the ground and spark.
- Shooting of firearms is unsafe during periods of high fire hazards in County areas.
- Use extreme caution with welding or blowtorch projects. Again, this activity may be restricted in forest areas during elevated fire conditions.
- Burning plant cuttings on high fire danger days is unsafe. To learn if it is a “No Burn Day,” visit CAL FIRE.
To stay informed in the event of a regional emergency, residents can download the County’s SD Emergency app in English or Spanish from the Google Play store or the Apple App Store. The app provides news updates, maps, shelter locations and includes disaster planning templates and interactive checklists. If a regional emergency, such as a wildfire, does occur, updates and other information will be posted at sdcountyemergency.com and sent out via the app.
For more information and resources, visit http://www.countynewscenter.com/10-things-to-avoid-during-high-fire-danger/
Source: Yvette Urrea Moe, County of San Diego Communications Office
For related posts, visit https://www.universitycitynews.org/category/sdfd/