In response to a strong wind event forecasted for Southern California and other parts of the state, Cal Fire has increased its staffing and fire equipment throughout the state, said Cal Fire Capt. Mike Mohler.
High winds along with low humidity are expected over much of the state beginning this evening and continuing for the next few days. Winds in some areas are expected to have gusts in excess of 60 mph.
This weather event will significantly increase the wildfire threat in wind prone areas including Ramona, San Diego County and the Southern California region, as well as the Sierras, the East Bay Hills and the Central Coast, said Mohler
“The recent devastating wildland fire in Reno, Nev., is a reminder that fires can burn during the winter months even when temperatures are low,” said Chief Ken Pimlott, Cal Fire director. “With the strong winds forecasted, the fire danger will increase in many areas and we will have extra firefighters on duty so that we can respond to any new wildfires that may ignite.”
Cal Fire and other fire agencies have increased their preparedness by staffing additional state wildland fire engines, dozers, fire crews, and aircraft, said Mohler. These state resources will be positioned throughout the state to allow for rapid response into communities and watershed areas that may be affected by a fast moving wildfire.
Residents are encouraged to exercise extreme caution when in or near the wildland or open areas to prevent a fire. It is important that everyone monitor the weather and be on the lookout for fires.
If fires occur in the area, be prepared to follow all instructions of fire and law enforcement officials if an evacuation is ordered, said Mohler. Winds of the forecasted velocity can cause conditions to change rapidly, and the public is encouraged to review “Ready, Set, Go” procedures at www.ReadyForWildfire.org. Each person and family should ensure that they are “Set” for a potential emergency situation and prepared to activate the “Go” (evacuation) portion in a calm and safe manner, reads a statement from Cal Fire.
For more ways to help prepare and prevent wildfires, visit www.ReadyForWildfire.org or www.fire.ca.gov.