Reduce Fire Risk, Stay Informed During Red Flag Warning
The National Weather Service reports that on Monday, October 28, Santa Ana winds will remain mild in San Diego County; however, a weather system on Tuesday is expected to bring strong wind of 15-25 mph, with gusts to 45 mph in the San Diego County mountains.
Due to the critical fire weather, residents are asked to stay alert of Red Flag warning notifications. Vista Fire officials warn residents to not use power tools to clear away brush during a red flag warning, as it it could spark a fire.
Tips to protect property and family from fire danger.
- Remove debris, including dried leaves, firewood stacks, or trash from around the home - includes leaves on roof and in gutters.
- Trim away any tree branches overhanging your home and cut low tree branches.
- Prune or remove dried out bushes or plants.
- Tree or shrub clippings need to be cleaned up and disposed of in a bin.
Residents should remain alert and stay informed. Register for AlertSanDiego, the County’s cellphone notification service. The service provides you with any emergency messages on your cell phone, such as evacuation notices, that apply to your neighborhood. This is especially important if your home has no landline.
Download the County’s SD Emergency app on your mobile device 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.
Complete a personal disaster plan template from the app or from ReadySanDiego.org to help your family plan for an emergency including where to meet if you are separated and cannot return home. The site has more information about safeguarding your home from wildfires and general disaster preparation.
More weather forecast information and updates are available at the National Weather Service.