It’s that time of year again. Do you feel it?
The dry air and gusty winds have created fire weather conditions in Southwestern California, and the National Weather Service has issued a Red Flag Warning.
The warning will last until 8 p.m. on Tuesday.
It’s a good idea for residents to exercise caution during these conditions, because even a small spark could ignite a wildfire. A red flag warning is the highest on the fire weather scale.
Here are a few more tips from the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection:
- Clear your property of dead weeds and vegetation.
- Remove leaves, needles and debris from your gutters.
- Trim tree branches so they are at least six-feet from the ground.
- Use of lawn mowers should be avoided in extremely dry conditions. It’s recommended to do mowing and weeding before 10 a.m. and after 6 p.m. in times of low humidity.
- Make sure cigarette butts are fully extinguished.
- State law requires 100-feet of defensible space around structures. More info here.
- Spark arresters should be used on portable gas-powered equipment in the wild.
- If you’re camping, be sure campfires are permitted on the land you’re visiting. Obtain a permit if it’s required.
- Be sure your campfire is 100 percent extinguished before you leave the grounds.