Red Flag warnings this weekend

Looking East on top of the Santa Ynez Mountain range towards the Sherpa Fire incident

Star Report

The National Weather Service has expanded the Red Flag Warning to include Santa Barbara County South Coast (zone CAZ239) effective from 3 p.m. Friday to 6 a.m. Saturday.

Red Flag Warning/Fire Weather Watch Duration: 3 pm Friday June 24 through 6 am Saturday June 25, 2016.

A Red Flag Warning means that critical fire weather conditions are either occurring now or will shortly. A combination of strong winds, low relative humidity, and warm temperatures can create extreme fire behavior.

A Fire Weather Watch is typically issued generally 12 to 72 hours in advance of potential critical fire weather conditions.

Winds are predicted to be from the North 15 to 25 mph with gusts up to 40 mph. Strongest winds will occur during the evening and overnight hours through and below passes along the Santa Ynez range. Relative humidity as low as 8 to 15 percent.

If fire ignition occurs, conditions will be favorable for extreme fire behavior and rapid fire spread, which could threaten life and property.

As a result of the issuance of the Red Flag Warning, citizens should take appropriate precautions. These precautions include, but are not limited to the following:

  •   Report any sign of smoke immediately to your local fire department by calling 911 (if your call 911 from your cell phone, you must know your location).
  •   Use extreme caution when operating spark of flame producing machinery in hazardous grass or brush areas.
  •   Have an evacuation plan in place and identify two exit routes from your neighborhood. If you are asked to evacuate by fire or law enforcement officials, do so immediately.
  •   Report any suspicious persons or vehicles to law enforcement.