CAL FIRE on Alert for High Fire Danger

Press Release posted 4/20/13 – CAL FIRE firefighters are on high alert as gusty winds will increase the fire danger across much of Southern California. The National Weather Service issued a “Red Flag Warning” starting Thursday morning through Friday afternoon due to a moderate Santa Ana wind event. Gusty winds up to 50 mph are expected across many parts of Orange, Riverside and San Diego Counties. On Monday, April 15, CAL FIRE increased its firefighting staffing in Southern California and now those crews are prepared to respond to any new wildfires. CAL FIRE’s Southern California airtankers were scheduled to be staffed on April 22, but due to the elevated fire danger, they will be staffed today.

“Fire Season may only be beginning, but the potential for damaging wildfires exists this year due to our dry winter,” said Chief Ken Pimlott, director of CAL FIRE. “Everyone should be extra careful during this Red Flag Warning and ensure they are ready for a wildfire.”

CAL FIRE is asking everyone to be extra cautious during this Red Flag Warning and help prevent wildfires.

Here are some fire prevention tips:

  • Don’t mow or trim grass on windy days
  • Ensure campfires are completely extinguished
  • Never pull your vehicle over in dry grass
  • Make sure cigarette butts are properly extinguished.

CAL FIRE also encourages the public to prepare for wildfires by reviewing the “Ready, Set, Go!” procedures at

For more ways to help prevent and prepare for wildfires: