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Elevated Fire Danger/Increased Staffing
updated: Jan 11, 2014, 9:41 AM

Source: Santa Barbara County Fire Department

According to the National Weather Service, the Santa Barbara mountains and front country will experience a wind advisory. This advisory will set the stage for another round strong northwest winds tonight through Monday morning. Wind speeds are predicted to be similar to Thursday night's wind event. A moderate to high confidence on an elevated fire threat exists with increased winds, above normal temperatures and critically low live fuel moisture levels throughout Santa Barbara County.

Increased Staffing Duration: From 6pm tonight until 8am Monday, January 13th

In response to the predicted elevated fire danger, the Santa Barbara County Fire Department will increase its staffing level. The increased staffing level will include the following additional resources: three engines, one dozer, one battalion chief and one dispatch captain. These additional resources will be available to respond throughout the Santa Barbara County Operational Area and will be staged accordingly. This increased staffing pattern will be reevaluated daily.

During this time of elevated fire danger, 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.

Shorter, cooler days provide less of a burning period should a fire start. Live fuel moisture levels remain at critical levels however are slowly starting to rise. Even as live fuel moistures begin to rise, wind can overcome elevated fuel moistures and create rapid rates of fire spread.


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