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Increased Staffing
updated: May 13, 2014, 9:00 AM

Source: Santa Barbara County Fire Department

According to the National Weather Service, a prolonged period of hot and very dry conditions exist this week with potential for record heat today through Thursday. Gusty Santa Ana winds and extreme fire danger may impact southwest California at times through Thursday.

A moderate to high confidence on an elevated fire threat exists with low relative humidities, increased winds, and above normal temperatures for this week. Weather is predicted to be very dry and warm through Thursday.

Increased Staffing Duration: From 6pm yesterday to 8am Thursday May 15th

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 water tender, one battalion chief and one dispatch captain. These additional resources will be available to respond throughout the Santa Barbara County Operational Area. 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.

Live fuel moisture levels have recovered somewhat but are expected to drop in the coming weeks. Even thou live fuel moistures are currently elevated, wind can create rapid rates of fire spread.

 

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