Notification of Extreme Fire Weather

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By the Santa Barbara County Fire Department

The Santa Barbara County Fire Department, The Operational Area (Op. Area), and the Santa Barbara County Fire Chiefs Association are notifying the public of predicted County of Santa Barbara wide spread heat wave, high temperatures, low humidity, and predicted south coast Sundowner Winds.

Predicted Weather: South Coast

  • Temperatures: 80-90’s F
  • Relative Humidity: 15-25%
  • Winds (sustained): 35+ Mph Sundowner Winds

The California Office of Emergency Services is funding the Santa Barbara County Op. Area fire departments/partnership with up-staffed personnel and resources for County wide response in addition to the Op. Area response levels. Beginning this evening at 6pm the following locations are resource staging points for the predicted weather for the next several days.

Fire Resources/Up-Staffing Mobilization Areas (8/31 Starting at 6pm for the next 72 hrs.)

  • Gaviota: SBC Crew 12, SBC Dozer 23, SBC Water Tender 38
  • Goleta: Strike Team 1521C CRP B64, SMR E305, LMP E351, CRP E361, STB E374, and MTO E391
  • SB: 1 Additional Duty Chief, Logistics Section Chief

Although the National Weather Service has not issued a “Red Flag Warning” for the South Coast of Santa Barbara we do predict “Flirting with Red Flag Conditions”. The alignment of topography, winds, temperatures, and low humidity can influence large scale, fast moving, and extreme fire behavior.

The public is encouraged to remain in a “Ready State” (Ready, Set, Go!) throughout the predicted weather period. We are informing the public to 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.
  • Use extreme caution when operating spark or 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.
  • Register for alerts at
  • Follow Twitter @SBCFireInfo or @EliasonMike.
  • Visit - Ready, Set, Go! 
  • Limit outside strenuous activities (Hiking!)
  • Bring plenty of water and stay hydrated.
  • Insure children and pets are not unattended in vehicles.
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Luvaduck Aug 31, 2022 08:06 PM
Notification of Extreme Fire Weather

6133--Some version of that might be a great idea. Many hikers, particularly ones not from this area, don't seem to know about heat exhaustion/prostration and don't take enough water along not realizing that with humidity low and heat high, their bodies will go through a lot of water weating to try and keep them cool. The raised possibility for forest fire is another risk factor. It might be exceedingly dangerous or impossible to get them out if they got in trouble.

a-1662084704 Sep 01, 2022 07:11 PM
Notification of Extreme Fire Weather

Some idiots are currently shooting up on Old San Marcos, in an area that hasn't burned since the Paint (Painted Cave) Fire in 1990. Real smart.

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