Red Flag Warning, Fire Weather Watch, and Freeze Watch

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Red Flag Warning, Fire Weather Watch, and Freeze Watch
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Update by the National Weather Service

The National Weather Service has issued a RED FLAG WARNING and a FIRE WEATHER WATCH for the Santa Barbara County South Coast & Mountain areas (zones CAZ 239 & CAZ 252), and a FREEZE WATCH for the inland areas including the Santa Ynez & Cuyama Valleys tonight and into next week.

Damaging winds & Low Humidity: Winds are expected out of the North to northeast 15 to 30 mph with gusts 40 to 50 mph, strongest near Montecito Hills. This can cause hazardous driving and boating conditions, can lead to downed trees and power lines, and cause power outages and blowing dust and debris, especially near recent burn areas.

In addition, relative humidity is expected to lower to around 15 percent especially in the foothills of the Santa Ynez Range. If fire ignition occurs, there will be the potential for rapid spread of wildfire with and extreme fire behavior that could lead to a threat to life and property. Use extreme caution when using potential fire ignition sources.

Low/Freezing Temperatures: Low temperatures and freezing conditions are possible throughout the inland areas, particularly the Santa Ynez and Cuyama Valleys. This can cause frost and freeze damage to unprotected plants and can be harmful to animals left outside. Animal owners should take special precautions with their animals during freezing temperatures. It’s best to keep all pets indoors. 


Source: National Weather Service

The National Weather Service has issued a Red Flag Warning for the Santa Barbara County Mountains and the Santa Barbara south coast (zones CAZ252, CAZ239) in effect from 6pm Sunday December 3, 2017 to 6 am Monday, December 4, 2017.

RED FLAG WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM 6 PM THIS EVENING TO 6 AM PST MONDAY FOR GUSTY NORTH TO NORTHEAST WINDS AND LOW RELATIVE HUMIDITY FOR THE SANTA BARBARA COUNTY MOUNTAINS AND SOUTH COAST...

* Winds...North to northeast 15 to 30 mph with gusts 40 to 50 mph...strongest near Montecito Hills.

* Relative Humidity...Lowering to around 15 percent especially in the foothills of the Santa Ynez Range.

* Impacts...If fire ignition occurs, there will be the potential for rapid spread of wildfire with and extreme fire behavior that could lead to a threat to life and property.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

A Red Flag Warning means that critical fire weather conditions are expected. A combination of gusty winds and low relative humidity can contribute to extreme fire behavior. Use extreme caution when using potential fire ignition sources.

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a-1524742143 Dec 03, 2017 05:48 PM
Red Flag Warning, Fire Weather Watch, and Freeze Watch

CHP WEBSITE: SR154 AT LAKE CACHUMA. 5:42 PM 8 [38] [Notification] [CHP]-SBSO REQ WB TRAFFIC BE SHUT DOWN. 5:36 PM 7 [26] [Notification] [CHP]-SBSO ADVSD THEY HAD AN RP ADVS THE FLAMES ARE VERY CLOSE TO THE RDWY SHE COULD FEEL THE HEAT 5:30 PM.6 [14] [Appended, 17:30:37] [1] ADDITIONAL RP ADVSD SHE SAW 2 MALES STANDING ON RHS TRYING TO PUT FIRE OUT. 5:29 PM 4 [10] ADD'L CALLER STATES VEHS PULLED OVER AND ATTEMPTING TO PUT FIRE OUT. 5:28 PM 3 [8] FIRE ON NORTH SIDE OF RDWY 5:28 PM. 5:27 PM 1 [1] BRUSH FIRE ON RHS

a-1524742143 Dec 03, 2017 01:46 PM
Red Flag Warning, Fire Weather Watch, and Freeze Watch

Putting out embers, wear a whistle. When your area is smoke-filled, you might have to alert others of your location. Bright flashlight, same reason, but especially overnight.

a-1524742143 Dec 03, 2017 11:26 AM
Red Flag Warning, Fire Weather Watch, and Freeze Watch

For extinguishing embers you can use a water hose, wet cloth string mop, rake, shovel w/dirt & sand, buckets of water, water bottles, fire extinguisher. Wear long pants and long sleeved cotton shirts, cover eyes with goggles, face mask to protect breathing from smoke, wear gloves, protective shoes. It’s not always feasible to evacuate, and you might have to put up a fight.

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