Red Flag Warning Through Thursday Morning
Source: Montecito Fire District
The National Weather Service has declared a Red Flag Warning in effect from 6:00 p.m. today until 9:00 a.m. tomorrow October 1, 2020 for the Santa Barbara County South Coast and Mountains due to sundowner winds, high temperatures, and low humidities.
A Red Flag Warning means that critical fire weather conditions are either occurring now or will shortly. A combination of strong winds, low relative humidity, and warm temperatures can contribute to extreme fire behavior.
· Temperatures…..90-100. Very warm minimum temperatures adding to heat stress.
· Low Humidities…..Minimums 8-12%. Very poor overnight recoveries in foothills and mountains.
· Winds…..Northerly Sundowner winds 15-25 mph with gusts 35-40 mph tonight. Less winds Thursday night but similar temperatures and relative humidities.
· Expected Impacts…..Increased threat of new fire ignitions with hot and dry fuels receptive for ignition. Rapid fire spread with long range spotting, and extreme fire behavior possible with ignitions. High potential for large plume dominated fires with extreme fire behavior.
The Montecito Fire Department has increased staffing levels for the Red Flag Warning including two type VI patrols, one dispatcher and one chief officer. Additionally, there is a CalFire Type III strike team pre-positioned within the Santa Barbara County operational area.
SCE has not yet identified any potential Public Safety Power Shutoffs that would impact the Montecito community.
HAVE AN EVACUATION PLAN READY: We are currently in the “Set” period of the Ready! Set! Go! program. For more information about Ready! Set! Go! visit www.montecitofire.com/fire-prevention or click here to view the Montecito Fire Ready! Set! Go! digital guide.
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