Red Flag (Fire Weather) Warning for Ventura County Coast, CA

This alert expired on November 14, 2018 at 5:00:00 PM PST
National Weather Service
Alert area: Ventura County Coast

Posted November 14, 2018 at 10:17:00 AM PST

...RED FLAG WARNING IN EFFECT UNTIL 5 PM PST THIS AFTERNOON FOR
GUSTY WINDS AND LOW RELATIVE HUMIDITY OVER THE MOUNTAINS AND MOST
VALLEYS OF LOS ANGELES AND VENTURA COUNTIES...

.Weak to moderate Santa Ana winds will continue today, then weaken
but remain locally gusty later tonight into Thursday. Widespread
minimum humidities between 5 and 10 percent will be common today
and Thursday. As a result, critical fire weather conditions will
continue across much of Los Angeles and Ventura Counties through
this afternoon, and possibly into the evening, with elevated to
locally critical conditions following through Thursday. At this
point, there are NO plans on extending the current Red Flag
Warning.

...RED FLAG WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 5 PM PST THIS
AFTERNOON FOR WIND AND LOW RELATIVE HUMIDITY FOR THE VENTURA
COUNTY COAST...

* Winds...Northeast 10 to 20 mph with gusts to 30 mph away from
the beaches.

* Relative Humidity...Minimum 5 to 10 percent away from the
beaches.

* Impacts...If fire ignition occurs, conditions will be favorable
for very rapid fire spread and extreme fire behavior, including
long range spotting, which would threaten life and property.

Recommended actions

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. Use extreme caution with
potential fire ignition sources.
ready.gov

Tips from ready.gov


Excerpted from ready.gov
Before:

  • To begin preparing, you should build an emergency kit and make a family communications plan.

  • Plant fire-resistant shrubs and trees. For example, hardwood trees are less flammable than pine, evergreen, eucalyptus or fir trees.
    Regularly clean roof and gutters.

  • Use 1/8-inch mesh screen beneath porches, decks, floor areas, and the home itself. Also, screen openings to floors, roof and attic.

  • Keep handy household items that can be used as fire tools: a rake, axe, handsaw or chain saw, bucket and shovel.

  • Consider installing protective shutters or heavy fire-resistant drapes.

  • Clear items that will burn from around the house, including wood piles, lawn furniture, barbecue grills, tarp coverings, etc. Move them outside of your defensible space.

  • Identify and maintain an adequate outside water source such as a small pond, cistern, well, swimming pool, or hydrant.

  • Have a garden hose that is long enough to reach any area of the home and other structures on the property.

  • More about what to do before a wildfire.

Excerpted from ready.gov
During:

  • Wear protective clothing when outside – sturdy shoes, cotton or woolen clothes, long pants, a long-sleeved shirt, gloves and a handkerchief to protect your face.

  • Close outside attic, eaves and basement vents, windows, doors, pet doors, etc. Remove flammable drapes and curtains. Close all shutters, blinds or heavy non-combustible window coverings to reduce radiant heat.

  • Close all doors inside the house to prevent draft. Open the damper on your fireplace, but close the fireplace screen.

  • Shut off any natural gas, propane or fuel oil supplies at the source.

  • Connect garden hoses to outdoor water faucet and fill any pools, hot tubs, garbage cans, tubs or other large containers with water.

  • Place lawn sprinklers on the roof and near above-ground fuel tanks. Leave sprinklers on and dowsing these strutures as long as possible.

  • If you have gas-powered pumps for water, make sure they are fueled and ready.
    Place a ladder against the house in clear view.

  • More about what to do during a wildfire.

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