Fire Watches This Week – Be Prepared!

Just when you thought you could relax a little.  That warm breeze may not be so welcome.  National Weather Service email below.

 As you review your preparations for wind, power outages, and fire, have you upgraded your Go-Bag to cover the Pandemic Hazard?

  • Extra facemasks
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Soap
  • Extra Thermometer
  • COVID Symptoms and Warning signs.
    • I’ve added the CDC list after Bob’s email so you can just print it out.
  • In the “Did you think of this Category”: We depend a lot on batteries.  Do you have a small battery checker in your Go-Bag?

Stay safe by staying ready.


The NWS, (National Weather Service), has issued a Fire Weather Watch for SLO & SB Counties,  which will include strong and gusty NE & E winds with possible single digit relative humidity levels. This was issued today in advance of the pressure gradient, however the greatest effects of this wind event will occur on Monday early AM – December 7th through Tuesday the 8th at 2200 hrs.

These weather conditions are constantly evolving and cover all of Santa Barbara & SLO Counties.

Ventura, Los Angeles, San Bernardino, San Diego and parts of Riverside Counties are in Red Flag Warning conditions.

This system is moving from Nevada over southern CA and has a lot of energy behind it. Beginning early Monday AM we will experience high winds with significant gusts and very low RH’s……

Winds are predicted NE to Easterly 25 MPH gusting to 40 MPH+ are possible. 

Extremely Low Relative Humidity, (RH), levels of 7-25% are predicted.

 

This event could trigger a Public Safety Power Shut-off (PSPS), due to the winds and RH levels anticipated. Stay informed about potential PSPS affecting our area.

 

During this wind and Low RH event any type of fire will grow rapidly & spread quickly and will produce long range spotting due to ember production. A wildfire occurring during this period could be devastating.

Due to the long period since our County has received any precipitation, we are extremely vulnerable for wildfire or any type of fire.

 

NWS classifies a Fire Weather Watch as: Critical fire weather conditions are forecast to occur. These conditions could upgraded to a RED Flag Warning or downgraded to a Fire Weather Advisory.

 

Be prepared…

Review you emergency supply situation, check your Go-Bags and review your evacuation plan, should it be necessary to do so.

Keep a watchful eye out for any type of fire and report immediately!

 

FEMA has also broadcast this Fire Weather Watch for both SB and SLO Counties.

Any questions, please contact me.

Take care, be prepared and be safe!

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