Tips & Trends: Red Flag Warnings
A Red Flag Warning is a forecast by the National Weather Service to inform the public that there is an increased risk for fire danger and extreme fire behavior. Red Flag Warnings are issued when there are warm temperatures, low humidity, stronger winds, or dry vegetation. It is important to be extremely cautious during Red Flag Warning Days to prevent and prepare for wildfires. Follow these tips to stay safe on Red Flag Warning Days:
- Remove pine needles and leaves from roofs, eaves, and rain gutters.
- Remove all flammable materials that are within 5 feet of structures on your property.
- Do not use lawnmowers on dry grass or weed. Avoid spark or flame-producing activities while near dry grass, such as weed mowing or disking, metal cutting, grinding or welding.
- Avoid driving over dry grass. Park vehicles with hot catalytic converters only on paved or dirt areas.
- Be prepared to gather family members, pets, and valuables in case an approaching wildfire requires evacuation.
For more information on wildfire preparedness and Red Flag Warnings, visit the Santa Clara County Fire Department website