What does it mean?
A Red Flag Warning means strong winds, dry conditions, and low relative humidity could lead to rapid or dramatic increases in wildfire activity.
What You Should and Shouldn't Do
- Do not drive your vehicle onto dry grass or brush. Hot exhaust pipes and mufflers can start fires.
- Take extra precautions by checking and replacing spark arrestors on any vehicle or equipment with an internal combustion engine.
- Do not discard cigarette butts out of your car window.
- No open flames during red flag warning.
- Do not use a lawnmower in dry vegetation, especially when its windy. Metal blades that strike rocks can create sparks and start fires.
When a Red Flag Warning is in Effect
Use extra caution, be vigilant, and listen to authorities.
If You Have to Evacuate
Listen to authorities when they ask you to evacuate. Here are some evacuation tips (PDF) to help you be prepared. Plan ahead for evacuating your pets as well. Here are some handy pet evacuation tips (PDF).