The National Weather Service has issued a red flag warning from 5 a.m. Thursday through 5 p.m. Friday due to strong Santa Ana winds and low humidity for mountains, valleys of inland San Diego County. The warning indicates critical fire weather conditions.
Forecasters are predicting strong wind gusts of up to 50 mph late Thursday and as much as 60 mph winds near the ridgetops of the San Diego County mountains.
Fire officials warn residents not to attempt to use power tools to clear away brush during a red flag warning because it could spark a fire. There are other ways to protect your property and family from fire danger.
Here are some things residents can do instead:
- Remove debris, including dried leaves, firewood stacks, or trash from around the home. This includes leaves on your roof and in gutters.
- Trim away any tree branches that overhang on your home and cut low branches on trees.
- Dried out bushes or plants should also be pruned or removed.
- All tree or shrub clippings need to be cleaned up and disposed of in a bin.
Residents should be alert and that means staying informed.
Make sure you’re registered for AlertSanDiego, the County’s cellphone notification service. By doing that, you will receive any emergency messages, like evacuation notices, that apply to your neighborhood on your cellphone. This is especially important if your home has no landline.
On your smartphone, download the County’s SD Emergency app from the Google Play store or the Apple App Store. The app provides news updates, maps, shelter locations and includes disaster planning templates and interactive checklists. If a regional emergency, such as a wildfire, does occur, updates and other information will be posted at sdcountyemergency.com and sent out via the app.
Complete a personal disaster plan template from the app or from ReadySanDiego.org to help your family plan for an emergency including where to meet if you are separated and cannot return home. The site has more information about safeguarding your home from wildfires and general disaster preparation.
More weather forecast information and updates are available at the National Weather Service.