Red Flag Warning

redflag warning

The NWS identifies the following actions to be taken during a red flag warning:

  •  Put the lawn mower away. Never mow or trim dry grass on a Red Flag Warning Day and never use lawn mowers on dry vegetation.
  • Never open burning or campfires. Recreational fires and open burning are extremely dangerous with high winds and low humidity.
  • Create enough defensible space. Residents should make sure they have 100 feet of space around structures, completely clear of dead weeds, leaves and vegetation.
  • Clean out your gutters. Dead leaves and needles can easily catch fire with a little dry air and a spark.
  • Get your vehicle checked. Ensure trailer chains don’t drag on the ground, have proper tire pressure to avoid driving on the wheel rim and never let your brake pads wear too thin.
  • Make sure cigarette butts are properly extinguished. Do not put out cigarettes in dry grass or vegetation.
  • Practice gun safety. Target shoot only in approved areas, use lead ammunition only, and never shoot at any metal targets.
  • Avoid sparks. Avoid welding, cutting, and other spark creating activities.
  • No Fireworks. Regardless of other restrictions, DO NOT use any fireworks on red flag warning days.
  • See something, say something. Report any outdoor fires to 9-1-1 as soon as possible to get resources started. Do this while or before trying to put it out yourself.