Cal-Fire asks public to be on the lookout for fires and be prepared
December 1, 2011 (San Diego’s East County) – A wind warning has been downgraded to a wind advisory, however sustained northeasterly winds of 35 mph with gusts of 50 mph are forecast tonight through Friday afternoon in East County mountains, valleys and desert areas.
Damage to trees and power lines may occur, as well as hazardous driving conditions particularly for high-profile vehicles, according to the National Weather Service.
In response to the forecast for high winds and low humidity, Cal-Fire has increased its staffing and fire equipment throughout the state including San Diego County.
“The recent devastating wildland fire in Reno, Nevada is a reminder that fires can burn during the winter months even when temperatures are low,” said Chief Ken Pimlott, Cal-Fire director. “With the strong winds forecasted the fire danger will increase in many areas and we will have extra firefighters on duty so that we can respond to any new wildfires that may ignite.”
Cal-Fire, along with other fire agencies has increased their preparedness by staffing additional state wildland fire engines, dozers, fire crews, and aircraft. These state resources will be positioned throughout the state to allow for rapid response into communities and watershed areas that may be affected by a fast moving wildfire.
Residents are encouraged to exercise extreme caution when in or near the wildland or open areas to prevent a fire.
“It is important that everyone monitor the weather and be on the lookout for fires. If fires occur in the area be prepared to follow all instructions of fire and law enforcement officials if an evacuation is ordered,” a Cal-Fire press release states.
Winds of the forecasted velocity can cause conditions to change rapidly and the public is encouraged to review “Ready, Set, Go” procedures at www.ReadyForWildfire.org. Each person and family should insure that they are “Set” for a potential emergency situation and prepared to activate the “Go” (evacuation) portion in a calm and safe manner.
Mount Laguna received a light dusting of snow during yesterday's storm, with additional snowfall possible as the cold front moves through the region.