Cal Fire SLO heads to Santa Barbara County to brace for extreme fire conditions

Posted at 4:39 PM, Aug 05, 2018
and last updated 2018-08-05 19:39:31-04

The red flag warning initiated Sunday in Santa Barbara comes ahead of forecasted high temperatures, low humidity and wind that spells extreme fire danger in the area.

Red flag warnings are typically issued about 24 hours ahead of a critical fire weather event.

The alert triggers access to critical resources and fire suppression tools that help fire fighters protect life and property.

"This latest siege, the last month or so, we’ve canceled days off," Cal Fire Public Information Officer Clint Bullard said. "Most of your Cal Fire employees have days off canceled. We’ve staffed up reserve engines and water tenders. So we’re ready, we’re right there and we’re doing all that can be done to prepare for what could be a long hot fire season."

Bullard said Cal Fire staff is working 24/7, no days off, to assist with fighting fires across the state.

While several of the San Luis Obispo based crew members are far from home, Bullard said San Luis Obispo is still being taken care of.

"At no time do we go below the minimum draw down and if we’re not there, we’re close to it," Bullard said. "We will not leave the home front undefended."

While Cal Fire crews brace for a fire fight, Bullard said those living in the high risk Santa Barbara community should do what they can to help.

"What we would hope folks throughout the entire year are aware of what they’re doing in the wild land area, not just when it’s hot or windy," Bullard said. "We need to have our cars in working order, have them tuned up. We need to make sure that home can defend itself while we get in to protect it."