CAL FIRE SLO increases staffing ahead of weekend weather conditions

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Posted at 10:40 PM, Jan 16, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-17 01:56:31-05

High temperatures have arrived on the Central Coast and CAL FIRE SLO is increasing staffing this weekend in response to upcoming weather conditions.

CAL FIRE SLO Public Information Officer, Adan Orozco says that current conditions are creating fire danger.

“[With] the warmer temperatures and low humidity combined with this wind, we actually have a high fire danger right now,” he says.

Orozco says CAL FIRE SLO increased staffing ahead of the weekend.

“We have staffed all our available hand crews, we have staffed all of our bulldozers, this is 24 hours a day, we have extra communications operators to our dispatch center, anticipating an increase in 911 calls."

Some say they like to stay prepared.

“It’s still really dry out we do need more rain and as someone whose family ranches, we are always worried about wildfires in general, [we are] in an area where we are prone to it,” says San Luis Obispo resident, Kiah Twisselman.

Orozco says staying hydrated is important with the change in temperature.

“We we have been in cool weather for awhile [and] we have been drinking a lot of coffee which is a diuretic, so stay hydrated especially if you are an active person and you plan on going hiking or things like that, definitely take some water with you.”

You can also sign up for CAL FIRE's web based app that gives you tips on fire preparation and prevention. That can be found here.