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CAL FIRE increases staffing amid extreme fire danger

Posted at 4:00 PM, Oct 08, 2019

CAL FIRE is upping its staffing in preparation for a possible fire.

The increase in staffing comes after the National Weather Service issued red flag warnings and fire weather watches across California.

“With some of the most destructive and deadliest fires occurring October through December, we need Californians to not be complacent,” said Chief Thom Porter, CAL FIRE director. “We have increased our staffing but need the public to remain vigilant. It is important to follow evacuation orders and leave early as fires move very fast under these conditions."

And because of high fire danger, several areas across the state will be experiencing power shut offs. At last check, there are no power shut offs scheduled on the Central Coast.

As a precaution CAL FIRE has a few friendly reminders:

  • Don’t mow or trim dry grass on windy days
  • Never pull your vehicle over in dry grass
  • Target shoot only in approved areas, use lead ammunition only, and never at metal
  • Check and obey burn bans
  • Ensure campfires are allowed, and if so, be sure to extinguish them completely
  • Report any suspicious activities to prevent arson, see something – say something