Red flag warning for San Luis Obispo County

March 12, 2014

fireA high risk of wildfires today because of greater than normal temperatures, high winds and low humidity has resulted in a red flag warning by the National Weather Service (NWS).

From 6 a.m. until 6 p.m., the NWS warns that “extreme fire behavior is possible if fire ignition occurs.” The strongest winds with gusts of up to 65 mph are expected early on Wednesday.

High winds are forecast for Los Angeles, Ventura, Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo counties as humidity levels dip below 15 percent.

During the heightened fire danger, Cal Fire has additional firefighters on duty to respond to any new fires.


I just love the bureaucratese of “extreme fire behavior is possible if fire ignition occurs” – no schtick, really? At least they didn’t use the over-used term “event.”

I mean, we wouldn’t want to fund them millions of dollars if all they said was, “don’t start any fires.”


I don’t understand your jab at the fire department. A “red flag warning” is something to be concerned about. Extreme fire behavior is related to low fuel moisture in combination with the potential for high winds. The message of “don’t start any fires” applies everyday, not just during red flag conditions. The red flag message issued just reminds people to be extra careful during these conditions as a small fire can grow quickly out of control.