Southern California’s wildfire risks heat up
Southern California is currently on high alert for potential damaging wildfires this weekend as high winds and dry conditions have increased wildfire risks throughout the region.
The National Weather Service has issued a fire weather watch in the region due to gusty winds and high temperatures expected through the weekend. Due to the conditions, CAL FIRE has increased its staffing to prepare for the weekend, while the agency is urging residents to be extra cautious.
“Though much of Northern and Central California have received significant rain, Southern California remains very dry and the potential for large fires still exists,” said Chief Ken Pimlott, CAL FIRE director. “We will have extra firefighters and equipment available to respond to new wildfires during this wind event, but we are reminding residents to be extremely cautious while outdoors in order to help prevent accidental wildfires from starting.”
Stay up to date on the current wildfire conditions using a new free wildfire app from the American Red Cross. The new app includes a “Blaze Tracker” feature that allows users to customize the app for alerts specific for where they live, travel, or have loved ones.
In addition, build a disaster plan using the new Know Your Plan app developed by the Insurance Information Institute, and featuring property protection guidance from the Insurance Institute for Business & Home Safety (IBHS). The Know Your Plan is available for free at iTunes under “Your Plan,” or by searching “Insurance Information Institute” in the App store from any iPhone.
Meanwhile, reduce your risk of property damage using IBHS’ Wildfire Home Assessment & Checklist, as well as the IBHS Southern California Wildfire Retrofit Guide.
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