Red Flag Extreme Warning in Southern California
Southern California residents are ready to evacuate given the signal due to the strongest Santa Ana winds this season. The strong winds have been attributed to the fast moving fire of the Thomas Fire near Ventura, California. The Thomas Fire has been burning at a record pace and has already tore through 31,000 acres. Ventura County has declared state of emergency and mandatory evacuations for over 27,000 people. Thousands are without power, schools have been closed, and some high risk patients have been relocated to other hospitals nearby.
Several meteorologists have said these Santa Ana winds are different than most that hit Southern California. Usually there is a 12-24 hour window of high winds which eventually do cease.This Santa Ana threat will last about 4 days, which will make fighting ongoing even more a dangerous challenge. Check out the Santa Ana Wildfire Index.
The Santa Ana winds started gusting early this week which resulted in high pressure around the plains. Winds gusts have been clocked between 40-50 mph and will continue. The constant winds will make it risky for helicopters and planes to render aid for from the sky. In addition to Ventura County, San Diego County has issued a Red Flag warning late yesterday afternoon. The National Weather Services extended their alert to “extreme” combustion hazards in the local coastal, inland valley and mountain communities through this weekend. The red flag warning originally was to expire Thursday night. To prepare for these treacherous conditions, San Diego Fire Rescuer and San Diego Gas and Electric will be manned through the weekend. With the National Weather Service predicting these unforeseen weather conditions – everyone is asked to prepared with their evacuation plans.
Preparing Your Clients for Wildfires
Since a property can ONLY fall within a Very High Fire Hazard Severity Zone OR a Wildland Area Hazard Zone, be sure your clients learn what preventable measures are best for their area. The traditional wildfire season, starting in June and lasting through the dry, summer months has been replaced with a 12-month, ongoing cycle. Years of prolonged drought, high temperatures and hot Santa Ana desert winds have ramped up wildfire conditions year-round. As a result, homeowners should always be aware of their home’s
surroundings and maintain 100 feet of Defensible Space. If you have any questions on either hazard zone, be sure to contact your local DisclosureSave Account Executive.