Cal Fire prepares during red flag warning

Cal Fire has added equipment and staff into their rotation because of current weather conditions and they are ready to go should a fire start.

Posted: Jun 9, 2019 9:21 AM

BUTTE COUNTY, Calif. - Cal Fire has added equipment and staff into their rotation because of current weather conditions and they are ready to go should a fire start.

High-winds and low-humidity have caused the first red flag warning of the season on June 8 through June 9 and Cal Fire said they are prepared.

"For the first red flag warning of the season, the only thing we've added to our regular staffing is one of our Butte center crews," said Rick Carhart from Cal Fire. "They are on a 24-hour shift today."

This extra crew adds more than a dozen extra firefighters standing by and ready to help in an emergency.

"We've got air attack and one air tanker stationed at the Chico air attack base at the airport," Carhart added.

Neighbors close to high-fire-risk vegetation told Action News Now the red flag warning has them on edge.

"It is a big concern. We have this big open spot over here and we had a scare when the fire came down, you know. It came down up there," said Jim Pinocchio. "My wife and I have a plan in case we have to get out if something happens."

Cal Fire says to check your cars and trucks to be sure they are not dragging any chains along the roads.

They also warn that if you do have yard work to do, do not run lawnmowers or weed eaters.

"If you live in this area of the state, there are definitely reasons why people wanna live here: it's a great place to live," said Carhart. "There are also hazards that go along with living here and I think people need to understand what those are. You need to make sure you are keeping yourself and your property safe."

To find more information on how to stay safe during fire season, CLICK HERE.

Article Comments

Chico
Clear
46° wxIcon
Hi: 73° Lo: 40°
Feels Like: 46°
Oroville
Clear
52° wxIcon
Hi: 71° Lo: 43°
Feels Like: 52°
Paradise
Clear
46° wxIcon
Hi: 61° Lo: 41°
Feels Like: 46°
Chester
Clear
31° wxIcon
Hi: 49° Lo: 30°
Feels Like: 25°
Red Bluff
Clear
55° wxIcon
Hi: 68° Lo: 46°
Feels Like: 55°
Willows
Clear
46° wxIcon
Hi: 70° Lo: 43°
Feels Like: 46°
The Red Flag Warning continues through Thursday morning, but very pleasant weather is ahead for the remainder of this week. Cooler temperatures and a decent chance for showers return next week.
KHSL Severe
KHSL Radar
KHSL Temperatures

Community Events