Wildfires are more likely to occur and spread during Red Flag conditions, when strong winds are accompanied by low humidity levels and high temperatures. OC Fire Watch will increase public awareness of the fire dangers by raising red “Fire Alert” flags at OC Parks and other County facilities, as well as at Orange County Fire Authority fire stations and participating City Halls throughout Orange County.
The program will also incorporate fire watch volunteers to help monitor the County’s wilderness parks, which are especially vulnerable to fire during Red Flag conditions. OC Parks and OCFA will raise Fire Alert flags at their respective facilities during designated Red Flag conditions, which will be based on CALFIRE advisories.
History has clearly demonstrated that Southern California wildfires are more likely to occur and more likely to spread when strong winds are accompanied by low humidity levels and high temperatures.
If the wind speeds are sufficient (25 mph or more) and the humidity levels low enough (less than 15%), this potentially dangerous combination actually prompts an official readiness response called the “Red Flag Program.”
Red Flag conditions typically have four progressive stages that are intended to reduce response time to absolute minimums. However, please note that, Stage IV (Cancellation) may occur at any time.
Follow these tips when driving:
During Red Flag Alerts, the Transportation Corridor Agencies (TCA) will:
OC Fire Watch Coordinator firstname.lastname@example.org
OC Fire Authority
Arson Tip Line