Monday, December 31, 2007

Explosive fire conditions send Nor Cal Fire Crews South

Red Flags and Fire weather watches have Cal Fire prepositioning resources in the Southern California again.

SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA (Cal Fire News) - Cal Fire crews and resources from Northern California started heading for the southland Monday as critical, explosive fire conditions were forecast for all of South California.

With high winds from the Northeast combined with very low humidities forecasted the National Weather service warned of "Explosive Fire conditions".

Bulldozers, strike teams and air tankers from the north began their move to the South as Southern California was placed on another critical fire weather watch.

Five strike teams from central California arrived Sunday night at Cal Fire headquarters in Rancho San Diego.

In addition to a CDF helicopter from Monterey, Three air tankers were ready in Ramona and three more in Hemet will be on standby.

Southern California is essentially now under a year round fire season, according to Cal Fire officials.

These Santa Ana weather events create critical conditions that are ideal for large uncontrolled wildland fires with an increased probability of a quickly spreading wild land fire within the next twenty-four hours.

3 comments:

  1. The goal of the OWS is to provide faster weather watches than what is currently provided by the NWS in Southern California. It has prepared fire authorities days ahead of time. Glad to have the service.

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  2. Did you mean to comment on a different posting this one does not mention OWS?

    But I am becoming a big fan of the service myself
    Your Editor, Bob

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  3. Yes I did mean it on the other one. Apology to you Sir.

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