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Thursday, October 3, 2013

Red Flag Conditions LAFD Pre Deploying Additional Resources for Santa Ana Winds Wildfire Danger

As a result of the anticipated increased winds and lowering relative humidity, the Los Angeles Fire Department (LAFD) will pre-deploy additional resources at 8:00 PM on October 3rd, 2013.

Please note a Red Flag Condition has been issued for Los Angeles City. 

Red Flag Restricted Parking will be in effect from Thursday, October 3, 2013 08:00 PM to Friday, October 4, 2013 08:00 AM or until further notice.

When fire weather conditions dictate, the City of Los Angeles may enact special parking restrictions in areas historically prone to wildfire. These are critical areas (very narrow roads, hairpin turns, and key intersections) where parked vehicles could delay citizens trying to evacuate and delay fire companies attempting to gain access during a fast moving Brush Fire.

This local declaration of parking restrictions is separate from regional forecasts from our friends at the National Weather Service.

To determine current Red Flag Alert Parking Restrictions in the City of Los Angeles, please call 3-1-1 or visit: lafd.org/redflag

'Red Flag' No Parking Sign. Click to learn more...

Additional staffing includes:  21 Engines, 15 Brush Patrols (4x4 trucks able to access remote areas, equipped with water and hose), one Bulldozer Team, two Water Tenders (apparatus containing large amount of water), one EIT (Firefighter Staff Assistant) for each Battalion and Division Chief, two Metro Fire Dispatchers, one Air Operations Officer and two Helitac (helicopter) members, along with Community (CERT) Fire Patrols. 

 These additional firefighters will be placed at select Neighborhood Fire Stations serving high hazard brush areas. These Fire Stations include: 8, 19, 23, 28, 35, 41, 44, 47, 74, 83, 84, 78, 94, 98, and 109. The specific stations/locations are based on fire experience, area access and fire potential.

LAFD
Emergency Public Information (EPI) Center
Los Angeles Fire Department
500 East Temple Street
Los Angeles, CA 90012
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