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Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Red Flag Warning: LAFD pre-deploying additional resources beginning 8:00 AM Wednesday 4-30-14

As a result of the National Weather Service Red Flag Warning, the Los Angeles Fire Department (LAFD) will pre-deploy additional resources beginning at 8:00 AM on Wednesday April 30, 2014

. These additional firefighters will be placed at select Neighborhood Fire Stations serving high hazard brush areas for an anticipated 24 hours, pending re-evaluated weather conditions.

      These Fire Stations include:
28 (Porter Ranch) 
71 (Bel Air, Beverly Glen, UCLA Campus)
77 (Sun Valley, Shadow Hills, La Tuna Canyon)
82 (Hollywood Hills and Northeast) 
83 (Encino) 
84 (Woodland Hills)
91 (Sylmar, N/E City of San Fernando)
97 (Laurel Canyon & Mulholland Drive)
99 (Beverly Glen and Mulholland Drive)
106 (West Hills, Chatsworth Lake, Canoga Park)
The specific stations and locations are based on fire experience, area access and fire potential.

Additional staffing includes:  21 Engines, 5 Brush Patrols (4x4 trucks able to access remote areas, equipped with water and hose), one Bulldozer Team, two Water Tenders (apparatus containing a large amount of water), one EIT (Firefighter Staff Assistant) for each Battalion and Division Chief, one additional Division Chief, two Metro Fire Dispatchers, one Air Operations Officer, one additional Pilot and two Helitac (helicopter) members.

'Red Flag' No Parking Sign. Click to learn more...
The City of Los Angeles has enacted 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 stay informed of current Red Flag Alert Parking Restrictions in the City of Los Angeles, please visit:

The Lowell Fire in Sunland on May 13, 2008
You Can Help!
While terrain is readily assessed, and many hazards are managed by our annual Brush Clearance Program, the LAFD asks you to remain cognizant of local fire weather.
Your personal awareness of overall wildfire danger, combined with readiness to take quick action are key to our collective survival of brush fires.

Some have asked, "What exactly is Ready! Set! Go!?" 

Here's a brief explanation. Those three words can prepare you and your family for a Wildfire:

Get Ready: Help protect your property by creating defensible space around your home. That means removing brush and replacing shake-shingle roofs. Assemble emergency supplies and plan your escape routes.
Get Set: If a wildfire threatens your neighborhood, act immediately. Place valuables in your vehicle, roll up the windows and back your vehicle into the driveway. Remove flammable materials from around your house.
Go: You don't have to wait to be told to leave, but if told to do so, do it. Remember firefighters need room in which to work. By leaving, you give them the best chance to protect your property.

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****REMINDER**** Every fire has the ability to be catastrophic. The wildland fire management environment has profoundly changed. Growing numbers of communities, across the nation, are experiencing longer fire seasons; more frequent, bigger, and more severe, fires are a real threat. Be careful with all campfires and equipment.
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