CAL FIRE Prepared For Red Flag Warning With Focus On Community Safety
Sep 27, 2013
SAN DIEGO, Sept. 27, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- The National Weather Service today issued a Red Flag Warning due to high winds, dry brush and increased fire danger in San Diego County. The Red Flag Warning will be in effect from 12 p.m. Friday, September 27 through 5 p.m. Saturday, September 28 for the following communities: Ramona, Valley Center, Fallbrook, Escondido, El Cajon, Alpine, Potrero, Campo, Santa Ysabel, Descanso, Julian, Ranchita, and Warner Springs.
"Fire-fighting agencies throughout the state will be on high alert this weekend," said CAL FIRE Captain Mike Mohler. "This is the first Red Flag Warning of what is shaping up to be one of the most challenging fire seasons in many years. High winds can turn a spark into a devastating wildfire in just minutes, so we're calling on San Diegans to be extremely vigilant in the high fire-risk areas of the county."
During the Red Flag Warning, CAL FIRE urges all Californians to exercise extreme caution outdoors in order to prevent wildfires. A few helpful reminders and fire prevention tips include:
CAL FIRE and San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E) also remind San Diegans that power outages can be expected during extreme wind conditions. SDG&E encourages customers to be prepared by having the following on hand:
SDG&E offers a number of tools to help customers during an interruption in electric service, they can visit sdge.com/outages to check the status of a power outage, download SDG&E's mobile app at sdge.com/mobileapps or connect with SDG&E's Customer Contact Center at 1-800-411-SDGE (7343), on Twitter (@SDGE) and Facebook. In addition, customers in the high fire-risk area can monitor current wind speeds at sdge.com/weatheroutage.
San Diegans are also asked to report any downed lines immediately to 1-800-411-SDGE (7343). If you encounter a downed line, always assume it is live and never touch a fallen line or a person or vehicle in contact with the line.
For more ways to help prevent and prepare for wildfires visit ReadyForWildfire.org or www.fire.ca.gov.
SDG&E is a regulated public utility that provides safe and reliable energy service to 3.4 million consumers through 1.4 million electric meters and 861,000 natural gas meters in San Diego and southern Orange counties. The utility's area spans 4,100 square miles. SDG&E is committed to creating ways to help customers save energy and money every day. SDG&E is a subsidiary of Sempra Energy (NYSE: SRE), a Fortune 500 energy services holding company based in San Diego. Connect with SDG&E's Customer Contact Center at 800-411-7343, on Twitter (@SDGE) and Facebook.
SOURCE San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E)
For further information: Mike Mohler, CAL FIRE, (619) 590-3100 x201 (office), (619) 933-2357 (cell), www.calfire.ca.gov, @CALFIRESANDIEGO; or Amber Albrecht, San Diego Gas & Electric (877) 866-2066, (858) 654-1796 (cell) www.sdge.com , @sdge