Congratulations to Diego Vasquez, age 9 of Napa, for being the Napa County, CA Firewise featured artist for October. Diego’s illustration of a firefighter challenging a wind-driven wildfire is a reminder of what can occur during Red Flag conditions.
The National Weather Service (NWS) issues Red Flag Warnings & Fire Weather Watches to alert land management agencies and fire departments about the onset, or possible onset, of critical weather and fuel moisture conditions that could lead to rapid or dramatic increases in wildfire activity due to low relative humidity, strong winds, dry fuels, or a combination of these conditions.
Remember, when a Red Flag warning is posted take it seriously - it’s a sign that the risk of a wildland fire is much higher than normal.
It’s important to keep in mind that in many parts of the U.S. wildfire season is truly never over. Wildfire preparedness and mitigation is a year-round effort. Pay attention the next time you hear there’s a Red Flag alert in your community and make it part of your workplace water cooler conversation or social media posts.