Red flag warning in Yolo county

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FILE: A fence post catches fire during the Eighty Eight Fire in July 2018. Photo by Taylor Buley

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The National Weather Service in San Francisco has issued a red flag warning, which is in effect from 11 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 26, to 5 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 27. In response to the red flag event, CAL FIRE has implemented a staffing pattern to augment firefighting resources. Locally that will mean a pre-positioned strike team of CAL FIRE engines from outside the unit and all hand crews and bulldozers will be staffed 24 hours a day. Northerly winds will increase Wednesday evening through Thursday afternoon, peaking early tomorrow morning reaching approximately 35 miles per hour. The combination of gusty winds, low humidity, and very dry fuels will result in critical fire weather conditions. CAL FIRE Unit Chief Shana Jones asks that outdoor power equipment not be used until the red flag event has ended and even then, use as early in the day as possible to avoid the increased burning conditions during the heat of the day. Approximately 11 percent of the fires in the Sonoma-Lake-Napa Unit are caused by individuals using equipment in and around dry vegetation. To learn about what steps you can take to be ready, visit http://www.readyforwildfire.org/Prepare-For-Wildfire/.]]>

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