General Security

RED FLAG AND FIRE WARNINGS

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The National Weather Service issues Red Flag Warnings and Weather Watches to alert the fire services to the onset or potential onset of critical weather and dry conditions that could lead to a rapid or dramatic increase in wildland fire activity.

A Red Flag Warning is issued for weather events that could lead to extreme fire behavior within 24 hours. A fire warning message is issued when weather conditions could occur in the next 12-72 hours. A red flag warning is the highest level of alert. Extreme caution should be exercised by all residents during these times, as a simple spark can start a large fire.

A fire weather warning is one level below a warning, but the fire danger is still high. Weather patterns that can trigger an observation or warning include low relative humidity, high winds, dry fuels, the possibility of dry lightning strikes, or a combination of the above.

In the event of increased fire danger, the Truckee Fire Protection District will place additional firefighters on duty, staff more fire trucks, and have more equipment on standby 24 hours a day to respond to new fires. We urge all residents to be extremely cautious, especially during times of high fire danger. It is important that all residents and visitors take steps to prevent forest fires. One less spark could mean one less forest fire.

DURING A RED FLAG WARNING:

All open flames are prohibited within the boundaries of the Truckee Fire Protection District (this includes gas flames and other outdoor cooking devices, which are normally exempt under the District’s Seasonal Fire Prohibition Ordinance).

The use of power tools for home and yard maintenance is strongly discouraged. However, it is not illegal under the current ordinance (please check with your neighborhood homeowners association as regional regulations sometimes apply).

To receive a Red Flag Alert and all other Truckee Fire Protection District emergency alerts, visit CodeRED and sign up for alerts.

As always, use extreme caution during this dangerous weather!

If you see a violation of these guidelines during an active Red Flag Warning, do not hesitate to call 911. These warnings are issued to prevent a serious incident and community vigilance is always appreciated.

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