It's going to be a Red Flag weekend—stay vigilant.
Cal Fire says it is increasing staffing this weekend owing to the potential for "extreme fire weather across many parts of California," according to a news release. The warning comes on the heels of a week of remembrance in the North Bay following last October's devastating firestorm.
Cal Fire reports that the National Weather Service is predicting gusty winds and low humidity "in much of Northern California" this weekend. "We have increased our staffing," says Chief Ken Pimlott, "but need the public to remain vigilant.'
The agency is urging weekenders who are otherwise enjoying the great outdoors to "exercise extreme caution when in or near the wild-land or open areas to prevent sparking a fire."
They're asking folks to refrain from mowing or trimming dry grass on windy days; to not park their cars in dry grass; to target shoot in approved areas, with lead ammo only; and to ensure that any campfires are sanctioned by Le Authorities. And: Keep an eye peeled for arsonists.
For more info, head to Cal Fire's handy site offering fire prevention and evacuation tips: www.ReadyForWildfire.org.