Orange County is currently under a red flag warning. A red flag warning is issued when warm temperatures, very low humidities, and stronger winds are all possible and combine to produce an increased risk of fire danger, according to the National Weather Service.
During a red flag warning, here are simple ways to keep people and communities safe:
- If you are allowed to burn in your area, all burn barrels must be covered with a weighted metal cover, with holes no larger than 3/4 of an inch.
- Do not throw cigarettes or matches out of a moving vehicle. They may ignite dry grass on the side of the road and become a wildfire.
- Extinguish all outdoor fires properly. Drown fires with plenty of water and stir to make sure everything is cold to the touch. Dunk charcoal in water until cold. Do not throw live charcoal on the ground and leave it.
- Never leave a fire unattended. Sparks or embers can blow into leaves or grass, ignite a fire, and quickly spread.