NWS issues first Red Flag Warning of 2023

We’re breaking down when and why Red Flag Warnings are issued.

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Wildfire season is officially upon us. For the first time this year, the National Weather Service has issued a Red Flag Warning across our region through 8 p.m. tonight, and PG&E is already forecasting potential power shutoffs today in areas like Yolo County.

A Red Flag Warning goes into effect when these three conditions are met, all of which contribute to increased fire risk:

  • Warm temperatures
  • Low humidity
  • Strong winds

National Weather Service officials also ask that residents conducting outdoor burns (where allowed) cover burn barrels with weighted metal covers, and drown fires with plenty of water until they are cold to the touch.

Make sure to check out our complete fire preparedness guide for more tips, including details on Cal Fire’s Ready, Set, Go! Plan.

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