Tuesday, May 19, 2009
As wildfire conditions worsen with higher temperatures, lower humidity levels and gustier winds, Bernalillo County fire stations and several other local agencies have adopted a simple, yet effective way to signal pending danger.
On Red Flag Days, meaning days on which the National Weather Service has declared that "catastrophic wildfire conditions" exist, the County's 10 fire stations and Emergency Communications Center will replace each of its U.S. flags outside with a 3' x 5' red, rectangular flag. Red Flag Days remind residents that it's hot, dry, and windy-- the perfect recipe for wildfires.
“When you see red flags, be extra careful. Don't light any fires outside—even a cigarette,” says Bernalillo County Fire Chief John A. Garcia. “ If you see smoke or flames, call 9-1-1 immediately. As more and more people move away from the city to rural areas such as the East Mountains to enjoy the beauty of the environment, they face a very real wildfire danger-- especially during this time of the year.”
For more information on how to protect yourself, your loved ones, and your property from wildfire, please visit the County's Fire Preparedness Information page.
Wildfire Protection Plan (video)
How to keep your home safe from wildfires (video)
“Burn Hotline” -- 768-4200
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