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Red Flag Days warn of extreme fire danger

As fall arrives and the fire season is drawing to a close for most of the state, it is just beginning for coastal areas such as El Cerrito.

El Cerrito's Fire Department alerts resident of days when fire danger is particularly high by flying red flag pennants on fire station flag poles.

Red Flag Days are declared by the National Weather Service based on wind, temperature and humidity conditions. El Cerrito typically experiences six to 20 Red Flag Days each year, all after Sept. 1. The fire season is not considered at an end until the area has had about 100 hours of rainy weather.

In addition to flying red flags, the city increases patrols of areas such as the Hillside Natural Area and sends additional fire engines to reports of fire with the help of its mutual response agreements with Berkeley, Richmond and the Contra Costa Fire District. -- From report by Interim Fire Chief Mark Scott.


Run dates: 1999-10-01 - 2000-01-07

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