The National Weather Service (NWS) has called for unusually high temperatures and low relative humidity from today through Monday evening across the Santa Barbara South Coast, including Montecito. Although a local Red Flag event has not been established, Montecito Fire Protection District is staffing proactively due to local impacts from statewide fires.
In anticipation of the predicted weather event, Montecito Fire has increased staffing levels in the District with one (1) Type 6 Brush engine, one (1) Patrol, and is utilizing the local Citizens Emergency Response Team (MERRAG) to provide staffing at critical sites, and fill support roles.
Montecito residents should take this time to evaluate their preparedness levels. We recommend using the Ready! Set! Go! Program:
- Get READY! Create a defensible home. We will provide a free fire safety inspection for Montecito residents and make recommendations on how to make them more fire safe. Use extreme caution when operating spark of flame producing machinery in hazardous grass or brush areas.
- Get SET! Prepare your family. Review you evacuation plan with your family and discuss what you will do if a wildland fire occurs. You should identify at least two ways out of your neighborhood. If you are asked to evacuate by fire or law enforcement officials, leave the area immediately – your prompt action can save your life.
- GO Early! If a wildland fire is approaching, leave early! By leaving early, you will give your family the best chance of surviving a wildfire. You also help firefighters by keeping roads clear of congestion, enabling them to move more freely and do their job.
The Ready! Set! Go! brochure is available on our website (www.montecitofire.com) and at all Montecito Fire Stations.
While we are all very mindful about fire danger and its disastrous consequences, remember to prepare for any outside activities with adequate water, sunscreen, a cellular phone, and any other appropriate supplies. A hike in our beautiful front country on days like these is unusually dangerous due to the risk of heat injuries.
We also remind you to immediately report any signs of smoke by calling 911, and report any suspicious persons or vehicles to law enforcement.
In the event of a major incident in Montecito, go to www.montecitofire.com, or tune in to AM 1610 for additional information and situational updates.