A "Red Flag Warning" is a forecast warning issued by the United States National Weather Service
to inform area firefighting agencies that conditions are ideal for wildland fire
ignition and propagation. A "Red Flag Warning" means high fire danger with
increased probability of a quickly spreading vegetation fire in the area within 24 hours.
Red flags will fly at all Santa Clara County Fire Department fire stations to alert the
public when the National Weather Service has issued a "Red Flag Warning" for Santa Clara County.
Use of the red flags is one element of Santa Clara County Fire Department's comprehensive effort
to enhance our community members' knowledge regarding fire prevention and defensible space requirements.
Community members can take steps to protect their homes, their property, and themselves.
Santa Clara County Fire Department urges everyone to follow these guidelines:
Santa Clara County Fire Department and California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection
(CAL FIRE) Santa Clara Unit participate in alerting the community of "Red Flag Warnings."
In addition to flying red flags on extreme fire weather days, the Santa Clara County Fire
Department is teaching wildland fire safety awareness to community members as part of the
Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) training.
For additional information about fire safety and fire resistant landscaping, contact Santa
Clara County Fire Department or log onto the following websites: