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2020.5.7 SCCFD RSG Red Flag Warning

Get Ready

Being Ready for wildfire starts with maintaining an adequate defensible space and by hardening your home. Defensible space is the buffer you create by removing dead plants, grass and weeds. Hardening your home means using construction materials that can help your home withstand flying embers finding weak spots in the construction, which can result in your house catching fire.

Defensible Space Zones

Plant and Tree Spacing

Vertical Spacing

Horizontal Spacing

Fire-Safe Landscaping

Harden Your Home


Red Flag Warning


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A RED FLAG WARNING is a notice issued by the National Weather Service (NWS) that weather conditions in the next 24 hours may result in extreme fire behavior. These conditions may include:

2019610 SCCFD Red Flag Warning updated

Red Flag Warnings are often preceded by a Fire Weather Watch, which is also a NWS notice indicating that weather conditions in the next 12-72 hours may result in extreme fire behavior and trigger a Red Flag Warning.

2019610 SCCFD Red Flag Warning Logo DIGITALDuring a Red Flag Warning, Santa Clara County Fire Department and partner fire and County agencies may:

  • Place red flags outside of fire stations.
  • Send informational alerts, post information on social media and notify local media outlets.
  • Increase staffing and staff additional fire equipment.
  • Patrol highly vulnerable areas.
  • Suspend open burning.
  • Review cooperative plans with law enforcement, local government officials and neighboring fire departments.

BE AWARE during Red Flag Warnings!

Red Flag Warning Reminders: