Local fire officials and the Douglas County Office of Emergency Management want to strongly advise residents to be aware of the red flag warning, which is in effect for Douglas County from Monday night at 11:00 pm through Wednesday afternoon at 5:00 PM.
Forecasted strong, gusty winds combined with low relative humidity and the already extreme fire danger create a greater risk for wildfires and their significant spread.
“Residents should be aware of the elevated dangers that exist in these conditions,” said Douglas County Emergency Manager Wayne Stinson. “We encourage everyone to refrain from activities which could compound the already dangerous fire conditions”.
Douglas Forest Protective Association spokesman, Kyle Reed, said “The critical fire weather conditions combined with our already dry wildland fuels is a recipe for disaster if a new wildfire occurs. With these conditions, it only takes one small spark to ignite a dangerous wildfire that can threaten life, property, natural resources and critical infrastructure”.
The Sheriff’s Office would like to remind every resident of the county to have an evacuation plan as part of their emergency preparedness planning. Emergency preparedness begins before the emergency exists and is the responsibility of every citizen. Information and resources can be found at www.dcso.com/preparedness_N.asp and www.ready.gov