It may be late January but we are still in high fire season in Southern California.
The National Weather Service has issued a fire weather watch for Ventura County and parts of Santa Barbara County. It will be in effect from Thursday night through Friday evening.
”What this means is we are going to have a time of off-shore winds. We are going to have relative humidity dropping between 8 and 15 percent and wind gusts up to 45 miles an hour in the mountain areas, and 35 down on the plains,” said Mike Lindbery with the Ventura County Fire Department.
The current weather conditions combined with our current dry fuel could create extreme fire danger and behavior.
“What is really unusual now is the lack of moisture in the fuels and the fact that we have a lot of dead fuels out there,” said Lindbery.
Ventura County fire crews are ready to jump into action if needed.
“We are always prepared; if we get a fire right now we will probably respond in our helicopter, and it will come pick us up right down the street, and we will go fly to a brush fire,” said Wess Hansen, a firefighter for the Ventura County Fire Department hand crew.
Firefighters urge you to be ready as well.
“This is not a usual event and people really need to stay on top of things when it comes to protecting their homes. Be ready, be alert and have a plan and be ready to go any time of the year should the need arise,” said Lindbery.