WHAT EXACTLY IS A RED FLAG WARNING?
The National Weather Service issues red flag warnings when the following conditions are present leading to extreme wildland fire danger: Humidity is low, temperatures are high, ground fuels are dry, and winds are strong. In combination, these conditions lead to a critical and dramatic increase in wildfire activity. We know! We have seen both Waldo and Black Forest fires flare up and out of control within a very short time.
Remember, Crystal Park never allows outside wood fires under any circumstances. But during red flag warnings it becomes even more important to exercise caution: Be extra careful with your charcoal grill on the deck. Does your wood stove have a spark arrestor on the chiminey? Is your outdoor equipment in good working order so that no sparks are given off?
Crystal Park never allows fireworks of any kind within its borders, so please do not test those rules! They are there for our protection. And what about smoking outdoors....do you flip your ashes or your cigarette butt off the deck or out of the car window? DON'T!!! During a red flag warning, that could have dire effects. Have you instructed any workmen at your house not to smoke outside? Do it.
We must all be vigilent: report smoke or fire odor by calling 911. It is OK if it turns out to be unfounded!!! Better safe than sorry, right? Make the call!