The fire danger remains extreme through the weekend as the National Weather Service is continuing its red flag warning for San Diego County through 8 p.m. Sunday. Single-digit humidity levels in combination with more widespread winds building up strength over the weekend mean residents must stay alert for fires and avoid any activities that could spark a fire.
The Lilac Fire and wildfires to the north of San Diego County serve as a reminder to everyone to have a family emergency plan which includes an emergency kit. As part of that, families should practice evacuating and discuss where they will meet if they are separated when an emergency breaks out.
Pre-planning or pre-packing of irreplaceable documents and mementos could give people peace of mind. News reports on wildfire survivors frequently mention that they had only minutes to flee and left with just the clothes on their back.
For the latest emergency updates in English and Spanish, visit www.sdcountyemergency.com, and download the SD Emergency app. If you are affected by the fire and need to talk to someoneby phone about evacuations, shelters, road closures and other non-emergency disaster-related services, call 211. If you are hearing impaired, dial 711 and ask to be connected to (858) 300-1211.
Also- be sure to close and lock windows and doors when not at home. False alarm calls due to wind-blown doors and windows reduce service levels for legitimate emergencies. Double check before you leave the house.