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Released by: Board of Supervisors
For Immediate Release

County of Sonoma Encourages Residents and Visitors to be Prepared for First Red Flag Warning of the Fire Season

Santa Rosa, CA  –  June 22, 2018  –  The National Weather Service issued a Red Flag Warning which is in effect from 11 am Saturday, June 23, 2018 to 8 PM Sunday, June 24, 2018

Red Flag Warning means that critical fire weather conditions comprised of strong winds, low relative humidity, and warm temperatures are either occurring now, or will shortly.

“We have learned that Red Flag Warnings need to be treated like hurricane advisories. Not to invoke fear, rather to drive awareness and preparedness,” shared Supervisor Gore. “At a basic level this means: don’t do anything to start a fire, and have a plan for your family should a fire come your way.”

Stay informed

  • Sign up for safety information on Nixle by texting your zip code to 888-777.
  • For information on immediate threats to personal safety or property, tailored to an address of your choosing, sign up for SoCo Alerts
  • Sonoma County will send a Wireless Emergency Alert to areas if evacuations are ordered, intended to reach all cell phones in the area.
  • You can view current National Weather Service Alerts for Sonoma County here.

Review your evacuation and communication plan

  • Identify several evacuation routes for your location in case roads are blocked, and tell someone out of the area which routes you plan to use.
  • If you will evacuate by car, keep your car fueled and in good condition. If your car is in a garage, know how to manually open the garage door in case of a power outage.
  • Make a list of what you’ll want to take with you if you leave your home quickly. Consider the Five P’s of Evacuation: 1) People/Pets; 2) Prescriptions; 3) Papers; 4) Personal Needs; 5) Priceless Items.

Prevent Fires 

  • If you see smoke or flames, please call 911 immediately.
  • Do not use open flames, briquettes or fireworks of any kind.
  • Never mow or trim on dry grass on a Red Flag Warning Day.
  • Do not park or drive vehicles in dry grass.
  • Keep flammable objects (lawn mowers, oil or gas cans, propane tanks and wood piles) at least 30 feet away from the home at all times.
  • Keep roofs, gutters, decks and patios clear of leaves, pine needles or other flammables.

Fire Departments and Districts are aware of the Red Flag Warning. Each Department or District has their own plan to respond to Red Flag Warnings, based on the needs of their area. Beginning June 23, 20183 at 8:00 am through June 24, 2018 at 8:00 PM fire agencies in Sonoma County will up-staff and pre-deploy resources throughout the county.

Likewise, Sonoma County Emergency Management Division is actively monitoring conditions and staff is on call and ready to respond to changing conditions that could impact our residents.

Sonoma County Department of Health Services and Emergency Response partners remind residents that excessive heat poses a significant health risk. For information on managing high temperatures visit


Contact Information

County Administrator's Office
County of Sonoma
575 Administration Drive
Room 104A
Santa Rosa, CA 95403
38.464626, -122.725441