Heat Warning
For Immediate Release

County of Sonoma Encourages Residents and Visitors to be Prepared for Red Flag and High Heat Warning

Santa Rosa, CA  –  June 29, 2018  –  The National Weather Service issued a Red Flag Warning which is in effect from 11 pm Friday to 11 pm Saturday. A 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.

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 29 through June 30 fire agencies in Sonoma County will up-staff and pre-deploy resources throughout the county. Additionally, Sonoma County Fire and Emergency Services Department is reminding community members that all fireworks in unincorporated Sonoma County are illegal. This includes “Safe and Sane” type fireworks that may be legal to purchase in other cities. For more information on Fireworks regulations in Sonoma County, go to: https://sonomacounty.ca.gov/FES/Fire-Prevention/Firework-Regulations/

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.


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 www.SoCoAlert.com.
  • 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.

Sonoma County Department of Health Services and Emergency Response partners remind residents that excessive heat poses a significant health risk. For information on staying safe during times of high temperatures, visit: https://sonomacounty.ca.gov/Public-Safety/Heat-Safety/.


Contact Information

County Administrator's Office
County of Sonoma
575 Administration Drive
Suite 104A
Santa Rosa, CA 95403
38.464665, -122.725235