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Santa Barbara County fire up-staffing ahead of fire weather

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. - The Santa Barbara County Fire Department is adding additional staff Wednesday night after the National Weather Service issued a Red Flag Warning.

A Red Flag Warning is issued when warm temperatures, very low humidities and strong winds are expected to produce increased risk of fire.

The National Weather Service in Oxnard issued the Red Flag Warning for Santa Barbara South Coast and Mountains from 6 p.m. Wednesday through 9 a.m. Thursday.

The Santa Barbara County Fire Department has increased staff and added a fire hand crew and water tender to be ready to respond to fires on the South Coast.

Additionally, a CalFire Strike Team will be stationed in Buellton.

Santa Barbara County Fire Captain Daniel Bertucelli said, "We will be upstaffing with water tenders, hand crews, bulldozers as well as having a pre-positions CalFire type 3 strike team in Buellton, which is a perfect mid-county location to respond to any fire either north, mid, or south county,"

Many agencies including Santa Barbara County Fire have sent crews to help with the Glass Fire burning in the Napa Valley.

They count on mutual aid, especially when fire danger is high.


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