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Fire crews prepared for dangerous weather conditions

Posted at 4:31 PM, Sep 28, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-29 03:36:21-04

SAN DIEGO (KGTV)- Across California, a record-breaking 3.7 million acres have already burned in more than 8-thousand wildfires this year.

Both Cal Fire San Diego and the San Diego Fire-Rescue Department are preparing to respond to potential fire disasters, as dangerous weather conditions return to San Diego County.

“We know the potential is there,” said Thomas Shoots, a public information officer for Cal Fire. “We’re holding all our firefighters on duty, and we’re staffing on every piece of equipment to make sure we’re covered, we’ve brought on contract dozers. We’ve asked that the other agencies that we work with here in the county provide resources, and they stepped up, and we’re very appreciative of that.”

San Diego Fire-Rescue has also increased staffing and equipment.

The National Weather Service extended a Red Flag Warning to Tuesday at 5 p.m. for the inland valleys and mountains.

A heat advisory will also be in effect Tuesday through Thursday.

Just weeks ago, the Valley Fire destroyed homes and charred more than 16 thousand acres in the East County.

With similar weather conditions, fire crews hope community members will try to reduce the possibility of a fire sparking.

“If everybody could do their part, anything they can think of that can start a fire, whether its dragging chains down the highway, clearing brush with metal motors, please be extra cautious,” said Shoots.

SDG&E warned 700 customers in the backcountry of the possibility of Public Safety Power Shutoffs (PSPS) but sent the all-clear to most customers by Monday afternoon.

However, 19 customers in Descanso may still be impacted by PSPS overnight into Tuesday.