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New flags to be hoisted during hazardous fire weather at county stations

Aim to alert residents to Red Flag Warning days

The Fire Weather Flag at Alameda County Fire Station 19 in Berkeley last week. The purpose of flying the red flags at fire stations is to remind the public that hazardous fire conditions are present and to refrain from activities and behaviors that may inadvertently initiate vegetation fires. (Photo courtesy of ACFD)

Starting this month, two dozen fire stations around Alameda County will hoist flags during dangerous fire weather conditions.

Closeup of ACFD's Fire Weather Flag. (Photo courtesy of ACFD)

The fire weather flags are aimed to warn the public on Red Flag Warning days to refrain from activities that could inadvertently ignite fires.

Those activities include yard work with combustion engine equipment, discarding smoking materials, and driving or parking on grassy areas.

The new banners will fly under the U.S. flag for the duration of Red Flag Warning conditions. Flag protocols will be observed, including half-staff conditions when only the Stars and Stripes would fly.

The flags are being distributed to the county's 27 stations, said Jo Leal, spokesperson for the Alameda County Fire Department.

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The county fire department serves unincorporated areas, along with Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and the cities of San Leandro, Emeryville, Dublin, Union City and Newark.

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New flags to be hoisted during hazardous fire weather at county stations

Aim to alert residents to Red Flag Warning days

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Uploaded: Tue, May 4, 2021, 6:10 pm

Starting this month, two dozen fire stations around Alameda County will hoist flags during dangerous fire weather conditions.

The fire weather flags are aimed to warn the public on Red Flag Warning days to refrain from activities that could inadvertently ignite fires.

Those activities include yard work with combustion engine equipment, discarding smoking materials, and driving or parking on grassy areas.

The new banners will fly under the U.S. flag for the duration of Red Flag Warning conditions. Flag protocols will be observed, including half-staff conditions when only the Stars and Stripes would fly.

The flags are being distributed to the county's 27 stations, said Jo Leal, spokesperson for the Alameda County Fire Department.

The county fire department serves unincorporated areas, along with Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and the cities of San Leandro, Emeryville, Dublin, Union City and Newark.

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