SAN DIEGO (NEWS 8/CNS) - Fire crews remained on high alert as warm, gusty and dry conditions made the region ripe for wildfires.
The National Weather Service activated a 26-hour "red flag" warning to alert the public to local combustion danger in the county's mountains and valleys on Monday morning. In preparation for the increased fire danger, the San Diego Fire-Rescue Department increased staffing numbers to help with fire assistance.
The staffing increase ends Tuesday, but the department said it will continue to monitor weather conditions and will increase staffing again if the weather changes.
Fires burning throughout California are reminders of how quickly wildfires can spread and threaten lives, and local officials are urging San Diegans to make sure they are prepared in the event of an evacuation. Most fire-related deaths occur because people wait too long to evacuate rather than leaving early and giving your family its best chance for survival, not to mention giving firefighters more room to operate.
"A lot of people don't consider the smoke," one firefighter said. "When people are trying to leave their homes, they may not have any visibility to actually drive safely, so that's why we try to get people out early and we just hope that people comply with that."
Having an evacuation plan in place can also be the difference between life and death. Experts say you should have two safe routes for exiting your home and you should practice evacuating, especially if you have kids.
Check out these links for more preparation tips that will help keep you and your family safe.
Thanksgiving could see record-setting heat in San Diego County, according to forecasters, who also reported the smashing of temperature records across the county on Wednesday.
A charity run, meals for the needy, a long-running music festival and holiday shopping are on tap for Thursday's Thanksgiving Day in San Diego.
Your living room often becomes your work space if you work from home. If you have kids, the house can be even more chaotic. Well now, more women are able to take 10-15 steps out of their home and into their "she shed."
Around 60,000 passengers are expected to pass through San Diego's Lindbergh Field daily during the upcoming holiday weekend.
Thanksgiving meals were provided to the needy around San Diego County Wednesday, one day ahead of the holiday.
A pedestrian was killed Wednesday night in a hit-and-run crash in the Mountain View section of San Diego and police detained the driver, who fled the scene on foot after the vehicle struck a house.
U.S. and Japanese ships and aircraft were searching in the Philippine Sea on Thursday for three sailors missing since a U.S. Navy aircraft crashed a day earlier.
A decomposing body found inside a 55-gallon barrel that was floating in the San Diego Bay last month has been identified.
The always-heated topic of whether to begin holiday shopping on Thanksgiving Day will be raised again Thursday, as many chain stores will open their doors around San Diego one day before the so-called "Black Friday."