Laguna Beach Special Update City of Laguna Beach, California


Red Flag Warning Issued for the City of Laguna Beach

Extreme fire weather conditions continue across Southern California with a dangerous combination of strong Santa Ana winds and extremely low relative humidity.

Due to these conditions, the Laguna Beach Fire Chief has issued a Red Flag Warning for the City of Laguna Beach effective immediately through 8:00 a.m. on Tuesday, October 27th.

Sustained winds of 25-35 MPH with gusts of 35-40 MPH in the canyons are possible throughout the evening and overnight along with low humidity levels.

An elevated sense of awareness is imperative during extreme weather conditions.

City's Red Flag Warning Action:

  • Roving Fire Department Patrols. In addition to the Laguna Beach Fire Department’s normal operations, firefighters are conducting roving fire patrols in neighborhoods, on the Fire Road and at trailheads, and have increased staffing.
  • Police Department Fire Watch Patrols. Police Department Beach Patrol Officers will continue the fire watch on the Fire Road and in the Laguna Canyon Road open space.
  • Increased Fire, Police and Public Works Staffing. Crews from all City Departments are on high alert and due to the Red Flag Warning staffing has been increased in all Departments that are key to fire mitigation.
  • Continued Communication Between City Leaders. The City’s Emergency Operations Coordinator and Management Team are communicating every few hours to address situations and anticipate needs as they arise.

Click HERE to watch Laguna Beach Police Chief Mike Garcia's 2020 Wildfire Season Update.

The Silverado Fire near Irvine is producing substantial amounts of smoke this afternoon. Strong Santa Ana winds are moving the smoke plumes towards the southwest into Irvine, Costa Mesa, Laguna Beach and Newport Beach. If you smell smoke or see ash due to a wildfire, limit your exposure by remaining indoors with windows and doors closed or seeking alternate shelter, and avoiding vigorous physical activity.

Laguna Beach Red Flag Parking Restrictions Now in Effect

During a Red Flag Warning, parking restrictions are implemented for the Diamond/Crestview Neighborhood.

Effective immediately, any vehicles that are parked in marked parking spaces with a “red flag” painted in the center of the asphalt may be cited or towed at this time.

When Red Flag Warnings are issued this information will be shared on the City’s website, social media accounts, official press release, and through Nixle.

Due to fire conditions, trailhead access from Alta Laguna and Mouton Meadows is now closed. The County has also closed Laguna Coast and Aliso Woods Parks.

The City of Laguna Beach urges extreme caution, because a simple spark can cause a major wildfire.

  • Report fire or smoke incidents immediately by calling 9-1-1. Open fires are never allowed within the City of Laguna Beach.
  • Create defensible space by removing all combustibles from around your home, including dead and dying vegetation, and trim/maintain your landscaping.
  • If you have a driveway or garage, please use it. Please keep roads clear for emergency vehicles and evacuations by not parking on narrow streets.

Evaluate Your Preparedness Levels Now

  1. Create an emergency plan with your family, know your neighborhood evacuation routes and be Ready, get Set, and when told, GO!
  2. Register for AlertOC which is the mass notification system for Orange County and the City by going to www.alertoc.com, make sure you include your cell phone number, text number, and email addresses so we can contact you no matter where you are.

3. Register for Nixle. In order to ensure you are contacted during a local emergency or Red Flag Warning, please text 92651 to 888-777.

Red Flag Warnings are shared on the City’s website, social media accounts, official press releases, and through Nixle.

A Laguna Beach-specific Emergency Kit Backpack is available for purchase. You can purchase the Laguna Beach Emergency Kit Backpack for $50.00 on the City’s website via https://bit.ly/2DlnFGy. No profits are being made from the sale of this backpack. Let’s get PREPARED!
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