Burbank Fire Department Prepared for Red Flag Weather

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(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

The National Weather Service has issued a “Red Flag Warning” for the area the next couple of days with Santa Ana winds, high temperatures and low humidity on the horizon. The fire danger is high as signs in the hills currently indicate.

 (Photo by Ross A. Benson)
(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

The Burbank Fire Depart. is always ready for whatever emergency may arise, but with the conditions perfect the firefighters know the alarm might go off for them to respond to nearby brush fires locally or even in the surrounding areas besides Burbank.

Burbank Fire is within what is known as ‘Area C.’ When Verdugo Fire Dispatch sends the call, they respond as needed for local assistance and are called to go on a “Strike Team” at anytime within the state.

 ( Photo by Ross A. Benson)
Fire Engineer Matthew Garland checks hoses and equipment on Water Tender 16 on Thursday (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Burbank Fire Department has a 2,000 gallon water tender, known as Water Tender 16, and it’s housed at Fire Station 16 on Bel Aire Drive. The huge white truck is checked daily and ready to respond upon request. It is filled with regular hydrant water and can deliver water to requesting engine companies, helicopters or ground crews.

The Burbank Fire Department asks that if you see anything suspicious call and report it. They also remind the public that open flames in all brush areas is illegal during “Red Flag” days. They say large fires start as small fires and if they can get to them quickly that helps. While driving they also ask that if you see or hear an emergency vehicle please move to the right side of the road.

 ( Photo by Ross A. Benson)
Fire Engineer Matthew Garland checks the condition and readiness of Water Tender 16 Thursday afternoon (Photo by Ross A. Benson)