Weather Service: Red Flag warning first ever in month of January

Extremely dry conditions create high risk

The National Weather Service has issued a red flag warning for the Kern County mountains until 4 p.m. Friday. 

According to a tweet by the weather service in Hanford, it is the first time in history that the service has issued a red flag warning for Kern County in the month of January.

Officials with the Bureau of Land Management said the low level of fuel moisture is a direct correlation to why fire season may start earlier this year.

"It's a combination of a lack of snowfall and rain precipitation which leads into our fuel conditions," said Kevin Chambers with the Bureau of Land Management of Central California. 

Chambers blames the drought conditions for the potential of fires through out the state.

The Land of Bureau Management said they normally declare fire restrictions in the mountain areas closer to the summer months, but with the recent Santa Ana's and low moisture levels they have already declared fire restriction near their Mother Lode offices.

Chambers said Kern County has not had any fire restrictions declared in our area yet, but if weather continues to be dry we could those restrictions as well.

The Kern County Fire Department has also seen some changes in the way they have handle fire season.

Normally KCFD will furlough some of their fire crews during winter months. This year they have decided to keep one of the crews on in case of any possible brush fires.

While both KCFD and the BLM said they have no used addition funding to provide extra services, they are still bringing in extra help to fight dry conditions.

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