Several Days of Santa Ana Winds Threaten Southern California with Critical Fire Weather

The National Weather Service has issued a Red Flag Warning for much of the Southern California region from today around 1800 hours through Saturday around 2200 hours PST. A moderate to strong Santa Ana event will impact the area with winds gusting up to 65 mph and relative humidity as low as 5%. These conditions, combined with warm temperatures may contribute to extreme fire behavior.

The strongest winds are likely for Thursday between 0600 and 1500 PST, with the foothills and canyons most at risk. Santa Ana winds will weaken Thursday night and Friday, however single digit humidity values will remain. Poor overnight recoveries are expected, with the driest day on Friday.

The forecast predicts dry offshore wind at least through Tuesday. Therefore, Red Flag conditions could continue for the area heading into next week.

What conditions warrant the issuing of a Red Flag Warning? Read our previous blog here to find out.

 

Source:

www.weather.gov

Tanker dropping fire retardant over Cameron Peak Fire

Firefighters Battle COVID-19 Along With Wildfires

Many “unprecedented” situations occurred throughout 2020, including wildfire season. In addition to the busy wildfire season, firefighters have also had to ensure their safety against COVID-19. Although crews took the necessary precautions, such as wearing masks and social distancing, during fire response, coronavirus cases still popped up.

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Iota Marks Strongest Storm Of The 2020 Atlantic Hurricane Season

Hurricane Iota tumbled into Central America late last night, where countries are still recovering from Hurricane Eta. The storm made landfall as a Category 4 Hurricane, near the town of Haulover, Nicaragua. This is just a mere 15 miles from Puerto Cabezas, Nicaragua where slightly less powerful Eta made landfall on November 3rd. However, Hurricane Iota impacts will likely be much stronger. The storm’s maximum winds were just 2 mph shy of Category 5 at 155 mph at landfall.

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How Cameras Benefit Fire Fighting Efforts

Have you ever wondered how fires are spotted or quickly confirmed before crews even arrive? The state of California has over 600 cameras that help! Previously, fire tower lookouts provided a necessary function for identifying and fighting new fires. Now, with the growth of technology, cameras throughout wilderness areas have helped firefighters and communities react quicker and smarter when fire emerges.

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The Impact of Wildfire Smoke on Health

With an unprecedented fire season, more people have seen or experienced the detrimental effects of wildfires. Smoke damage is frequently an overlooked consequence from these fires. Not only can smoke be damaging to homes, but it can also be harmful to wildlife and to one’s health. In August and September, extreme wildfire activity throughout the western states created an abundance of smoke that spread across the continental U.S. Unfortunately, the widespread smoke caused an increase in hazardous air quality across the country. RedZone decided to take a closer look at the effects of smoke on health and on local wildlife and pets. Read more

Zeta storm track

Zeta set to make Landfall as Record 27th Named Storm of 2020

Zeta is set to make landfall sometime Wednesday and Louisiana is in its sights for the fifth time in the last couple months. As the Atlantic’s record-tying 27th named storm of the year, Tropical Storm Zeta is forecast to become Hurricane Zeta sometime in the next 36 hours. Just one more storm named in 2020 and there will be a new record in the Atlantic region for named storms in a season. Way past the list of alphabet names for the season, storm names have moved on to the Greek alphabet for only the second time in history.

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Cameron Peak Fire Adds to Record-Setting 2020

Wednesday was two months and one day since the Cameron Peak Fire started. The fire had grown to over 134,000 acres since starting way back on August 13th . Before yesterday’s 30,000 acre run the fire was already the state’s third largest in their history. Now, sitting at a record-setting 164,140 acres, the fire surpassed this season’s Pine Gulch Fire which was contained in September at just over 139,000 acres. It is now the largest on record in Colorado State history.

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RedZone Announces Kwong Yau as New Director of Risk Products

Boulder, CO, 08/03/2020

RedZone is pleased to announce that Kwong Yau has joined the company as the organization’s new Director of Risk Products. Kwong comes from the insurance industry and brings forth an immeasurable amount of industry knowledge and experience.

 

Kwong, who holds a Master In Science from Villanova University, began a +20 year career-long relationship in risk management and product development specializing in natural catastrophes. Kwong’s proven ability to link data and analytics into effective models along with his expertise in the insurance industry will prove to be a powerful combination as he leads the continued development of the RedZone RZRisk product suite.

 

Kwong is especially grateful for the opportunity to apply his past experience to the RedZone team whilst helping to grow the company’s footprint further. “I am very excited to use my skill sets and industry knowledge to build great RedZone products to meet the changing needs of our customers, develop relationships with existing customers, strengthen the RedZone brand across applicable industries, and  generate sales and contribute to revenue growth. I am equally excited to collaborate and learn from the RedZone team.

 

As the founder and CEO of RedZone, Clark Woodward too is thrilled with the new appointment. “Kwong comes to us with extensive experience in the insurance industry which is already being applied to refine our products and interactions with customers. In his first week, Kwong has hit the ground running!”

 

About RedZone

By providing the most accurate, reliable, and up-to-date wildfire intelligence, value added analysis and field support, we serve our clients and their clients by aiding in the protection of property and assets, enhancing customer engagement and improving financial performance.

RedZone allows underwriters and insurers to take smarter risks by analyzing up-to-date disaster intelligence data and alerting clients of the potential catastrophic perils a property may face. RedZone has saved clients millions of dollars by reducing property loss claims whilst protecting the most valuable asset of all, their customers. RedZone’s Alert Dashboard pushes real-time alerts to insurers and brokers as soon as a wildfire, hurricane, earthquake threatens one of their customers.

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