Fire Chief’s Halloween Weekend Report: Safety/Weather/Burn Permits

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Thurs., Oct. 29, we are expecting some gusty north winds up to 20 or so mph. This will not be Red Flag Warning conditions, but will surely move a fire along quickly, so please use caution.

Saturday night is Trick-or-Treat night. There will be many young goblins and ghouls scurrying from house to house – often darting across streets and roadways. Drivers, let’s give them some space and room. Please drive slowly and with caution through our residential areas. Anticipate that some careless child might suddenly dart in front of your car. Please report ALL suspicious activity immediately. We want to ensure that all of our children have a safe and enjoyable Halloween!

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Halloween is Saturday. Watch out for kids.

The weather on Halloween night will be clear and dry with temps in the 60s during the Trick-or-Treat event. The Redding Fire Department will be out in full force during this time – you may track our fire engine locations across the city by visiting the “Redding Fire Fighters” FaceBook page – they will update that information in real-time.

Several of our City Council members will be out there with us! We will be delivering candy, safety information and 9V smoke detector batteries, thanks to a very generous donation from Energizer Batteries. Remember: CHANGE YOUR CLOCK – CHANGE YOUR BATTERY.

A brief but wet weather system will move through the area on Sunday. This will drop around 0.25-inch of rain in the valley (hopefully). I have seen predictions of up to half-inch of valley rain. I would love to see that amount, but the drought-storms have left me so disappointed over the past 3 years. I will take a quarter-inch of rain for now.

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On Monday, November 2, in coordination with our neighboring fire agencies, we will open our burning season until Nov 30. Permits are required for all City of Redding and Buckeye Fire Protection District residents. Please call our office for a permit and/or questions.

Thank you.

Gerry Gray
Redding Fire Chief

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