According to the L.A. Times, not everyone in the Hollywood Hills was aware of the red flag warnings last week as wildfires decimated the Southland. LA parking enforcement officers wrote 400 citations for red flag parking violations, and impounded 100 vehicles.
Residents have little excuse – you can sign up for text alerts, email alerts, or receive an automated phone call by registering at the LAFD’s Red Flag information site. (or simply reading blogging.la periodically – Ruth666 is on top of these announcements like Antonio is on Mirthala). And if this isn’t enough, per the Times, “Electronic signs in some canyon areas are also being considered as a way to announce red flag conditions.”
One resident had a half decent argument: “What if I go away for a weekend and it’s suddenly a red flag day on Saturday? . . . Who’s going to move my car?”
But even that would really mean little if your car impeded emergency vehicles, and lost precious time moving your vehicle instead of saving a house from burning, or worse, killing other residents.
Unfortunately, part of the price you pay moving into the Hollywood Hills, or in other neighborhoods with red flag parking restrictions, is that maybe you don’t leave your car unattended for days at a time without a “sitter.”
On the bright side, the Times reports that since the Griffith Park fire earlier this year, more people have been “following the rules and keeping informed about red flag warnings since then.”