Brush rig
A San Diego Fire-Rescue Department brush rig. Courtesy of the department

The San Diego Fire-Rescue Department will increase staffing Sunday and Monday because of predicted Santa Ana winds, which pose an increased danger in the event of a fire, officials said Saturday.

Between the hours of 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. on both days, the fire department will add firefighters on overtime to staff five brush engines.

Each fire engine is staffed by four firefighters. Two water tenders will also be staffed on overtime. SDFD pilots and crews will also be on overtime to staff two firefighting helicopters that will be available around the clock Sunday and Monday.

The brush fire engines and water tenders are off-road vehicles. Water tenders are mobile fire hydrants.

The fire department will monitor weather conditions and will expand or contract staffing, depending on a fire incident or shifting weather patterns.

–City News Service