Cars To Be Towed!

15 Oct




PASADENA, Calif.—All car owners are advised that your vehicle will be towed and it will cost you more than $300 to get it back if you park your car on City streets within the pre-designated Red Flag zones in violation of the City’s Municipal Code once a Red Flag Alert is declared.

City officials say no more warnings notices or citation-only consequences.  Towing and impounding will occur during the next Red Flag Alert as declared by the Pasadena Fire Chief, or designee, to ensure City streets remain open for emergency access and evacuations.

Parking restrictions will be enforced for the duration of the entire Red Flag Alert on a 24/7 basis.

Most pre-designated Red Flag areas are in and around the Arroyo Seco area of West Pasadena, plus some foothill areas of East Pasadena.  If you live on a hillside or foothill area of Pasadena, especially on a narrow road, chances are good that you live in a Red Flag zone.  If you are not sure if your home is in a Red Flag zone, go to or call (626) 744-7311 to find out.

Once declared, special “Red Flag” signs will be visible at key entry points into or out of those pre-designated neighborhoods.  All vehicles in Red Flag zones must be removed from the impacted streets and parked on a driveway, in a garage, or at another location outside the zones for the entire duration of the Red Flag Alert.

Vehicles with special disabled placards or license plates ARE NOT EXEMPT and will be towed too.

How will you know if a Red Flag Day has been declared?

There are a number of ways to know:

1) Residents can sign up for personalized notifications through the Pasadena Local Emergency Alert System (PLEAS);

2) Signs posted at major intersections leading into areas with restricted parking will indicate Red Flag restrictions;

3) Media reports generally report Red Flag conditions; and,

4) Information posted on the City of Pasadena’s website,

Click here for: Red Flag Notices

Click here for additional questions and answers: Red Flag Info

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