Extreme Wind and Dry Conditions Keep Much of the State Under Threat of Wildfire

Millions of California residents remain under red flag warnings today.

Los Angeles has been under “extreme fire weather” since 11 p.m. Tuesday night, and that's expected to continue for at least 30 hours. Wind gusts in the Southland will reach up to 80 mph.

“The National Weather Service office in Oxnard took the unusual step of labeling the fire weather conditions an ‘extreme red flag’ warning, a term that meteorologists there say they can’t remember ever using,” the Los Angeles Times reports.

“This is the worst since we had an event in October 2007,” National Weather Service meteorologist Tom Fisher told the Times. “Don’t let your guard down.”

The San Diego region is also at risk. The National Weather Service issued a red flag warning that will last until 6 p.m. Thursday. 40,868 residents in San Diego County are facing the threat of public safety power shutoffs

Up North, the North Bay, East Bay, and Santa Cruz Mountains are also under severe warning.

From SF Gate

Red Flag Warning start times and details:

North Bay:

Tuesday, 8 a.m. to Wednesday 4 p.m.
Mountains: Winds 20-35 mph; 40-65 mph gusts
Valleys/Coast: Winds 5-15 mph; gusts 20-35 mph

East Bay:

Tuesday, 1 p.m. to Wednesday, 4 p.m.
Mountains: Winds 15-35 mph; 30-50 mph gusts
Valleys: Winds 5-15 mph; gusts 20-35 mph

Santa Cruz Mountains/SF Peninsula Coast:

Tuesday, 1 p.m. to Wednesday, 4 p.m.
Mountains: Winds 10-20 mph; gusts 30-40 mph
Coast: Winds 5-15 mph, gusts 20-30 mph

The good news is that PG&E has reduced the number of counties that will be affected by public safety power shutoffs. The company says power outages will cease for Alameda, Contra Costa, Santa Clara, Santa Cruz, and San Mateo counties. 

Worried about a fire in your area? Here are some tips to prepare.

See also:

What Does a Red Flag Warning Mean, Exactly? 


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