Strong winds and critical fire danger are prompting warnings for severe conditions across Northern California today. The Wind Advisory will be in place until 10pm tonight. That advisory is prompted by projected sustained winds up to 45mph, and gusts up to 60mph through this evening. The strongest winds are expected to be across the Sierra, but very strong winds will also be in store for the valley. Valley gusts could reach 45mph, with sustained winds up to 35mph heading North to East. The strong winds will also help to keep humidity very low, and those two issues paired together result in critical fire danger. A Red Flag Warning is set to stay in place through 7am Friday morning for the valley, Sierra, and Coastal Range for the dry and windy weather.
“As we remember the tragic fires that occurred in October and December of last year, they should serve as a stark reminder for everyone to be prepared for the unexpected," said Cheif Ken Pimlott, CAL FIRE Director. We have increased our staffing throughout the state, but just as important the public needs to remain vigilant … It is very important to follow evacuation orders and to leave early as fires will move extremely fast under these predicted conditions."
Video: Cal Fire ramps up response as red flag warning brings fire danger
Temperatures have become very chilly again this morning with valley areas dipping back into the 40s to 50s, and mountain areas dipping into the teens to 20s for most cities. Skies are expected to stay clear today and there is plenty of sunshine on tap through your weekend. Gusty North winds, and low humidity will bring concerns for fire danger and potential for downed trees and power outages. Drivers should be cautious as tree branches and debris could be pushed into roadways today. Humidity will likely dip into the 5 to 15 percent range this afternoon. High temperatures are projected to climb into the low to mid 70s in the valley today, and into the low 50s to low 60s in the mountains this afternoon.
Winds will diminish early Friday, but humidity will stay low over the next several days. Temperatures will continue to dip into the 40s to 50s in the valley, and top out in the low to mid 70s over the next 7 days. Dry weather will also persist through your extended forecast. Looks sunny, warm, and mostly comfortable for your Veterans Day forecast, and for the following Monday when most of the Veterans Day events are held. The dry weather persists through next week.
There will be a Red Flag Warning in southern California start Thursday morning through Friday evening. The warning extends from Santa Barbara County to the Mexican border.
SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) – A Red Flag Warning is in effect for most Bay Area hills above 1,000 feet Thursday, as low humidity and high winds lead to a high risk for wildfires.
The National Weather Service said the warning, which went into effect at 10 p.m. Wednesday night, covers the East Bay and North Bay hills, along with the Santa Cruz Mountains.
Winds were high on most Bay Area peaks early Thursday, with officials reporting peak winds at 72 miles per hour on Mount Diablo, 66 miles per hour on Mount Saint Helena and 48 miles per hour on Pine Mountain.
Tracking strong wind gusts up in the higher elevations this morning. Here are the peak wind gusts so far this morning. Critical fire danger today with a Red Flag Warning for all Bay Area hills. @KPIXtv pic.twitter.com/tuSudHGmVc
The deteriorating conditions have prompted PG&E officials to notify customers in nine California counties – including Napa and Sonoma – that the company may shut off power beginning Thursday for safety. PG&E on Tuesday started sending automated voice messages, texts and emails to customers telling them of the possible power shutoff.
In a statement, Pat Hogan, senior vice president of electric operations for PG&E, said, We will only consider temporarily turning off power in the interest of safety and as a last resort during extreme weather conditions to reduce the risk of wildfire.
PG&E officials said if they turn off power, crews will restore power as soon its safe to do so.
Despite being the month of November, a staggering 23.4 million out of the state’s nearly 40 million residents were under a Red Flag Warning as of Thursday morning.
In the northern part of the state, crews are battling the so-called “Camp Fire” east of Chico, which broke out early Thursday and scorched at least 1,000 acres in just a few hours.