Warm, Dry Conditions Elevate Fire Danger In California
Factors contributing to an elevated fire danger in California are the low humidity and the August heat, along with the presence of dry vegetation.
Warm, dry conditions plus onshore winds are creating an elevated danger of wildfire in interior sections of Southern California, National Weather Service forecasters said.
A southwesterly onshore flow will peak Monday afternoon through the evening, producing gusts of 25 to 35 mph in the San Gabriel Mountains and of between 35 and 45 mph in the foothills in the Antelope Valley, the NWS office in Oxnard said in a statement on its website.
Humidity levels will be higher than during much of last week but still range only between 10 and 20% across the region’s interior areas, the statement said.
“These conditions increase the potential for rapid growth and extreme fire behavior if ignition occurs …,” it said.
A combination of Sunny and partly cloudy skies is expected in Los Angeles County this week
Sunny skies are forecast in Orange County.
In both counties, roughly similar temperatures will prevail over the coming days.
The factors contributing to an elevated fire danger are the low humidity and the August heat, along with the presence of dry vegetation, he said, stressing that the danger is “elevated, not critical.”
Remember, when traveling in fire danger zones take extreme care, lives and property depend on it.