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Fire Weather Elevated Across the West through the Weekend

Dry and gusty conditions are expected to continue across the Southwest this weekend, leading to elevated and critical fire weather conditions in California as well as the Four Corners and Western Texas.

As a potent upper-level low continues to drop south into the Central Rockies, gusty winds are expected each afternoon through at least Monday, possibly longer.

Critical fire conditions are expected in New Mexico and Northern California on Saturday, thanks to dry fuels, gusty winds, and low relative humidity.

Red Flags Warnings have been issued around the Four Corners (top of the page) and in Northern California where humidity values are expected to reach critically low levels in the afternoon in addition to moderate to strong wind gusts. The Warnings in the San Joaquin Valley around Sacramento and the Bay Area last into Monday, as critical fire weather conditions can be expected each afternoon.

Elevated fire weather will continue across the Four Corners Sunday with minor improvement.

High winds, low humidity and the ongoing drought lead to the high fire danger. After the recent heat in the West, many locations have seen potential fire fuels dry out. Please be safe!

The contributing factors into a high fire danger include the dry soils and vegetation. The vegetation has not “greened up” yet after the winter months, resulting in dry fuels.

In order to prevent fires from spreading rapidly, we need *your* help! Only you can prevent the next wildfire!

Avoid any outdoor burning on days with elevated fire conditions. Stayed tuned to WeatherNation for the latest conditions.

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