Fire Danger to Increase for Southern California
The fires across California have been burning since October 8th. At its peak, there were 21 major wildfires with as many as 100,000 people evacuated. As of Saturday morning, 9 large wildfires were still active with 245,000 acres burned. The death toll has risen to 42 and over 8,000 structures have been destroyed.
The Tubbs Fire has also set the record for the most destructive wildfire in California history. While, the largest fires continue to burn, the weather allowed for some improvements while battling these fires over the weekend. All of the largest fires are at least 80% contained or more.
However, gust winds and low humidity will increase fire dangers into the start the new work week. Red Flag Warnings are in place from San Diego County to Santa Barbara County in Southern California. Winds could gust up to 55 mph and the relative humidity will drop close to 10%. These two factors together mean that any fire that starts could easily spread.
But it isn’t just the gusty winds and low humidity that the thousands of fire fighters have to contend with. It is also the heat. Excessive Heat Watches and Warning are already in place for Monday and Tuesday. Temperatures are expected to break 100 in many locations. The elevated and critical fire dangers plus the excessive heat will make battling these fires even harder.
The Santa Ana winds will bring northeasterly winds Monday and Tuesday which will help temperatures soar into the upper 90s and even break 100 degrees.
Tuesday will also be another scorcher with potential record highs.