The community of Shirley (about 30 miles NE of Bakersfield, CA) is still contending with a raging wildfire that has already consumed some 2,000 acres. The fire broke out on Friday and investigators say the exact cause, at this time, is still unknown. The Shirley Wildfire has now impacted portions of the Sequoia National Forest.
More importantly are the densely populated areas this fire has a great tendency of spreading today given the very windy conditions in place for this afternoon.
A rather robust disturbance moves through Southeastern California kicking up wind speeds, particularly around the Sequoia National Forest area, between the hours of 2pm-7pm. Winds are expected to gust as high as 40mph today at times (sustained 20-30mph). This will make an already difficult fight against the flames much worse. By tomorrow, winds will be breezy but more calm than what is expected today.
A Wind Advisory will remain in place for the duration of the daytime hours on today, expiring after sunset this evening. A Red Flag warning also remains in effect for a vast majority of Nevada, New Mexico, as well as Arizona for the next 48 hours. Avoid outdoor burning.