- Posted May 13, 2014 by
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Wildfires blazing near you
California on Wildfire Watch early this year!
As of Tuesday 05/13/2014 the National Weather Service has issued a report forecasting a drop in humidity and increased wind and temperatures for a large section of South Central and Southern California lasting through Thursday.
In the next couple of days some parts of California will reach temperatures in excess of 100 degrees with wind gusts in prone areas up to 70-80 MPH and humidity readings falling below 10% for a sustained duration. This combination of weather has prompted NOAA to issue a RED FLAG WARNING through Thursday. A red flag warning means that critical fire weather conditions are either occurring now or will shortly. A combination of strong winds low relative humidity and very warm temperatures will create EXTREME FIRE BEHAVIOR. Please advise the appropriate officials or fire crews in the field.
With winds , heat , moderate to severe drought conditions and very low humidity, areas of California will likely be the epicenter of some of the earliest preseason wildfires in recent history.
Californians should be extra observant in this upcoming fire season and follow the fuel restrictions in your area by keeping back your weeds and removing debris that can help fuel fires. In addition , fire breaks and water access can help firefighters defend your property in worst case scenarios. lastly, it never hurts to discuss evacuation plans and meeting points with your loved ones , a little preparation can go a long way in a emergency.