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Storm Tracker Forecast: High fire danger & unhealthy air quality today

Gusty winds out of the southwest, low humidity, and dry fuels will prompt a Red Flag Warning for high fire danger in the foothills and mountains today. Air quality is starting out unhealthy to very unhealthy, but is expected to improve this afternoon. The potential for showers is on the way in your extended forecast.

Posted: Sep 14, 2020 6:15 AM

Be prepared for very poor air quality to continue and for fire danger to be on the rise today. Air quality is starting out in the unhealthy to very unhealthy range across most of our region, but valley areas may see some improvement with stronger winds out of the southwest this afternoon. A Red Flag Warning for high fire danger will go into effect in the foothills and western portions of the mountains from 11AM this morning through 8PM tonight, in Plumas and Lassen Counties from 1PM through 8PM today, and in Siskiyou and Modoc Counties from noon through 9PM today. Low humidity, dry fuels, and gusty winds out of the southwest will be the biggest factors in increasing fire danger. Winds could gust up to around 40mph out of the southwest in some of these areas this afternoon and evening.

Some thin clouds are brushing across our region early today as low pressure approaces the West Coast from the Eastern Pacific, but the big concern continues to be very poor air quality, with smoke blanketing our region today. Temperatures are starting out in the 50's to 60's in the valley, in the 60's in the foothills, and in the 30's to 50's in higher elevations. Winds at the surface are mostly light and out of the northeast this morning, but will pick up out of the south or southwest this afternoon. Valley winds will be up to around 10 to 15mph out of the south, while foothill and mountain areas will have sustained winds to around 15mph, and gusts up to as strong as 40mph. Humidity will dip into the 16 to 32 percent range this afternoon. The very dry and windy conditions are resulting in high fire danger today. High temperatures are projected to top out in the mid 80's to low 90's in the valley, and in the upper 70's to mid 80's in most mountain and foothill locations this afternoon.

Temperatures will not change much through Wednesday, and breezy winds out of the southwest can be expected over the next few afternoons. We'll then see a slight uptick in winds, and a drop in temperatures on the way for your Thursday. Valley areas will mostly dip into the lower to mid 80's for high temperatures, while most mountain and foothill areas top out in the 60's to 70's. There will be a decent chance for some showers in the Northern Mountains on Thursday afternoon, and that potential for showers will become somewhat more widespread on Friday. The further you are to the north the better the chance for showers you'll have late this week. High pressure will build back into our region this weekend, and that will result in a modest uptick in temperatures on Sunday and the potential for shower activity diminishing across our region. Make sure to use extra caution with the elevated fire danger today, and stay indoors as much as you can with air quality verging on the hazardous range.

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San Bernardino609451065
Orange576351423
San Diego53263863
Kern33551413
Fresno30220430
Sacramento24811474
Santa Clara23591382
Alameda22932435
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Stanislaus17403394
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Imperial12610336
San Francisco11969137
Monterey1115884
San Mateo10918157
Santa Barbara9671119
Merced9386153
Sonoma9016134
Kings817383
Solano720574
Marin7036127
Madera492873
San Luis Obispo408032
Placer402355
Yolo309958
Butte302651
Santa Cruz272524
Napa190814
Sutter182112
Shasta178629
San Benito141114
El Dorado13024
Yuba128010
Mendocino111121
Tehama7938
Lassen7611
Lake67815
Glenn6473
Nevada5988
Humboldt5609
Colusa5486
Calaveras33917
Amador31316
Tuolumne2574
Inyo21815
Siskiyou1860
Del Norte1751
Mono1752
Mariposa782
Plumas610
Modoc270
Trinity250
Sierra60
Alpine30
Unassigned00
Chico
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Oroville
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Paradise
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Hi: 77° Lo: 50°
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Chester
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Hi: 59° Lo: 33°
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Red Bluff
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Willows
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Very strong winds and dry conditions are driving critical fire danger today. A Red Flag Warning for high fire danger, a Wind Advisory, and a Freeze Warning are all in effect for the start of your Thursday.
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