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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.

California Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Cases: 3213222

Reported Deaths: 37543
CountyCasesDeaths
Los Angeles107967215314
San Bernardino2660281678
Riverside2643632857
Orange2377082704
San Diego2286322375
Santa Clara985831264
Kern90564591
Fresno858081067
Sacramento841101185
Alameda70823896
Ventura66402525
San Joaquin59665835
Contra Costa55245489
Stanislaus49065796
Tulare43574542
Monterey37527259
San Mateo34294340
San Francisco30559293
Santa Barbara27149267
Solano27041115
Imperial25707510
Merced25575331
Sonoma25141251
Kings20138161
Placer17839188
San Luis Obispo16957158
Madera14000151
Santa Cruz13009135
Marin12024165
Yolo11210138
Shasta10054129
Butte9820136
El Dorado818462
Sutter806983
Napa800548
Lassen526916
San Benito522351
Yuba517630
Tehama446846
Tuolumne347740
Nevada335574
Mendocino329336
Amador306733
Lake272432
Humboldt262427
Glenn202622
Colusa18719
Calaveras170423
Siskiyou149913
Mono11454
Inyo105129
Del Norte8742
Plumas6135
Modoc3903
Mariposa3555
Trinity3065
Sierra950
Alpine730
Unassigned00
Chico
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Oroville
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Chico
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Red Bluff
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A Pacific storm is now moving into northern California. The clouds have arrived, the wind is getting stronger, and we can expect areas of rain and snow tonight, and it will be heavy at times. Snow will fall down to the valley floor through Wednesday morning.
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