Critical fire weather is threatening California, as high winds, low humidity and dry conditions combine to form a sometimes lethal mix, the National Weather Service warned Monday.
A red flag warning is in effect for more than 3.8 million Northern Californians for the next three days, as wind gusts blow through the region.
In Southern California, Santa Ana winds will carry in warmer temperatures along with elevated fire dangers, forecasters said.
“We are looking at fall weather. Fall started early this morning,” Scott McLean, a deputy chief with the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, said Monday. “So that means we’re going to have significant winds that will be blowing in the north state as well as the south state with the Santa Anas.”
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Gusty #SantaAna winds will bring significant warming and drying to the region on Tuesday, with warmest valleys topping 100°, with portions of the coast climbing into the 90's #LAheat #LAwind #LAWeather #cawx pic.twitter.com/Oc3jMQM8Ds
— NWS Los Angeles (@NWSLosAngeles) September 22, 2019