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National Weather Service issues fire weather watch


Monday, April 29th, 2013
Issue 18, Volume 17.


SAN DIEGO (CNS) - A red flag warning signifying wildfire conditions remained in force today in the mountains and inland valleys of San Diego County amid gusty high winds, high temperatures and low humidity.

Over the warning period, which is due to expire at 6 p.m. Friday, northeast winds will likely blow at up to 30 miles per hour, with 50-mph gusts, as the humidity level plummets to about 5 percent and temperatures rise to the 80s and 90s, according to the National Weather Service.

"A combination of strong winds, low relative humidity and warm temperatures will create explosive fire growth potential," according to n NWS advisory.

A high wind warning was also issued for the county's valleys and mountains. Forecasters warned that the winds could make for difficult driving conditions on Interstates 8 and 15, and could damage trees, signs and traffic signals. The wind warning expires at 6 p.m. today.

The winds are expected to weaken tonight, but another bout of moderate to strong east winds will follow into Friday mornings, forecasters said. The winds will again combine with hot, dry conditions and elevate the risk of wildfires through Friday.

Winds are expected to weaken Friday night and moisture to increase Saturday. The possibility of rain and thunderstorms will follow from Sunday night into Monday, according to the weather service.


SAN DIEGO - Gusty Santa Ana winds, warm weather and low humidity could increase the risk of wildfires in the mountains of San Diego County on Thursday, forecasters said today.

The National Weather Service issued a fire weather watch scheduled to go into effect at 5 a.m. Thursday and last until 5 p.m. Thursday in mountain areas, including the Palomar and Descanso ranger districts of the Cleveland National Forest.

"A fire weather watch means that critical fire weather conditions are forecast to occur," according to the weather service.

Northeast winds of 15 to 25 mph with gusts of up to 50 mph are expected in the mountains, along with low relative humidity. High temperatures on Thursday are expected to reach up to 75 in areas with altitudes higher than 6,000 feet and up to 85 degrees in areas between 3,000 and 6,000 feet, according to the weather service.

Wind gusts should weaken to less than 25 mph Thursday evening, but warm weather and low humidity are expected to continue into Friday, according to the NWS.


The National Weather Service has issued a Fire Weather Watch for San Bernardino County mountains-the Inland Empire-the mountain top and front country ranger districts of the San Bernardino National Forest beginning 5 am Wednesday morning and continuing into 5 pm Thursday afternoon for very low relative humidity and moderate Santa Ana winds.

Fire Weather Watch for Orange County coastal areas-the San Diego County inland valleys-the Riverside County Mountains-the San Jacinto Ranger district of the San Advertisement
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Bernardino National Forest-the Santa Ana Mountains-the San Diego County mountains-including all ranger districts of the Cleveland National Forest, beginning 5 am Thursday morning and continuing into 5 pm Thursday afternoon for very low relative humidity and moderate Santa Ana winds.

Tuesday night into Friday-a weak to moderate Santa Ana weather pattern develops following the passage of a strong trough late Tuesday. A high pressure ridge will build aloft along the west coast and surface high pressure over the great basin. Red Flag

conditions with winds gusting over 35 mph and relative humidity below 15 percent could be met as early as Wednesday morning for the San Bernardino County Mountains and the Inland Empire by Thursday morning for the remaining mountains and valleys of southwest California, including the eastern half of Orange County.

By Thursday evening the Santa Ana wind gusts should diminish to 25 mph or less but very dry and warm conditions will continue through Friday.

RIVERSIDE COUNTY VALLEYS-THE INLAND EMPIRE-

SAN BERNARDINO COUNTY MOUNTAINS-

fire weather watch in effect from late Tuesday night through Thursday afternoon for strong gusty winds and low humidity...

The National Weather Service in San Diego has issued a fire weather watch for strong gusty winds and low humidity which is in effect from late Tuesday night through Thursday afternoon.

* Winds northeast 10 to 20 mph with gusts to 45 mph.

* Relative humidity will be the lowest in the daytime around 5 percent with very poor overnight recovery.

* Temperatures will be 10 to 15 degrees above normal with highs in the mid 80s to mid 90s.

* Timing-5 am Wednesday morning through 5 pm Thursday afternoon.

* Outlook-very low relative humidity and very warm temperatures will continue into Friday, however wind gusts should diminish below 25 mph for most areas by late thursday afternoon.

Precautionary/preparedness actions...

A fire weather watch means that critical fire weather conditions are forecast to occur. Listen for later forecasts and possible red flag warnings.

ORANGE COUNTY COASTAL AREAS SAN DIEGO COUNTY INLAND VALLEYS-RIVERSIDE COUNTY MOUNTAINS-SANTA ANA MOUNTAINS-SAN DIEGO COUNTY MOUNTAINS-

A Fire Weather watch is in effect from late Wednesday night through Thursday afternoon for strong gusty winds and low humidity.

The National Weather Service in San Diego has issued a Fire Weather Watch for strong gusty winds and low humidity which is in effect from late Wednesday night through Thursday afternoon.

* Winds northeast 10 to 20 mph with gusts to 40 mph.

* Relative humidity-minimum humidity around 5 percent with very poor overnight recovery.

* Temperatures-10 to 15 degrees above normal with highs in the mid 80s to mid 90s.

* Timing-5 am Thursday morning through 5 pm Thursday afternoon.

* Outlook-very low relative humidity and very warm temperatures will continue into Friday, however wind gusts should diminish below 25 mph for most areas after thursday afternoon.

Precautionary/preparedness actions...

A fire weather watch means that critical fire weather conditions are forecast to occur. Listen for later forecasts and possible red flag warnings.


 

17 comments

Comment Profile ImageWizard of Fallbrook
Comment #1 | Tuesday, Apr 30, 2013 at 4:02 am
No fires from the base, for a change.....Please!!
Comment Profile ImageRedneck Bill
Comment #2 | Tuesday, Apr 30, 2013 at 10:52 am
Hey Wizz,

You can relax, the Marines are finished with the training event that sparked the last fire.
Comment Profile ImageLee
Comment #3 | Wednesday, May 1, 2013 at 7:28 am
Aah, just a quick head-scratching question for our North County Fire Protection District.

If we already have fire watch warnings NOW, why is your deadline for folks to clear their properties of fire-hazardous vegetation . . . 1 July?

Stupid is as stupid does.
Comment Profile ImagePink
Comment #4 | Wednesday, May 1, 2013 at 10:29 am
"stuoid is as stupid does?" Well Lee, you would know.
Comment Profile ImageLee
Comment #5 | Thursday, May 2, 2013 at 5:34 pm
Let me rephrase that question.

With the current temperatures being about 90F making the vegetation basically bone-dry, Santa Anas kicking in at this very moment, and wild fires north of L.A. CURRENTLY raging as we speak making even national headlines, do you, North County Fire Protection District, believe that a 1 July deadline for folks to remove their fire-hazardous vegetation . . . is prudent? Do you not think that perhaps an earlier deadline, say, 30 April would be wiser?

What do you say, North County Fire Protection District?

PS. Oops, one more thing. Do you also believe that sending a letter with which "Property owners are ASKED to maintain their properties in accordance with the enclosed Vegetation Management Standards" instead of mandating such standards is a prudent policy in light of the current weather and fire conditions And CONSIDERING that this is fire-prone SoCal? What do you think, gang?
Comment Profile ImagePreston
Comment #6 | Sunday, May 5, 2013 at 7:12 am
What can be done when an owner of an undeveloped lot (in a residential neighborhood) does not clear the vegetation?
Comment Profile ImageLee
Comment #7 | Monday, May 6, 2013 at 9:59 am
@ #6 Preston

What a tax-paying citizen SHOULD be able to do is to contact the North County Fire Protection District WHO, IN TURN, SHOULD TAKE CARE OF IT BY BEING ABLE TO FINE, ETC., THAT PROPERTY OWNER!

But they don't.
Comment Profile ImageCheck it out
Comment #8 | Monday, May 6, 2013 at 12:31 pm
Actually Preston and Lee, NCFPD not only can but does cite people who fail to comply with their weed abatement order. If you are cited you have to pay a fine, NCFPD also has the right to have the weed abatement done if the owner of the property refuses to do it and bill the property owner for the job done. I would like to see this enforced more. Just FYI Lee, the reason that people have until July 1 to comply is because of the usual cloud cover that we experience in the spring. May gray and June gloom as it is called, which lessons the fire danger, July is the normal month for it to turn hot here in SD county, this spring our weather has been hotter than normal.
Comment Profile ImageRe: Check it out
Comment #9 | Monday, May 6, 2013 at 5:49 pm
Check it out - That's how it should happen, but doesn't. Guess you're not up to date on that. Empty threats. Very sad. Fire dept doesn't enforce like they should. Try complaining about fire hazard properties and see where it gets you. No where. They say they don't have the money to clear brush and bill it back on taxes and wait for the money to be repaid. Heard it time after time the last few yrs
Comment Profile ImageCheck it out
Comment #10 | Monday, May 6, 2013 at 8:33 pm
Interestingly enough comment #9 I have complained about fire hazard's on my neighbors property and it has been taken care of. I know of several instances where the property owner has either complied or been billed. Much like the 10 commandments, the compliance ordinance isn't just a suggestion, it is carved in stone.
Comment Profile ImageLee
Comment #11 | Tuesday, May 7, 2013 at 11:01 am
@ # 8 & 10 Check it out

Could you do me a huge favor and not patronize me with some silly weather/climate lesson? I grew up in Fallbrook and know our weather perfectly well! Cool?

# 9 Re: Check it out is correct: the fire departments here in San Diego County do NOT have the legal authority to make/mandate a property owner to remove fire-hazardous materials off his/her property! In L.A. County, they do. How do I know?

A high-ranking fire fighter official of the North County Fire Protection District told me so IN PERSON a few years ago! Cool? Obviously, I hope this policy has changed since then. These letters they send out are simply letters of encouragement; that's all.

THIS is San Diego County for you: dumb, stupid, and corrupt! Those folks in a position of authority do NOT have the authority do make a wrong right. UNBELIEVABLE! So where does this leave us? The answer is folks fending for themselves with the authorities pretending to do their jobs . . . while collecting cushy paychecks.

Welcome to San Diego County, folks, where our officials are as useless . . . as a breast on a boar!
Comment Profile ImageCurious
Comment #12 | Tuesday, May 7, 2013 at 1:01 pm
Well Lee (comment #11) if you know all about our weather and climate seasons WHY did you ask such a stupid question in the first place? You obviously knew the answer would be the answer that Check it Out gave you, our weather up until July 1 is normally cool....Cool?? I mean look outside right now.... is that rain you see? OMG... it is. Cool?

As far as comment #10: Check it out, I think it may be Cal Fire enforcing the weed abatement in your area, rather than NCFPD. They have the state backing them up with enforcement in high burn areas such as De Luz and Rainbow.
Comment Profile ImageLee
Comment #13 | Tuesday, May 7, 2013 at 5:06 pm
@ #12 Curious

Why is my initial question stupid?
My mantra is to err on the side of caution, and as such would recommend that a deadline to remove one's fire-hazardous vegetation be, say, 30 April, with monthly cleanings/mowings thereafter. In regards to the rain we just had? You know very well that it was an anomaly, and that our spring weather can be anything from June gloom to searing hot and dry conditions of mid-summer.

So why not err on the side of caution? Why take chances when we have the intelligence to do the right thing? Do you want to take that chance? Do you want Fallbrookers to take that chance and leave them in a vulnerable state? I don't.

What do you want?
Comment Profile ImageCheck it out is out of touch
Comment #14 | Tuesday, May 7, 2013 at 6:27 pm
Your comment #10 is incorrect. Nc fire does have the authority to enforce it and put it on property tax bills, but IS NOT doing it. Glad you got your complaints taken care of. They are currently crying no money to enforce the "carved in stone" law in our part of town. See, they have to PAY to have the weeds removed and then wait to be reimbursed for it...... and it can take years....... get smart. The system ain't perfect no more, buddy, cause the cash isn't there.
Comment Profile ImageCheck it out
Comment #15 | Tuesday, May 7, 2013 at 9:24 pm
@Lee: You asked why they give residents until July 1 to comply.... I told you why.... you had a melt down! Excuse me if I thought that you actually wanted an answer to your question, if answering simple question causes you to believe that you are being patronized then I think you need to up your meds buddy. As far as Curious goes I believe that she (or he) thought it was a stupid question, because if you were born and raised here you already knew the answer. Weather. April is normally wet, May and June is normally cool and especially June is overcast. Perhaps the FD should change the date to June 1 instead of July. As far as weed abatement goes it is stupid not to clear your property. Excuse me comment #14 what am I wrong about? As far as that goes Curious is correct, I was speaking of CDF or Cal Fire as it is now called not the local FD in Fallbrook.
Comment Profile ImageLee
Comment #16 | Wednesday, May 8, 2013 at 8:05 am
@ #15 Check it out

Get real, will you? Nobody had a meltdown, and I don't need to up my meds. You are rude, and that is plain to see for everybody.

April is NOT normally wet! That's a bunch of hogwash. Yes, May and June MAY be cool, but not necessarily so. And besides, June gloom refers to the morning fog meaning that the rest of the day is pretty hot. In any case, again, do you not think it prudent to err on the side of caution and do the right thing and have the deadline be, say, 30 April? I think even 1 June is too late.
Comment Profile ImagePink
Comment #17 | Wednesday, May 8, 2013 at 10:48 am
@Lee: If anyone here is rude it is you. You asked a question and you didn't like the answer. No one was patronizing you, it would be a waste of time. April isn't wet? Huh? Ever hear the old saw, "April showers bring May flowers? This April may not have been wet, but most years it is, this year we are evidently getting our April showers in May. Cloud cover in June keeps the fire danger down. I do happen to agree that weed abatement should be earlier than July because, as we are all aware, our weather pattern appears to be changing both here in California and all over the nation. I believe, correct me if I am wrong, that fire season officially starts on May 15. I don't know about the NCFPD but I do know that Cal Fire can enforce weed abatement because if you don't do it on your own they have someone contracted by the state go in and do it and the property owner gets the bill. If they don't pay the state can put a lien on their property. We make doubly sure that we get ours mowed every year by the end of May.

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