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Northern California faces red flag fire danger this week

by Bill Gabbert, Wildfire Today |

A red flag warning is in effect for portions of interior Northern California until Wednesday morning.

Building high pressure will result in gusty north to east wind developing Monday and persisting into Wednesday. Combined with rising temperatures and lowering humidity, this will result in
critical fire weather conditions across portions of interior Northern California.

Characteristics include north wind 10-25 mph with local gusts of 30-40 mph. Daytime humidity will be in the 10- to 20-percent range with poor overnight recoveries of 30 to 40 percent.

The highest threat will be in the western portions of the Sacramento Valley and adjacent foothills, where the highest wind gusts and lowest humidity are expected.

Red flag warnings can be modified throughout the day as National Weather Service offices around the country update and revise their weather forecasts.