California: 26 Million People Under Red Flag Warning

October 31, 2019

Critical and extremely critical fire weather conditions continue across parts of California through Thursday, October 31, 2019, especially for southern California. At least 10 fires are burning across the state on October 30, with more than 26 million people under red flag warning. Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E) cut off power to about 1 million customers in Northern California earlier this week in an attempt to prevent wildfires.

Powerful and strong offshore Santa Ana winds will combine with very low relative humidity levels and overall dry conditions to create unfortunately favorable conditions for rapid fire growth and extreme fire behavior of existing and new fires, NWS warns.

On October 29, the Los Angeles weather service issued an ‘Extreme Red-Flag Warning’ for Los Angeles, San Bernardino and Ventura counties as winds neared 113 km/h (70 mph), expected to reach 130 km/h (80 mph). This was the first time the ‘extreme’ warning was issued by the LA office.

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