Tag: Fire Weather Watch

Single-Digit Humidity + Gusty Winds = Fire Watch

San Bernardino Mountains, January 23, 2014 – There is a Fire Weather Watch in effect late tonight through Friday night, due to increasingly dry conditions and strong winds. A Fire Weather Watch means that critical fire weather conditions are forecast to occur (which would be accompanied by a Red Flag Warning). During the last Fire Weather Warning earlier this month (January 12-14), the San Bernardino County Fire Department expanded its initial attack resources and added additional firefighters to its deployment plan. Those traveling up or down the mountain between Thursday and Friday night should be aware that the wind gusts will be especially strong through passes and canyons leading down to the inland valley–up to 45 miles an hour at times. All residents and visitors should keep in mind that with the lack of rainfall and snow pack making vegetation a tinderbox, it’s more dangerous than ever to leave campfires unattended, discharge a firearm or throw cigarette butts onto the ground. The San Bernardino National Forest could once again have daytime humidities in the single digits with poor nighttime recovery. Humidity will remain extremely low over local mountains and valleys through Saturday. The California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, which is suspending burning permits at 6:00 a.m. January 24, said in a press release, “With no significant rainfall in the near future, the risk of wildfires over the...

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Local Forests Under Fire Weather Watch

San Bernardino National Forest, January 13, 2014 – The National Weather Service has issued a Fire Weather Watch throughout the Inland Empire due to extremely low humidity. A Fire Weather Watch indicates critically dry conditions that dangerously increase the risk of wildfire. Humidity could dip into single digits with little recovery overnight, especially in wind-prone areas through and below passes and canyons, which could see gusts up to 40 miles per hour. Wildfires burned over 4 million acres across the country in 2013; the continued lack of precipitation in our local mountains should be a red flag to residents and visitors alike. Remember: Never toss burning cigarettes out into dry brush areas. Completely extinguish any campfires and douse them with water so they cannot relight. Be cautious with mowing or weed-wacking equipment on dry brush – one spark can ignite a blaze.  ...

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