Strong, dry winds bring Red Flag Warning to Northern California

As a precaution PG&E will shut off electricity to at least 1,600 customers Saturday

Red Flag Warning California
Red Flag Warning June 8 and 9 in Northern California.

Strong winds, low humidities, and well above average temperatures have resulted in a Red Flag Warning being issued for parts of Northern California until 5 p.m. Sunday.

The forecast for the central valley in Northern California calls for north winds of 15 to 30 mph gusting at 35 to 45, with 10 to 20 percent humidity.

The North Bay Hills above 1,000 feet should experience 15 to 25 mph northeast winds gusting at 40 to 50, with 12 to 22 percent humidity.

In order to prevent their power lines from starting wildfires during the wind event, Pacific Gas and Electric said they will shut off power to at least 1,600 customers Saturday.

From USA Today:

The utility announced Friday night that as of Saturday morning it will turn off electricity to customers in Napa, Solano and Yolo counties west of Sacramento.

The utility said it also will monitor conditions in parts of the Sierra foothills Saturday night through Sunday when they will be at peak fire risk. The company said it could decide to cut power to 30,000 customers in Butte, Yuba, Nevada, El Dorado and Placer counties.That includes portions of Paradise, where a wildfire wiped out nearly 15,000 homes last year.

Author: Bill Gabbert

After working full time in wildland fire for 33 years, he continues to learn, and strives to be a Student of Fire. Google+

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