Elevated fire danger to continue on Friday in southern California

UPDATED at 7:38 a.m. PDT November 1, 2019

Hot Dry Windy Index wildfire
Hot Dry Windy Index for the Santa Clarita area, created October 31, 2019.

The weather in southern California will be dry and breezy on Friday and Saturday but not to the extreme levels seen earlier this week. There are no Red Flag Warnings, but in Santa Clarita where the Tick Fire occurred for example, the forecast calls for 10 to 14 mph northeast winds gusting at 16 to 29 off and on into Friday night. Through Saturday the relative humidity will remain below 10 percent during the day with no recovery at night.

The Hot-Dry-Windy Index will be above the 75th percentile on Friday and Saturday.

Friday morning the chart below was revised to add the red “Critical” area that was not in the version issued Thursday. That is where the Maria Fire started at 6:15 p.m. Thursday east of Ventura, California.

Elevated Fire wildfire Weather for November 1, 2019
Elevated and Critical Fire Weather for November 1, 2019.
Weather forecast fire wildfire Santa Clarita
Weather forecast for the Santa Clarita area for the 48-hour period beginning at 4 p.m. PDT October 31, 2019.

There are no Red Flag Warnings in the medium-range weather outlook for southern California, but it is supposed to be dry.

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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.