Dry Conditions, High Temps Prompt Red Flag Warning This Weekend

September 26, 2020 10:00 am · 10 comments

High temperatures in the upper 90s and 100s are expected to blanket the Bay Area this weekend, prompting the National Weather Service to issue a Red Flag warning amid concern of new wildfires.

The Red Flag warning will be in effect from 9 p.m. Saturday through 8 a.m. Monday in the East Bay’s interior valleys, according to the National Weather Service.

Wind gusts of up to 45 mph over the weekend and low humidity are expected to pair with the high temperatures to increase the danger of fires sparking along the Interstate Highway 680 corridor, state Highway 4 corridor and Interstate Highway 580 east of Altamont.

Firefighters across the state continue to battle 25 major wildfires, many of which were sparked during the last West Coast heat wave in mid-August, including the LNU and SCU Lightning Complex fires.

The LNU complex, which is burning in Napa, Sonoma, Solano, Lake, Colusa and Yolo counties, is 98 percent contained, according to Cal Fire. The complex has burned an estimated 363,220 acres, to date.

The SCU complex, which has burned nearly 400,000 acres in Contra Costa, Alameda, Santa Clara, San Joaquin, Merced and Stanislaus counties, is also 98 percent contained, Cal Fire said.

Neither fire complex is expected to grow during the heat wave, but firefighters continue their efforts to fully contain both complexes.

More than 8,000 wildfires across the state have burned more than 3.6 million acres combined in 2020, according to Cal Fire.

Buck September 26, 2020 at 11:43 AM

It smells like smoke in Concord, does anyone know where that’s coming from?

Dorothy September 26, 2020 at 12:05 PM

Thought I could smell some smoke when I went out for the paper this morning. About 20 minutes ago I went out to water some plants in the back and the smell of smoke was very strong. Had to go back inside and put a mask on in order to do the watering.

Ricardoh September 26, 2020 at 12:30 PM

The smell of smoke is back. 12:30 9/26

Mary Fouts September 26, 2020 at 12:32 PM

Air quality rapidly deteriorating. Backyard air quality sensor read 6 at 9 am, it is now 121. Can smell the acrid wildfire smoke on the air. Smoke seems to be drifting in from the north.

ilovepopcorn September 26, 2020 at 12:34 PM

All right already! How many warnings are you all going to make? I think we get it.

Winnie The Pooh September 26, 2020 at 2:55 PM

But you’re the one that says people aren’t smart. They need to be reminded, kind of like how you keep reminding us to wear our masks.

LoveMyCity September 26, 2020 at 1:51 PM

So dear Mayor…can you fill us in? This smoke came on fast and seems local. Is this coming from the SCU?

Dawg September 26, 2020 at 4:38 PM

The wind shifted. Over the last several days, we were getting a sea breeze from the west, blowing the smoke east and clearing the skies over the Bay Area. Now the wind is coming from the north, blowing the smoke over the Bay Area.
Stay indoors as much as possible, there are some New Yorkers that are still getting sick and dying from breathing in the dust from the 9/11 attacks.

Antler September 26, 2020 at 4:55 PM

…… only recently learned that the percentage of “contained” does not have a thing to do with the fire being OUT. The percentage indicates how much of the fire’s CIRCUMFERENCE has been tamed (hopefully stopped) from continuing to spread outward.

Sam September 27, 2020 at 1:22 PM

Do you ever wonder if that lack of in depth understanding affects your opinions about other topics? I sure would explain some of the views you express here. Just a thought

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