San Diego to Go Under Red Flag Warning as Fires Scorch State

The San Diego region is set to be under a red flag warning from Sunday through Tuesday amid fires raging elsewhere in the state, the National Weather Service said Saturday.

The warning, which means gusty winds, dry brush and low humidity levels were expected to put the region at a heightened risk for wildfire, will last from 6 a.m. Sunday to 5 p.m. Tuesday, the NWS said.

The red flag warning also affects Orange, western Riverside and southwestern San Bernardino counties.

Northeast winds of 20 to 30 mph — with gusts up to 50 mph in most areas and up to 70 mph below passes and canyons — were predicted for the area. Humidity was expected to be around 5 to 10 percent for most of the region.

The winds will become strongest Monday and Tuesday, with the area north of Oceanside and a corridor between Encinitas and La Jolla especially at risk for strong gusts, forecasters said.

Any fires that develop will likely spread rapidly, the NWS said, and outdoor burning was discouraged.

Los Angeles and Ventura counties, where the Woolsey and Hill fires have destroyed at least 150 homes and forced the evacuations of more than 200,000 people, were already under a red flag warning that was set to continue until Tuesday. And parts of Northern California, where the Camp Fire has scorched more than 100,000 acres and leveled the town of Paradise, were to be under a similar red flag warning from Saturday night through Monday morning.

–City News Service

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