Dry And Breezy Conditions Are Creating An Elevated Fire Risk In Southern California

Matt Lillywhite

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"Dry and breezy conditions will contribute to an elevated fire weather risk across southern California today and Sunday," per the National Weather Service.

According to NOAA, "Fires spread in hot, dry, and windy conditions. Warmer temperatures and lower relative humidity make the fuels more receptive to ignition. Stronger winds supply oxygen to fire, preheating the fuels in the path of the fire and transport embers ahead of the flaming front. When hot, dry, and windy conditions occur simultaneously, wildfires can spread quickly." So, California's dry and windy conditions certainly increase the risk of wildfires starting and spreading quickly.

Due to breezy weather conditions in Southern California over the next few days, avoid any activities requiring fire or sparks while the weather is hot and dry. Remember that any fire-related activity, such as making a campfire, operating machinery, off-roading on dry grass, or burning debris, should be avoided while there is an elevated fire risk.

According to the US Department of the Interior, "fireworks start over 19,000 fires and send over 9,000 people to the ER each year in the United States." Before using fireworks to celebrate birthdays or holidays, check your local federal, state, and city rules. Because various states, counties, and towns may have different rules and restrictions, doing some research ahead of time might save you money on a fine for unlawful fireworks usage, or even worse, the possibility of starting a wildfire.

Since the National Weather Service has warned of an elevated risk of wildfires, you should pay attention to your local weather forecast and prepare to evacuate if requested. If you want to stay up-to-date with fire safety information, you can check out the website of the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CalFire).

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