Threat of more wildfires increases with dry lightning and gusty winds
The National Weather Service has issued a red flag warning for the Sierra, and the Sacramento Valley north of Yuba City. The warning -- which means weather conditions could result in extreme fire behavior -- will be in effect through Wednesday afternoon.
Monday’s storms will produce heavy rain, lightning and hail in the Sierra, according to the KCRA First Alert Weather team. The lightning will elevate fire risk in the area, where firefighters are already battling two significant blazes in the foothills of Placer and Butte counties.
Meanwhile, parts of the Sacramento Valley could see a brief showers from the blow-off of the Sierra storms.
The Sacramento area will start off feeling muggy, with temps in the upper 60s and low 70s.
Temperatures will then peak to 100 degrees in downtown Sacramento Monday afternoon.
An already difficult fire season is about to get even more serious. As if firefighters didn't have enough on their hands battling ten major wildfires throughout California, dry lightning and gusty winds threaten to start and spread even more.
The American Fire in the Tahoe National Forest is a federal fire, but they are getting help from all over the state including 500 firefighters from CAL Fire. However the message from those on the front lines is that everyone can do their part to help.
The American Fire has grown to nearly 13,000 acres. The fire began on August 10th. Now heavy smoke covers skies over the Sierra Foothills, the Tahoe area, and the Sacramento Valley. More fires throughout the region like the Union Fire in El Dorado County are stretching resources thin.
"This weekend we're starting to bring additional resources on, bringing in off-duty firefighters, staffing our reserve engines, making sure we have plenty of resources to respond to what could be a busy couple days for us," CalFire's Daniel Berlant said.
Weather over the next couple of days could intensify what has already been a very active fire season.
"But this is going to heighten it even more because now not only are the conditions right for a fire, now we have the ignition source, which is that dry lightning," ...