Why the weather conditions are important
The conditions that are being forecast for portions of the state “historically have led to catastrophic wildfires,” the utility giant’s senior meteorologist, Evan Duffey, said in the news conference.
And this, he said, is by all metrics “forecast to be the strongest offshore wind event since October 2017.”
The National Weather Service has warned of strong winds and low humidity running over dry vegetation, which the service said acts as “fuels.”
“This is a recipe for explosive fire growth, if a fire starts,” the weather service said. “Have your go back ready.”
The service issued red flag warnings starting early Wednesday morning across the North Bay Mountains and Valleys, East Bay Hills and East Bay Valleys. The warnings mean “warm temperatures, very low humidities, and stronger winds are expected to combine to produce an increased risk of fire danger,” the service said.
The strong winds will begin Wednesday morning and will last through Friday morning, Duffey said during the news conference.