Strong offshore winds, warm temperatures and low humidity levels forecast for the region prompted the National Weather Service to issue a "red flag" wildfire warning today.
The dry, blustery spell is expected to produce favorable fire conditions in the valleys and mountains tomorrow through early Saturday, according to the NWS.
Sustained easterly winds up to 30 mph and gusts reaching 55 mph also may make driving dangerous in some locales, especially for motorists in "high profile" vehicles, according to the federal agency.
The conditions–caused by a high-pressure zone over the Great Basin–will include daytime relative humidities as low as 5 percent at times, meteorologists said.
–City News Service