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Red Flag Warning for fire danger remains in effect through Wednesday

Fire weather is back, leaving Northern California with only one day of calm winds before more strong winds return.

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — With more shutoffs expected, the National Weather Service is making sure people are prepared. 

The National Weather Service has issued a Red Flag Warning that began at 8 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 29, and is expected to expire around 4 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 30. The concern, once again, is the strong winds leading to more fires, and rapidly spreading fires. 

Winds are forecasted to hit speeds between 15 - 35 mph, with gusts anywhere from 35 - 60 mph. The winds will really start gusting first for the Sierra and Foothills early evening Tuesday. 

The coastal range should start experiencing strong gusts around 7:30-8:00 p.m. Tuesday in fire prone areas and areas already experiencing fires. Overnight, the gusts will remain strong through the early morning hours.

The National Weather Service issues Red Flag Warnings to alert fire departments in the area to the possibility of critical weather and dry conditions that could lead to dramatic increases in wildfire activity within the next 24 hours. This is the highest alert, so Cal Fire urges residents to use extreme caution during these times. A simple spark can cause a major wildfire.


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