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While the calendar may say October, CAL FIRE firefighters are preparing for several days of extreme fire weather across many parts of California. The National Weather Service has issued five separate “Red Flag Warnings” and “Fire Weather Watches” due to gusty winds and low humidity spanning from Northeastern California, the Sacramento Valley, the Bay Area, parts of Kern County, as well as Southern California. With the heightened fire danger and increased potential for new fires, CAL FIRE has placed additional firefighters on duty to staff extra equipment in the areas affected. Cal-Fire Information Officer Daniel Berlant says by this time of year conditions in many areas are at their driest of the season.
Berlant says there are some precautions you can take to reduce the threat.
A Fire Weather Watch is in effect through Saturday morning for much of the Sacramento Valley below 1,000 feet from Glenn and Colusa Counties, down to the Sacramento Delta and Carquinez Strait. Humidity is expected to be as low as 10 percent during the day with winds 15 to 25 mph with gusts of 40mph.