Fire Weather Watch In Effect Through Sunday, October 29, 2023
FIRE WEATHER WATCH IN EFFECT FROM EARLY SATURDAY MORNING THROUGH SUNDAY AFTERNOON FOR GUSTY OFFSHORE WINDS AND LOW HUMIDITY FOR FIRE ZONES 502,504,512,514,515...
The National Weather Service in San Francisco has issued a Fire Weather Watch for gusty winds and low humidity, which is in effect from late Friday (10/27) night through Sunday (10/29) afternoon.
* AFFECTED AREA:
Fire Weather Zone 502 Marin Coastal Range, Fire Weather Zone 504 North Bay Interior Mountains, Fire Weather Zone 512 Santa Cruz Mountains, Fire Weather Zone 514 Eastern Santa Clara Hills and Fire Weather Zone 515 East Bay Hills.
North-northeast 15 to 25 mph with gusts up to 40 mph. Highest ridgetops and peaks may see gusts up to 50 mph.
* RELATIVE HUMIDITY:
Minimum relative humidity as low as 15 to 25 percent on Saturday and Sunday. Poor relative humidity recoveries overnight in the 25 to 45 percent range.
The combination of gusty winds and low humidity can cause fire to rapidly grow in size and intensity. Outdoor burning is not recommended.
A Fire Weather Watch means that critical fire weather conditions are forecast to occur. Listen for later forecasts and possible Red Flag Warnings.
View Fire Weather Zones: https://www.weather.gov/media/pimar/FireZone/ca_n_firezone.pdf
View updated weather forecast: https://www.weather.gov/mtr/
The National Weather Service issues Red Flag Warnings & Fire Weather Watches to alert fire departments of the onset, or possible onset, of critical weather and dry conditions that could lead to rapid or dramatic increases in wildfire activity.
A Red Flag Warning is issued for weather events which may result in extreme fire behavior that will occur within 24 hours. A Fire Weather Watch is issued when weather conditions could exist in the next 12-72 hours. A Red Flag Warning is the highest alert. During these times extreme caution is urged by all residents, because a simple spark can cause a major wildfire. A Fire Weather Watch is one level below a warning, but fire danger is still high.
What To Do During A Fire Weather Watch?
- Stay informed with emergency alerts. Sign up for Alert Marin and Nixle.
- Review evacuation maps and checklists.
- Assemble a "Grab and Go" bag for yourself, your family, and your pets.
- Stay fire vigilant. One less spark is one less wildfire. Watch Video
What To Do During A Red Flag Warning?
- Review your wildfire evacuation checklist.
- Walk around the outside of your house and clear anything combustible, including:
- Leaves from roofs, gutters, and around the base of walls
- Wicker lawn furniture and all cushions
- Wood piles or debris near structures
- Flammable doormats
- Ensure your family and pets are prepared, and keep your evacuation go-kits nearby.
- Ensure your car has a full tank of gas or is fully charged.
- Ensure your cell phone is charged, and monitor phones for emergency alerts.
- Keep hydrated – it’s usually warm and dry!
Activities To Avoid
- Don’t use barbecues or fire-pits outdoors.
- Don’t use any source of heat or open flame outdoors, including, cooking, using power tools (gas or electric), or mowers.
- Don’t smoke outdoors.
- Avoid driving or parking in dry grass or vegetation.
- Avoid closed areas and be alert while visiting (open) public lands where wildfires might occur.
Evacuation Preparedness Resources