Bay Area communities are on alert as low humidity and dry conditions increase fire danger.
Temperatures are low in the week leading up to Christmas, but, unfortunately, conditions are ripe for wildfires – in an area that was devastated by multiple wind-whipped blazes just two months ago.
A Red Flag Warning is in effect from 10 p.m. Friday through 10 a.m. Sunday in the Santa Cruz Mountains, East Bay and North Bay hills, and Diablo range. Gusty north to northeast winds are expected, especially at elevations above 1000 feet.
The National Weather Service recommends that people don’t burn anything outside.
The so-called Bear fire sparked in the Santa Cruz Mountains and was doused in mid-October. A few nights ago, however, it flared back up. Flames burned less than one acre before Cal Fire put it out. The flare up demonstrates how dry the weather conditions are.