Decreasing winds along the mountains and hills and improving humidity readings in the North Bay on Thursday morning prompted the National Weather Service to lift a red flag warning for the region two hours early.
The alert was in effect through 11 a.m. Thursday, for the likelihood of new fire starts and rapid spread of flames due to dry, windy conditions. The warning was canceled just before 9 a.m.
The areas of most concern included the interior North Bay hills and mountains, especially throughout Napa County where fire fuels are driest. There is somewhat less risk in the Diablo Range and Santa Lucia mountains.
North to northeast winds are expected at 15-25 mph with gusts up to 35 mph, and on the highest peaks winds could reach up to 40 mph.
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