Parts of the North Bay and East Bay are under a red flag warning until 8 p.m. Monday due to increased fire danger.
The warning, which kicked in at 11 p.m. Sunday, covers the North Bay mountains and East Bay hills and valleys.
The forecast calls for offshore winds from the northeast of 15 to 25 mph, with gusts from 30 to 40 mph. The highest peaks could see gusts up to 50 mph.
The offshore winds are expected to ease up Monday night, the weather service said.
Bay Area fire departments issued advisories about the red flag warning on Sunday, asking residents to use caution when operating power equipment around dry brush and to avoid having any outside fires.
For those in Dublin who watched as a fire came dangerously close to their homes in 2019, the warning is a very real reminder to be prepared.
Naveen Sampath and his son Arjun remember when the Harte Fire burned 240 acres and came close to their Dublin townhome in August 2019.
“We live on the back side near the mountains and my wife called 911,” said Sampath. “We will probably be checking email arts and see how the weather tracks tonight and if need be, be ready with the essentials.”
Cal Fire is also preparing in case high winds and dry fuels lead to fires.
“We have done additional staffing at the regional level and we also plan to have an aircraft early up so aircraft is ready a few hours earlier than they are normally available,” said Robert Foxworthy of Cal Fire. “If you are in a wildland area make sure your trailer is in good condition and don't drag any chains and this is not the time to do any residential burning “
He also says historically most large destructive fires occur during red flag conditions.