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Red Flag Warning in Effect Through Tuesday in Parts of Bay Area

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A red flag warning went into effect Sunday morning and it will last through Tuesday afternoon in parts of the Bay Area, meteorologists say.

The warning is specifically for interior Northern California including Solano County and dry north winds and warming temperatures are expected to enhance fire danger in the region.

According to Meteorologist Rob Mayeda, the red flag warning will causing dry, breezy and warmer at times on inland hills Monday.

The red flag warning is also prompting Cal Fire stations across the Bay Area to begin staffing up and to position equipment in case they need to respond quickly.

"Every unit throughout Northern California, to be more specific is staffing up additional engines and dozers,” said Robert Foxworthy, a Cal Fire spokesman.

The winds are just contributing to an already concerning potential for fire danger because so much of the state is also seeing drought conditions.

NBC Bay Area’s Terry McSweeney spoke with Cecile Juliette, a spokeswoman with Cal Fire about what challenges firefighters faced in Sunday’s Basin Fire and how they are preparing for the fire season.

Foxworthy told NBC Bay Area that people should even hold off on something they often ask homeowners to do.

"So, right now, in the conditions that we have, this isn't the time for the public to get out and start doing those outdoor, brush clearing, vegetation type removal projects,” he said.

Instead, Foxworthy recommends that residents should be getting their go bags ready just in case a fire breaks out nearby and evacuations are issued.

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