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Extreme Fire Danger Hits San Diego County — Is Your Home Fire-Safe?

Aired 5/13/14 on KPBS Midday Edition.

GUESTS:

Eddie Villavicencio, Deputy Fire Marshall, San Diego Fire Department, City of San Diego

Rick Halsey, California Chaparral Institute

Transcript

Hot, dry windy conditions are with us again… it's our second Santa Ana in two weeks and it's only May. The threat of fire couldn't get more serious for San Diego as we head into summer. But is your property prepared? Is your neighborhood prepared? Today we'll talk with fire officials and experts about getting ready for an extended fire season in the county.

NWS

A red flag warning has been issued for San Diego County, May 12, 2014. A heat warning has been issued for the coast.

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The National Weather Service issued a red flag warning through 8 p.m. on Wednesday for the inland and mountain areas of the county. At 3 p.m., the NWS issued a heat advisory for the coast Tuesday through Thursday and the valleys Wednesday through Thursday.

"I’d say the threat for fire danger is higher in this event just because we’re so dried out from the last event," said Alex Tardy, meteorologist with National Weather Service San Diego.

San Diego County was hit two weeks ago with one of the strongest Santa Ana events since the October 2007 wildfires.

"This wind event will be about half- to three-quarters of the last one," Tardy said, with the strongest gusts of up to 75 mph in the mountains and valleys expected to occur Tuesday starting at sunrise and continuing through Wednesday evening.

Temperatures on Monday are expected to reach 90 degrees in the inland valleys, with wind gusts reaching 50 mph along the mountain slopes.

According to NWS, the heat will intensify starting Tuesday and continue through Thursday, with daytime temperatures soaring to 100 degrees west of the mountains.

The ridge of high pressure will begin to degrade on Friday, allowing cooler weather to arrive in time for the weekend, but there is no precipitation in the 10-day outlook, stated NWS.

“We have all but reached that time of year where we have to wait until next fall for appreciable rainfall west of the mountains,” NWS stated.

Comments

Avatar for user 'Peking_Duck_SD'

Peking_Duck_SD | May 12, 2014 at 5:12 p.m. ― 7 months, 2 weeks ago

I really dislike it when maps are included without a key.

What is the difference between the orange, pink, and brown colors?

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children_at_play | May 12, 2014 at 8:33 p.m. ― 7 months, 2 weeks ago

I agree with the no key thing and wanted to know myself what this map meant. I found it after clicking around on the NWS site (Caps are theirs, not mine :)

Brown = high wind warning = A HIGH WIND WARNING MEANS A HAZARDOUS HIGH WIND EVENT IS EXPECTED OR OCCURRING. SUSTAINED WIND SPEEDS OF AT LEAST 40 MPH OR GUSTS OF 58 MPH OR MORE CAN LEAD TO PROPERTY DAMAGE.

Pink = red flag warning = A RED FLAG WARNING MEANS THAT CRITICAL FIRE WEATHER CONDITIONS ARE EITHER OCCURRING NOW...OR WILL SHORTLY. A COMBINATION OF STRONG WINDS...LOW RELATIVE HUMIDITY...AND WARM TEMPERATURES WILL CONTRIBUTE TO EXTREME FIRE BEHAVIOR.

Orange = heat advisory = I didn't find a "heat advisory means..." but did find this little reminder: DURING THIS UPCOMING HEAT WAVE... MAKE SURE TO DRINK PLENTY OF NON-ALCOHOLIC FLUIDS... DRESS IN LIGHTWEIGHT CLOTHING AND CHECK ON YOUR NEIGHBORS... ESPECIALLY THE ELDERLY. NEVER LEAVE CHILDREN... THE ELDERLY... OR PETS IN AN AUTOMOBILE... EVEN FOR A SHORT TIME. TEMPERATURES INSIDE VEHICLES... EVEN IF THE WINDOWS ARE PARTIALLY OPEN... CAN QUICKLY RISE TO LIFE-THREATENING LEVELS.

http://forecast.weather.gov/hazards/sgx

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