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Conditions Ripe For Wildfires

The National Weather Service says some of the most dangerous fire weather in Southern California comes this time of year. The service says continued drought makes conditions ripe for wildfires. KPBS E

Conditions Ripe For Wildfires

The National Weather Service says some of the most dangerous fire weather in Southern California comes this time of year. The service says continued drought makes conditions ripe for wildfires.  KPBS Environmental Reporter Ed Joyce has more.
     
Two of the worst fires in San Diego County history have come in October.

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The National Weather Service says this year's persistent drought conditions and the summer heat have primed forest areas for severe wildfires.

San Diego National Weather Service meteorologist Stan Waswoski says fall weather conditions create extreme hazard for wildfires.

The variable is the Santa Ana winds.

Wasowski:
It just depends on how strong the winds will get. Cause each year the winds are a little bit different. you know some years they're a little stronger, other years not quite as strong. So, usually it always comes from east to west or northeast to southwest.

He says a long stretch of very low relative humidity and gusty winds can lead to rapid fire growth and dangerous conditions for firefighters.

Ed Joyce, KPBS News.

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National Weather Service Wildfire Awareness:

Because more people than ever before now live in the urban area between their communities and a nearby forest or wilderness area, the National Weather Service says people need to prepare.

Recommendations include:       -- Clear the brush at least 30 feet away from your home and trim tree branches away from chimneys and electrical lines.

      -- Enclose roof eaves and undersides of decks with fire resistant materials.

      -- Develop a home evacuation plan in case you need to leave in an emergency, and have two exit routes from your neighborhood.

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