Extreme fire risk becomes less intense in the Bay Area – for now – But La Niña to keep conditions dry well in November

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The extreme conditions of wildfire are now calm.

Bay Area enters a period of calm after weeks of high alert wildfires. The region is not under Red Flag Warnings, advisory, or for watch for the first time in weeks. It was one of the few intervals since the August lightning obstruction off a historically disastrous wildfire season two months ago.

The Pacific Gas and Electric Co.’s recent implementation of a wide power outage gives consumers a headache but appeared to prevent disaster as the strongest winds receded in California State. As of Wednesday afternoon, the number has been down to 900 customers without power from a total of 345,000 clients affected by power shot downs. Utility officials claim that the remaining 900 without current are not in the Bay Area.

The offshore winds that hit California’s mountainous peaks, thought to be the toughest of the year, ignites two fires near the crowded area Chino Hills southeast of Loss Angeles. Otherwise, there is no further damage from the incident that happened in the state. The fires in Blue Ridge and Silverado endangered a combined 90,000 structures on Wednesday, but the fading of strong winds are expected to cause containment efforts, Cal Fire said.

On Wednesday, forecast the Orange County’s Blue Ridge Fire exploded as it ignites 14,300 acres surpassing Silverado Fire in acreage. It becomes the largest new fire created by Sunday’s strong wind. About 16 percent of the fire is contained on Wednesday morning, and Cal Fire expected the repression to grow as winds weaken. Yorba Linda, other areas of Chino Hills, and 40 miles southeast of Los Angeles forced about 70,000 evacuations.

Silverado Fire slows down as firefighters muscled 13,400-acre to contain 25 percent. Fire in the Santa Ana Mountains makes 70,000 people evacuate, and two firefighters were injured. On Wednesday, the firefighters remain in critical condition.

In Northern California, the strong winds destroy power lines but failed to cause any large-scale wildfires. Meteorologists say that nighttime temperatures are allowed to conduct substantial humidity recovery. Humidity levels slowly increase on Wednesday after days of drying winds.

Meteorologists added that it could be the start of rainfalls that could mark the end of wildfire season. However, things aren’t that clear enough, as it remains unlikely. A moist marine layer crept back over the coast this Wednesday.

National Weather Service meteorological models showing no signs of rain in the first weeks of November. The conditions will remain dry in the Bay Area for the next month, meteorologists forecasting rain updates.

Wednesday report, Gerry Diaz NWS meteorologist says that “We can’t rule out the possibility of precipitation, but for the immediate weeks we do not see any rain.”

The Pacific region is likely to suffer the La Niña event, and the rains can’t bring that much relief.

LeRoy Westerling, a climate and fire scientist at UC Merced, told Chronic on Tuesday, “If we had some rain soon, it would be a relief to everybody, but a La Niña winter makes it less likely to get that.”

NWS reports that the region will experience slightly elevated temperature, and temperature will begin to warm this Thursday around the Bay Area heading into the weekend. The coming days will have a foggy marine layer that brings grace to the coast once again in the coming days. A low-pressure system comes in and allows clouds to form and trap moisture overnight.

Diaz says that it is a good reason to celebrate a little as the red flag warnings end throughout the state. However, it’s too soon to predict the end of the wildfire season.

He said, “A lot can change between now and the end of the month.” 

Thomas Lake

Resident tech nerd for the SF Times.