Wildfire warning in effect through Sunday

Wildfire warning in effect through Sunday


Firefighters FlamesSAN DIEGO — A red flag warning signaling a heightened risk of wildfire will be in force Friday in San Diego-area valley and mountain areas due to warm, windy and extremely dry conditions, meteorologists said.

The warning will be in effect from 8 a.m. Friday to 6 p.m. Sunday because of a “critical” combustion risk resulting from strong Santa Ana winds out of the northeast coupled with humidity levels dipping below 15 percent and possibly into the single digits, according to the  National Weather Service.

By this evening and into Saturday morning, sustained winds of 20 to 30 miles per hour with peak gusts of 55 to 70 mph will sweep canyons and foothill valley areas downwind of Cuyamaca Lake and Hellhole Canyon in Valley Center, the NWS said in an advisory.

A red flag warning is the most serious fire-related caution issued by the NWS.

The agency also issued a…

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