Monday, November 12

"California fire disaster may worsen as strong winds howl for multiple days" Accuweather this morning

By Renee Duff, AccuWeather meteorologist
November 12, 2018, 9:12:58 AM EST

A dangerous situation is unfolding across Southern California as a multi-day Santa Ana wind event threatens to worsen the already deadly and destructive firestorm early this week.

A pattern similar to what led to the rapid spread of the Camp and Woolsey fires late last week has returned.

"Santa Ana winds ramped back up on Sunday and bouts of moderately strong wind gusts are anticipated through at least Tuesday," according to AccuWeather Meteorologist Alyson Hoegg.

"Winds can gust 50-60 mph in wind-prone passes and canyons and 60-70 mph in the mountains," she said. In Southern California, "the strongest winds are anticipated Monday night through Tuesday morning."

While not as strong as early this week, there can be another round of locally gusty Santa Ana winds Tuesday night into Wednesday morning.

Farther north, gusts of 30-40 mph can persist around the Camp Fire into Monday evening before firefighters welcome calmer conditions for the rest of the week.

The combination of the strong winds, very little moisture in the air and extremely dry ground from months of drought will create a volatile environment for wildfires to ignite and rapidly expand.


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