Fire danger remains high

SAN DIEGO (CNS) – Strong Santa Ana winds and single-digit humidity levels threatened to create wildfire conditions in San Diego County for the second consecutive day Tuesday, meteorologists said.

The National Weather Service issued a red flag warning for inland valley and mountain areas until 6 p.m. Wednesday, saying current dry, windy conditions could contribute to extreme fire behavior. A red flag warning is the Weather Service’s most serious fire-related warning.

Valley and mountain areas were also subject this morning to a high wind warning, which is issued when there are winds strong enough to cause property damage.

The high wind warning was canceled just before 9 a.m., at which time a less-serious wind advisory took effect. The wind advisory — which denotes winds strong enough to make driving difficult — was scheduled until 4 p.m. Wednesday.

The Weather Service said sustained east-to-northeast winds of 20 to 30 miles per hour and gusts up to 50 mph were expected in both areas this morning. By this afternoon, winds will be out of the east and slightly weaker, according to the agency.

Motorists were cautioned to watch for broken tree limbs and other debris on roadways.

Categories: KUSI