Prepare for Santa Ana winds over next two days

SAN DIEGO (CNS) – Mayor Jerry Sanders and fire Chief Javier Mainar
warned San Diegans to prepare for Santa Ana wind conditions over the next
couple of days that could make the region ripe for wildfires.

They were joined at a news conference by National Weather Service
meteorologist Alex Tardy, who said it will be very hot at the coast Wednesday
and Thursday, with 30-40 mph winds from the northeast gusting through canyons
in the area.

The more extreme winds that accompanied the firestorms of 2003 and 2007,
which devastated large swaths of the county, are not expected, he said.

Nevertheless, the mayor urged San Diegans to take all necessary
precautions, including cutting back brush within 100 feet of residences.

“We have some potentially explosive conditions in San Diego County with
lots of dead vegetation,” Sanders said. “It doesn't take much effort and it
might pay dividends that are impossible to measure in dollars and lives.”

Mainar said a fire in the northeastern part of the county broke out
nearly two weeks ago and rapidly grew to 2,000 acres without the presence of
strong winds.

A lot of homes in the city line canyons and uninterrupted brush lands
that haven't burned in years, the chief said.

He said the San Diego Fire-Department has more equipment, including a
pair of large tanker helicopters it can borrow from San Diego Gas & Electric,
and better communications since the Cedar and Witch Creek fires occurred.

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