Wild winds, low humidity, could spread wildfires across this week

California wildfire: Thousands evacuated in Ventura County

California wildfire: Thousands evacuated in Ventura County

Forecasters say the offshore flow is likely to last into next week, and that San Diego is unlikely to receive significant rain for the first half of December.

"But, you should see warming throughout the week, topped out at around the low 80s", National Weather Service Meteorologist John Dumaf said. Fire officials are working with the Ventura County Office of Emergency Services in activating evacuations when it becomes necessary.

Like the fire department, the county's energy utility will also increase staffing throughout the week. "Proactively locating crews in those areas will shorten response time if there is an outage".

But the lack of recent rainfall and low humidity levels have dried out the extra fuel, making it ready to spark.

Monday, the strongest winds will be primarily in the north to south passes to our north ( the Santa Ana Mountains and Cajon Pass) and so will not affect us.

This article was originally published at 7:10 p.m. Strongest winds are expected Tuesday and Thursday. Weather officials said those regions could see wind gusts of 50 to 70 miles per hour Monday night into Tuesday.

Dry Santa Ana winds are raising the threat of critical fire weather conditions in Southern California.

With a high threat level Thursday, the Forest Service warns that "upon ignition, fires will grow very rapidly, will burn intensely, and will be very hard to control".

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