Posted by: Bonnie Phelps | October 2, 2014

Cal Fire prepares for high temps, Santa Ana winds

Cal Fire prepares for high temps, Santa Ana winds

SAN DIEGO COUNTY — Cal Fire is adding equipment and staffing beginning Wednesday in San Diego County as a forecast of high temperatures, Santa Ana winds and low humidity increase the danger of wildfires.

The National Weather Service has issued a heat advisory for the county from 11 a.m. Friday through 8 p.m. Saturday. Weak to moderate Santa Ana winds are expected. Temperatures in the inland valleys could reach 100 degrees on Friday and Saturday. Relative humidity is expected to be in the single digits.

Cal Fire Capt. Kendal Bortisser said Tuesday night that the increased resources will include an air tanker coming from Northern California, making a total of three available in Ramona.

Extra staffing will include additional battalion chiefs throughout the county and more personnel at the county’s emergency command and control center.

With the severe drought, fire officials have said the county’s backcountry is as dry or worse than it was during the firestorms of 2003 and 2007.

The most devastating wildfires in the county have occurred in the month of October, Bortisser said.

“We’re making sure we have resources in place,” he said.

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