SAN FRANCISCO — Forecasters are warning of a weekend fire danger in parts of northern California, driven by gusty winds and very low humidity.
CalFire numbers for 2022 so far show that three of the four most recent CalFire responses involve Siskiyou County. It also shows those March fires all 100% contained.
CalFire says it has already recorded more than 1,000 fires this year, burning more than 6,000 acres.
This weekend, the Weather Service says the strongest winds are expected near San Francisco, with gusts of 60 miles per hour possible in the mountains north and east of the city. Strong winds also blew across Sacramento County on Saturday. A wind gust of 53 miles per hour was recorded at Jarbo Gap in neighboring Butte County.
Red flag warnings for high fire danger are in effect until 5 p.m. Sunday in some areas.
CalFire’s 2022 season outlook said: “California continues to experience longer wildfire seasons as a direct result of climate change. The prolonged drought originating in January is expected to continue into the spring with little perception, leaving most of the state in moderate to extreme drought conditions heading into summer. These continued dry conditions with above normal temperatures well into the spring will leave fuel moisture levels below normal which will increase the potential for wildfire activity. »