Wednesday night the National Weather Service (NWS) issued a red flag warning covering the East Bay Hills, San Jose, Monterey, and most of San Mateo County, as strong winds threaten to add to Northern California’s fire crisis.
A red flag is an NWS tool that indicates imminent fire danger. Although like everything else when it comes to predicting the weather, it’s hard to tell whether increased risk will translate to actual fire, people in the affected area should take these warnings seriously.
According to Cal Fire:
A red flag warning is issued for weather events which may result in extreme fire behavior that will occur within 24 hours. […] A Red Flag Warning is the highest alert. During these times extreme caution is urged by all residents, because a simple spark can cause a major wildfire.
NWS says the warning will remain in effect until 5 p.m. Thursday. The weather agency cautions that “any fires that develop could spread rapidly” and warns against outdoor burning…