SACRAMENTO, California. – A red flag warning has been issued in Northern California due to weather conditions critical to the initiation and spread of wildfires.
According to the National Weather Service, the Red Flag Alert is in effect until 5 p.m. Thursday.
9 counties are on alert for forest fires
The first thing you should know is that warning signals signal to the public that weather conditions are conducive to the development of forest fires.
But not only that, warning signs also indicate that the same conditions can cause fires to spread and spread quickly.
The districts subject to the red flag alert level are:
Due to predicted northerly wind gusts, the north and central Sacramento Valley and surrounding terrain are also affected by critical fire conditions.
Why there is a Red Flag Alert in Northern California
The NWS forecast is that there will be conditions conducive to wildfire development this Thursday.
- Wind gusts of 25 miles per hour
- Weather with very low humidity
- Sustained winds of 10 to 20 mph
Power outages are being announced to PG&E customers due to fire forecasts
PG&E confirmed Thursday its notice of massive power outages affecting thousands of customers in parts of 8 counties and 2 tribal communities.
According to the company, around 5,200 customers could be temporarily affected due to the fire protection measures.
Since Wednesday, PG&E has implemented blackouts in Tehama, Lake and Napa counties.