Forecasters are warning of an onset of gusty, dry conditions that will dramatically raise fire danger in large swaths of California as surface high pressure builds into the Pacific Northwest.
In Southern California, the National Weather Service has predicted a siege of Santa Ana winds with powerful offshore gusts and very low humidity levels.
An array of red flag warnings have been issued for the greater Los Angeles region, the inland counties and south to San Diego Thursday night though Sunday afternoon.
In the San Francisco region, a similar forecast has prompted warnings for the East Bay Hills, Diablo Range, North Bay and Santa Cruz mountains, and parts of the Mendocino National Forest. The drying winds will also bring fire danger to the Sacramento Valley and areas to the west.
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