Strong, dry winds have sparked a number of fires in the foothills this evening. Here are a few: A new fire, on Lone Lobo trail off Bitney Springs- close to the old Grass Valley group, Another on Kentucky Flat off Newtown Rd. The biggest is on Orion Way and Polaris Dr, just past the Fairgrounds. Evacuations are currently under way there. Other fires are currently burning just east of Loma Rica on the roads SE of Loma Rica Rd and another active fire in the Dobbins area. Strong, gusty, dry winds are responsible for the fire starts and are expected to continue into Monday.
The National Weather Service in Sacramento has issued a Wind Advisory, which is in effect from 8 PM Sunday to 9 AM PDT Monday. Winds increase Sunday evening with strongest wind occurring in the overnight hours into early Monday morning. Northeast wind 20 to 40 mph with local gusts up to 55 mph. A Wind Advisory means that sustained winds of 25 to 39 mph or gusts 40 to 57 mph are possible.
We are in peak fire season right now in Northern California. Fall winds such as we are experiencing now are not uncommon this time of year. Unfortunately, we haven’t seen sufficient fall rains to help with these fires. Scenarios such as these can spark devastating fires this time of year.
New fire starts are very possible into Monday. You’re encouraged to stay alert and informed by going to: https://yubanet.com/featured/now/. Live police /fire scanner feed can also be found at: https://www.broadcastify.com/listen/ctid/211
And, of course, if you see smoke, call 911. It would be helpful to also report any new fire start to Yubanet. Email them at [email protected] or call 530-478-9600 to let them know. You can also text reports to 530-409-9888.
Tune in here to http://cascadeshoresweather.com for a current fire update and weather forecast Monday morning. Please be careful everybody and stay safe!