Windy, dry California remains at risk for fires - San Diego, California News Station - KFMB Channel 8 - cbs8.com

Windy, dry California remains at risk for fires

Posted: Updated:
This Tuesday Jan. 14, 2014 photo shows a Riverside County firefighter walking past a fully engulfed burning home in Jurupa Valley, Calif. (AP) This Tuesday Jan. 14, 2014 photo shows a Riverside County firefighter walking past a fully engulfed burning home in Jurupa Valley, Calif. (AP)

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Large swaths of California remained at risk for wildfires Wednesday as dry and windy weather conditions persisted.

Red flag warnings for critical fire weather conditions were posted from Santa Barbara County south through Los Angeles to the U.S.-Mexico border, along the spine of the Sierra Nevada, and in areas east and north of San Francisco Bay.

Fires that struck windy areas of the state on Tuesday were quickly quashed by large deployments of firefighters, aircraft and other equipment before the flames could be stoked by gusts into major conflagrations.

Three homes and outbuildings were damaged on Kimball Island, a marshy slip of land in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta.

East of Los Angeles, several residences and dozens of vehicles were destroyed by a 2-acre blaze in Riverside County's Jurupa Valley.

Among Tuesday's most dramatic incidents was a brief fire that swept up the steep face of Los Angeles' Pacific Palisades, snarling traffic on Pacific Coast Highway below.

Aircraft swooped in with water drops as firefighters unleashed streams from hoses, preventing damage to multimillion-dollar ocean-view homes.

Large parts of Southern California below mountain passes, canyons and foothills have been buffeted all week by the region's notorious Santa Ana winds.

Spawned by surface high pressure over the interior of the West, the Santa Anas form as the cold air flows toward Southern California, then speeds up and warms as it descends in a rush toward the coast. Some of the most extreme gusts reported by the National Weather Service topped 70 mph.

These offshore winds also raise temperatures to summerlike levels. Many areas have enjoyed temperatures well into the 80s.

California is also under the influence of a persistent upper-level ridge of high pressure anchored off its north coast that has also kept the region generally warm, dry and clear.

Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

  • Local NewsMore>>

  • Good Friday events in San Diego

    Good Friday events in San Diego

    Friday, April 18 2014 10:39 AM EDT2014-04-18 14:39:45 GMT
    A walk through downtown San Diego and a charity event at Petco Park are scheduled today for Good Friday, when Christians celebrate Christ's crucifixion. 
    A walk through downtown San Diego and a charity event at Petco Park are scheduled today for Good Friday, when Christians celebrate Christ's crucifixion. 
  • Robbery suspect leads police on pursuit

    Robbery suspect leads police on pursuit

    Friday, April 18 2014 10:26 AM EDT2014-04-18 14:26:52 GMT
    One person was in custody and another was being sought Friday following an ATM theft in Tierrasanta that led to a high-speed pursuit across several San Diego neighborhoods. 
    One person was in custody and another was being sought Friday following an ATM theft in Tierrasanta that led to a high-speed pursuit across several San Diego neighborhoods. 
  • Gasoline price rises for 17th straight day

    Gasoline price rises for 17th straight day

    Friday, April 18 2014 9:56 AM EDT2014-04-18 13:56:37 GMT
    The average price of a gallon of self-serve regular gasoline in San Diego County rose Friday for the 17th consecutive day, increasing two-tenths of a cent to $4.272, its highest amount since March 2, 2013. 
    The average price of a gallon of self-serve regular gasoline in San Diego County rose Friday for the 17th consecutive day, increasing two-tenths of a cent to $4.272, its highest amount since March 2, 2013. 
Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 WorldNow and Midwest Television, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.