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San Diegans brace for another hot day, minimum day for schools

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SAN DIEGO (NEWS 8/CNS) - San Diego Unified School District will once again run on a minimum day schedule on Wednesday due to forecasted high temperatures.

The intense heat was certainly felt across San Diego County Monday, and temperatures soared even higher on Tuesday.

Arid Santa Ana winds buffeted the San Diego area Monday amid sultry summer-like temperatures, keeping the region on high alert for  wildfires.  

 A National Weather Service "red flag" fire-hazard warning went into effect for the county's inland valleys and mountains on Sunday -- a day after  the 10th anniversary of the start of the catastrophic Harris and Witch Creek  fires, conflagrations that spread over a total of about 288,400 acres,  destroyed more than 1,300 homes and killed seven people.  

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The torrid conditions, including thermometer readings 20 to 25 degrees  above seasonal averages, prompted numerous public schools to implement minimum- day schedules for today and Tuesday, while fire agencies across the county have  beefed up staffing to deal with potentially dangerous wildfires.  

The swelter also resulted in some local heat records, the NWS reported,  with afternoon highs of 104 degrees in El Cajon, beating the prior Oct. 23  milestone of 100, set in 2003; 101 in Ramona, (97 degrees, 2003); 100 in Vista  (99, 1965); and 99 in Alpine (98, 1959).  

The wildfire alert is scheduled to remain in effect through Wednesday evening.  

The U.S. Forest Service warned that any wildland blazes erupting under  the prevailing conditions likely would spread with perilous speed. The Santa  Ana Wildfire Threat Index will be increased Tuesday, when any fire that ignites  "will grow rapidly and will be difficult to control," the agency advised.

To prepare for the increased danger of wildfire, Cal Fire, the San Diego  Fire-Rescue Department and Cleveland National Forest have all beefed up their  staffing levels.  

Two significant fires erupted in San Diego County on Saturday, as the  hot spell was kicking in across the Southland. The so-called Church Fire  scorched about 100 acres in the in Campo area, and the El Capitan Fire, sparked  by a plane crash believed to have killed two people, burned about 20 acres  before firefighters got the flames under control.  

Originally set to end Tuesday evening, the red-flag warning was extended  to 6 p.m. Wednesday as models showed high winds were expected to continue for  another day. Forecasters expect Santa Ana winds gusts as high as 60 mph at  times in locales and air-moisture levels dipping into the single digits over  the period.

SDUSD said the following schools will be on minimum day schedules Monday through Wednesday:

  • Alcott Elementary
  • Baker Elementary
  • Balboa Elementary
  • Barnard Asian Pacific Language Academy
  • Bay Park Elementary
  • Bird Rock Elementary
  • Birney Elementary
  • Cabrillo Elementary
  • Cadman Elementary
  • Carson Elementary
  • Challenger Middle
  • Chavez Elementary
  • Clairemont High
  • Clark Middle
  • Crown Point
  • Cubberley Elementary
  • Dana Middle
  • Dewey Elementary
  • Dewey CDC
  • Edison Elementary
  • Emerson/Bandini-Bandini
  • Emerson/Bandini-Emerson
  • Euclid Elementary
  • Field Elementary
  • Fletcher Elementary
  • Florence Elementary
  • Florence CDC
  • Hage Elementary
  • Hawthorne Elementary
  • Hawthorne CDC
  • Innovation Middle
  • Jefferson Elementary
  • John Muir K-12
  • Jones Elementary
  • Juarez Elementary
  • Kearny College Connections
  • Kearny Digital Media & Design
  • Kearny Engineering, Innovation & Design
  • Kearny Science, Connect & Technology
  • Kimbrough Elementary
  • La Jolla Elementary
  • La Jolla High
  • Lafayette Elementary
  • Linda Vista Elementary
  • Lindbergh Schweitzer Elementary
  • Logan K-8
  • Longfellow K-8
  • Los Altos CDC
  • Madison High
  • Marcy High
  • Marston Middle
  • McKinley Elementary
  • Memorial Prep Middle
  • Miller CDC
  • Mission Bay High
  • Montgomery Middle
  • Morse High
  • Muirlands Middle
  • Ocean Beach Elementary
  • Ocean Beach CDC
  • Pacific Beach Elementary
  • Pacific Beach Middle
  • Perkins K-8
  • Roosevelt Middle
  • Ross Elementary
  • Ross CDC
  • Rowan Elementary
  • Rowan CDC
  • San Diego Business & Leadership
  • San Diego International Studies
  • San Diego SciTech
  • Sequoia Elementary
  • Sessions Elementary
  • Silver Gate Elementary
  • Sunset View Elementary
  • Taft Middle
  • Toler Elementary
  • Torrey Pines Elementary
  • Twain Main
  • Wangenheim Middle
  • Wegeforth Elementary
  • Whitman Elementary
  • Whittier
  • Wilson Middle

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