Strong Santa Ana winds to pick up Monday morning, ushering in fire risk

Posted: 7:25 AM, Oct 14, 2018
Updated: 2018-10-14 14:52:38Z

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) -- A strong Santa Ana wind event starting Monday will bring dry, windy conditions to San Diego County, ushering in a risk for rapidly-growing fires.

A red flag warning begins Monday Morning at 3 a.m. and continues through 8 p.m. Tuesday.

According to the National Weather Service , strong, gusty winds will follow low humidity for the mountains, inland valleys and Orange County.

Early Monday morning, humidity will begin decreasing rapidly to only five to 10 percent. The low humidity will be followed by steady northeast and east winds between 20 and 40 miles per hour with gusts up to 60 miles per hour.

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Fuels will dry quickly Monday, increasing fire threat Monday night and Tuesday. Winds will gradually decrease Tuesday night into Wednesday.

Check out the list and graphic below for a list of fire prevention tips from

Equipment Use Fire Prevention

  • Mow before 10 a.m., but never when it’s windy or excessively dry. Lawn mowers are designed to mow lawns, not weeds or dry grass.
  • Metal blades striking rocks can create sparks and start fires. Use caution.
  • In wildland areas, spark arresters are required on all portable gasoline-powered equipment. This includes tractors, harvesters, chainsaws, weedeaters and mowers.
  • In wildland areas, grinding and welding operations require a permit and 10 feet of clearance. Keep a shovel and a fire extinguisher ready to use.