Fire weather watch issued for East Bay hills, North Bay mountains


The National Weather Service has issued a fire weather watch for parts of the Bay Area starting Sunday as high winds and low humidity loom.

Stretching from north of Santa Rosa down to Gilroy, the weather service expects wind gusts up to 30-40 mph to wash over the region from Sunday through Tuesday evening — increasing the chance that sparks could rapidly grow into dangerous wildfires.

Known as an “inside slider” because it originates over land, not water, the weather system will bring little to no moisture to the Bay Area, meteorologist Cynthia Palmer said. Monday could bring the highest winds, with a second peak expected early Tuesday morning.

Although higher-elevation areas are under the greatest threat, the entirety of the North and East Bay mountains and hills, including the Diablo Range and East Bay valleys, could be affected, Palmer said.

There’s a LOT of active weatherat play for both our inland and sea environments the next few days. And it may feel a little overwhelming at times.

Thankfully, you’ll find the latest on all our hazards by visiting #BayAreaWeather #CaFire #Marine

— NWS Bay Area (@NWSBayArea) October 9, 2021

Palmer urged residents to closely abide by forest and campground regulations and avoid activities known to cause sparks, such as lawn-mowing or towing.

“Just be very cognizant of one less spark, whatever you’re doing,” Palmer said.

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