But the weather service’s overall message remains unchanged: Orange County, which is in severe drought, will experience a sustained heat wave that could raise inland temperatures to 105 degrees and drop the relative humidity into the teens. Add that to the dry, offshore winds and you have an elevated risk of wildfires in a county that hasn’t gotten a full inch of rain from a single storm since mid-December.
The weather service says, “A change gets underway Monday as a strong high pressure ridge heads into Oregon and expands throughout the west. Upper low pressure to the east will produce a weak offshore flow starting Monday night. That will bring very dry conditions to all areas except the immediate coast Tuesday and Wednesday.
“It will also produce local offshore breezes where top gusts could exceed 35 mph Tuesday and Wednesday mornings. Temperatures will increase Monday and soar Tuesday with readings approaching 100 not far from the coast because of the offshore flow. Of course all this will elevate the fire potential. But luckily the winds will not be strong. The ridge will weaken a little Wednesday or Thursday or Friday.”
A red flag warning has already been issued for portions of Los Angeles and Ventura counties. The warning goes into affect at midnight Monday and will last until sometime Wednesday. A warning for Orange County is expected on Monday.
A new fire has just started today in Temecula, which is closer to us…. Riverside County. Then I saw this..
Fire extinguished at Naval Weapons Station
The majority of the fire was extinguished after crews turned off gas flowing to a broken valve at the station, which is in the middle of the base’s National Wildlife Refuge on Oil Island, officials said. The pump facility is owned and operated by Breitburn Energy Partners of Los Angeles, which also has drilling facilities in Fullerton and Brea.
The fire, which started about 1:20 p.m., caused crews to temporarily shut down Pacific Coast Highway in both directions near Seal Beach Boulevard as a staging ground for firefighting equipment, Orange County Fire Authority spokesman Greg McKeown said. All lanes are now reported open.
The fire is not near the base’s weapons or ammunition, base spokesman Gregg Smith said.
Animals on the 6-acre island were not in danger, Smith said. The 1,000-acre refuge supports endangered birds such as the light-footed clapper rail and the California least tern, he said.
Seven engines and two trucks responded to the fires and no injuries were reported, McKeown said.