Fire Weather Watch
updated: Oct 02, 2013, 3:04 PM
Source: Santa Barbara County Fire Department
The National Weather Service has issued a Fire Weather Watch for the California
Central Coast including the Santa Barbara front country and mountains. During
this time, temperatures and winds are expected to increase and relative humidity
is expected to decrease. A Red Flag Warning may develop as a result of the
predicted weather pattern.
Fire Weather Watch Duration: 9 pm Friday October 4th through 6 pm Sunday October
A strong offshore flow is predicted to produce winds of 15 to 25 mph with gusts
to 35 mph. The predicted relative humidity is expected to be in the single
The combination of very low relative humidity and gusty offshore winds will
bring a significant threat of critical fire weather to the area. Extremely dry
fuel conditions already in place would allow for rapid fire growth potential
during this wind event.
Fire Weather Watches are typically issued 12 to 72 hours in advance of potential
critical fire weather conditions.
During this time, the Santa Barbara County Fire Department will evaluate the
need for increased staffing levels.
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