Hot air increases wildfire risk in Northern California this week


Northern California forecast and heat wave: What to know, cooling centers, possible outages, health hazards

Temperatures will rise to triple digits again today, and it will stay here for some time. At least that's what we're forecasting. We're at the beginning of a severe heat wave that will not only raise temperatures, but also increase fire danger. As we get closer to the July 4th holiday, firefighters are preparing for the worst and they're organizing their resources. They've been busy this past weekend. The fire burning on the American River Parkway got close to the westbound business lanes of 80. You can see the flames in the dry brush. The Sacramento firefighters were getting assistance from Metro Fire's helicopter, who were dropping water on it, dropping water on those flames from above, because that fire even stopped traffic for a period of time. We heard from firefighters about conditions that contribute to the fire at this time. Our concern is that this vegetation is very dry. It's ready to burn. It's also very tall. We don't usually see brush this tall here. Now, both Sacramento Fire and Sacramento Fire told KCRA Three that they are prepared for this week and plan to have additional resources on standby in case someone is caught red-handed due to the heat and fire caused by fireworks. Sacramento Fire is reminding everyone that lighting illegal fireworks can result in a hefty fine, starting at $1,000. It's also a huge fire hazard. You can report illegal fireworks in Sacramento by calling the non-emergency fire number at the bottom of your screen. You can also report them through the fire department's app which is available for Android and Apple phones. And now let's turn to our KCRA Three weather. As we talk about today's hot weather, today is an impact day because of this expected heat wave. And here's a live view of downtown Sacramento from our Sacramento Sky camera. The hot weather is also affecting people in many different ways. Let's ask Meteorologist Kelly Kern how hot you think it's going to be today Kelly. The weather will be hot today, but it's going to get even hotter as the week goes on. As you said, today is the day in effect. But we're also getting ready for a red flag warning, which will actually start tonight and continue through Wednesday. And as I said, temperatures are going to get even hotter during the afternoon, 90 degrees in Sacramento, 92 degrees in Modesto, 95 degrees in Yuba City. Even near Lake Tahoe, temperatures are going to be in the low 70s. And Fairfield, you're coming in with 87 degrees right now with a wind chill. No major issues. But tonight these winds are going to get very strong out of the north. And we're going to, so we're going to be facing a fire danger or a red flag warning as we move through the rest of this afternoon, with a high today of 103 degrees. But wait until you see the seven-day forecast to see how hot it's going to be. I think it's going to be in just a few minutes. All right. Thank you. And this hot weather is also leading to some health concerns. KCRA Three's Erin Heft has more on things you can do to stay safe in the heat. Reporting from outside one of the many cooling centers that are opening up throughout our area. But besides finding a cool place, there are a few things you can keep in mind to stay safe as these hot days approach. According to CDC research, the best way to stay cool and healthy during heat waves is to wear loose clothing, stay indoors or in the shade as much as possible. Limit outdoor activities, including exercise. It's also important to stay hydrated by keeping your kids and pets hydrated. Don't forget to wear sunscreen! And if you're having trouble staying cool in your home, the CDC recommends taking a cool shower or a cold bath. People most affected by heat-related illnesses are infants and children. Adults over the age of 65, overweight people, people who work and exercise outdoors, people with heart disease or high blood pressure, or people taking certain medications for depression or anxiety, insomnia or poor blood circulation can head back here to Auburn Boulevard, although they also say from the CDC just find a cool place, whether it's the cooling center behind me or the Library Mall movie theater, the goal is to stay cool and safe on these triple-digit temperature days. Next. Back to you, and here's a look at some of the cooling centers that are open in Sacramento County. The places you're seeing on your screen, the Auburn Boulevard Outreach and Engagement Center is now open and will remain open until next Monday. Also, they allow pets. There's also the Sam and Bonnie Parnell Community Center on Meadowview Road and north, there's an emergency shelter to the north. Sacramento County also has additional centers in Citrus Heights, Rancho Cordova, Elk Grove and Galt. In addition, four centers are opening in Yolo County, as well as four in Stockton and several others in Turlock and Stanislaus Counties. So make sure you scan this QR code that appears on the screen right now with your phone's camera, and it will take you to a list of all local cooling centers including their hours and addresses. You can also find a flyer for free rides to SAC City and County Centers at SAC. RT. PG, and E says thousands of customers will lose power this week as fire danger increases. Its public safety power shutoffs will affect about 12,000 customers and parts of eight counties, and include a total of 300 customers in rural parts of Yolo and Solano Counties. The concern is that winds could cause tree branches or debris to strike power lines and start a fire. PG E's outage map shows shutoffs could begin as early as 230 a.m. Tuesday.

Northern California forecast and heat wave: What to know, cooling centers, possible outages, health hazards

Monday will mark the start of a heat wave in Northern California, increasing the risk of wildfires amid extreme heat and hot winds. KCRA 3 has called Monday an impact day due to temperatures above 100 degrees. Another thing to watch out for is the north wind, which is expected to increase the risk of wildfires. This heat can also pose health risks for those who stay outdoors for too long without proper cooling. Find a list of cooling centers here. Here's where public pools are to cool off. Do you want to go to a water park? Here's a list of locations. Here's how to know the difference between sunburn, heat cramps, heat exhaustion and heatstroke. From Tuesday through Saturday, KCRA 3 is marking those days as Alert Days because temperatures are well above average and the risk of wildfires is high. The National Weather Service is also issuing a Red Flag Warning from 11 p.m. Monday through Wednesday. Wind gusts of up to 30 mph are expected. In response, Pacific Gas & Electric Co. has notified thousands of its customers that it will shut off power in areas where its downed power lines could cause wildfires. The utility calls these planned cuts Public Power Safety Shutoffs. Berg said it's likely the heat wave will last for the next seven days. See our Fire Danger Index below. | MORE | A 2024 guide to how to prepare for wildfires in California You can sign up here to receive text messages for Cal Fire updates on wildfires occurring near your zip code. Wildfires on federal lands: Federal wildfire events are tracked here. Preparing for power outages: Ready.gov explains here how to prepare for power outages and what to do when coming back from a power outage. Here's how to track and report PG&E power outages. Stay informed when you lose power and cellphone service: How to find a National Weather Service radio station near you. Be prepared for road closures: Download Caltrans' QuickMap app or see the latest QuickMap road conditions here. Real-time traffic map Click here to see our interactive traffic map. Track interactive, Doppler radar Click here to see our interactive radar. Download our app for the latest Here you can download our app. Follow our KCRA weather team on social media Meteorologist Tamara Berg on Facebook and X. Meteorologist Dirk Verdoorn on Facebook Meteorologist/climate reporter Heather Waldman on Facebook and X. Meteorologist Kelly Curran on X. Watch our forecast on TV or online Here's where our latest video forecast is. You can also watch a livestream of our latest newscast here. The banner on our website turns red when we go live. We're also streaming on the Very Local app for Roku, Apple TV or Amazon Fire TV.

A heat wave begins in Northern California on Monday, bringing intense heat and hot winds that will increase the likelihood of wildfires.

KCRA 3 has declared Monday an impact day due to temperatures above 100 degrees. Another thing to watch out for is the north wind, which is expected to increase wildfire danger. The heat can also pose health risks for those who stay outside too long without proper cooling.

Meteorologist Tamara Berg said temperatures would continue to rise for the rest of the week.

From Tuesday through Saturday, KCRA 3 is marking those days as Alert Days because temperatures are well above average and the risk for wildfires is high.

Hot air increases wildfire risk in Northern California this week

The National Weather Service has also issued a red flag warning from 11pm Monday night until Wednesday. Winds up to 30 mph are expected.

In response, Pacific Gas & Electric Co. has notified thousands of its customers that it will shut off power in areas where its downed power lines could spark wildfires. The utility calls these planned outages Public Power Safety Shutoffs.

Berg said it's likely the heat wave will continue for the next seven days. See our Fire Danger Index below.

| more | A guide to preparing for wildfires in California in 2024

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