[Editor’s Note: This was submitted by CAL FIRE]
Over 5,000 firefighters are on the frontlines of the 10 major wildfires burning in California. While many of these fires are in remote areas, several fires have forced hundreds of residents to evacuate.While firefighters are making good progress, weather conditions could pose a challenge in the coming days as gusty winds and dry lightning are forecasted.
The National Weather Service has issued a Red Flag Warning due to the possibility of dry lightning in combination with gusty winds for many of the coastal counties from Mendocino down to Monterey.
The warning goes into effect Monday at midnight and is expected to last through Wednesday.
A Fire Weather Watch for lightning has also been issued starting Monday morning for most of the mountains and foothills of Northern California. The thunderstorms are expected to initially be dry, which will heighten the fire danger, but should begin to bring some rainfall by midweek. For more information on the Warnings visit CAL FIRE online.