“Winds are the primary force behind fire growth
. … Strong down-sloping winds will continue to impact fire behavior over the next several evenings
,” fire officials said Thursday in an update
More than eight million people in the Santa Barbara-area under a red flag warning, which is activated when there is an elevated weather threat for wildfires to spark, CNN meteorologist Robert Shackelford said Friday.
, which is in effect through Saturday night
, is triggered by the Santa Ana winds that will bring warm and dry air early Friday morning before peaking during the late morning and early afternoon hours
, Shackelford predicted
. Those gusts are expected to be in between
35 과 45 mph, with local gusts up to
“Combined with warm temperatures between 80 과 90 degrees and very dry relative humidifies between 6% 과 12%, sparks can lead to quick fires. 또한, these conditions are difficult for firefighters currently fighting the Alisal Fire,” Shackelford said.
California is experiencing a devastating wildfire season that has been exacerbated by the climate crisis, which is creating ideal weather conditions for fires to spark and quickly expand.
The Alisal Fire has grown to
16,801 acres since it was ignited Monday about
20 miles northwest of Santa Barbara in Refugio Canyon
, and its containment is at
5%, 에 따르면 InciWeb, the US clearinghouse for fire information
이번주 초, the fire’s threat forced partial closure of Highway
101 and Amtrak rail lines in Santa Barbara County
, but those pathways reopened Thursday
, county officials
그 동안에, additional evacuation orders were issued for the area west of Arroyo Hondo to the intersection of Highway 101 and Highway 1, 현지 관계자에 따르면.
게다가, an air quality watch issued by the Santa Barbara County Public Health Department.
“Smoke and ash from the Alisal Fire is affecting air quality, and winds in the forecast are expected to push more smoke onshore. This is a dynamic situation, and local air quality conditions can change quickly,” officials said in an update.