Fire weather expected to ease later Monday


Several parts of the Bay Area have been included in an expanded Red Flag Warning for most of Thursday, alerting residents of the high fire danger due to forecasted low humidity and gusty off shore winds, National Weather Service officials said Wednesday.

A red flag warning is issued for weather events which may result in extreme fire behavior that will occur within 24 hours.

"All of the Southland is under a Fire Weather Watch, which means we could see come conditions that could easily spark some of those fires, with some gusty winds out of the Northeast", CBS2 Meteorologist Craig Herrera said. Relative humidities of a bare 5 to 10 percent are expected.

Highs in Escondido, Poway and other inland areas will be 86 to 91 on Saturday and 92 to 97 on Sunday.

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Firefighters in Orange County are still working to increase containment of the Canyon Fire 2, which broke out Monday morning in the Anaheim Hills.

Authorities say there's 65 percent containment Friday morning and there was minimal fire behavior overnight.

After sending crews to fight major wildfires in Northern and Southern California, Santa Barbara County agencies are already at maximum draw-down for firefighting resources, according to Mike Eliason, a county Fire Department spokesman. At least 31 people have died - a number that is expected to rise - and thousands of homes have burned.