October 12, 2018 – The National Weather Service in Sacramento has issued a Fire Weather Watch, which is in effect from late Saturday night through Monday morning for gusty northeast winds and low humidity.

High pressure building into the Great Basin will result in drying north to east winds over interior northern California this weekend. These winds will lower fuel moisture to near or below average, even over areas that had higher levels from rainfall earlier this month.

A Fire Weather Watch means that critical fire weather conditions are forecast to occur. Stay tuned for later forecasts and possible Red Flag Warnings.

* WIND: North to east winds 10 to 20 mph with gusts to 35 mph on the west side of the Sacramento Valley, and gusts to 40 mph over exposed ridges.

* HUMIDITY: Minimum humidity as low as 10 percent with areas of poor humidity recovery to 20 to 25 percent overnight. Drying north to east winds will lower fuel moisture to near or below seasonal averages over the weekend.

* IMPACTS: Any fires that develop will likely spread rapidly.