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Critical Fire Weather Warning Issued for the North Bay

Despite the rain last Saturday, the National Weather Service warns that several days of "critical fire danger" loom ahead for the North Bay and East Bay hills because of strong winds, low humidity and dry conditions.

The Morgan Fire on Mount Diablo started Sept. 8, 2013 and burned more than 3,000 acres over the next several days. Photo credit: Douglas Macy
The Morgan Fire on Mount Diablo started Sept. 8, 2013 and burned more than 3,000 acres over the next several days. Photo credit: Douglas Macy
By Charles Burress 

The National Weather Service has issued a "critical fire weather" warning for the North Bay beginning Wednesday night.

"Critical Fire Weather Conditions are expected to develop across the area over the next several days," the agency said in a statement. The warning applies also to the East Bay hills.

"Strong and gusty northerly winds will combine with falling relative humidity in an offshore flow to produce critical fire weather conditions," the National Weather Service said.

"Despite the rainfall of the past weekend," the agency said, "there have been several days of sunny and dry weather which have contributed to drying out the fuels available to burn."

In a related warning, the Weather Service declared a "hazardous weather watch" above 1,000 feet from 11 p.m. Wednesday through 3 p.m. Friday.

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