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Cooler temperatures expected in Bay Area; fire danger remains – Times-Herald

The week-long interval that has seen temperatures in the bay area steadily rise in the 90s is likely to focus on several cooler days, the National Weather Service said, which will last the holiday weekend of July 4th.

Along with that news came a reminder: Now is not the time to stop being careful with fire safety.

“It’s going to be cooler, so there doesn’t seem to be so much to worry about in terms of fire conditions,” meteorologist Dalton Behringer said Tuesday. “Don’t be fooled by cooler conditions.”

In fact, firefighters continued to put up warnings as the holiday season approached. They set an example a year ago: on July 4, 2021, temperatures rose above the mid-80s, but fireworks caused a three-alarm warehouse fire and the Contra Costa Fire Protection team responded to 53 fires.

This year, holiday temperatures may not rise above 81 degrees in the hottest places in the region, and are expected to be closer to the coast in the 60s. The wind is expected to blow about 15 miles per hour, depending on the weather service.

“If it’s five degrees cooler, that’s a little help we want,” Cal Fire Assistant Chief Dwight Good said. “It’s pretty dry out there. Temperature is just a piece of the bigger puzzle. ”

On Tuesday, temperatures were expected to remain warm throughout the inland East Bay and Santa Clara Valley. Brentwood was expected to be the hottest spot at 97 degrees, and Concord and Livermore were expected to reach 93 degrees.

Cooling had already begun near South Bay, where Hollister had a 91-year forecast on Tuesday, and San Jose was expected to turn 83. Thermometers were expected to reach 80 in San Rafael, 76 in Oakland and 68 in San Francisco.

By Wednesday, it was expected to drop dramatically. At Concord, which had very high temperatures in the 90s last week, the high forecast was expected to be 83. San Jose was not expected to go over 78.

“It’s great news because it gives us a little bit of breathing space,” said Heather Mozdean, deputy chief of operations for the Oakland Fire Department. “However, with fireworks there is always a chance. It can still happen. The fuels are still dry, the spring has been dry. Not looking at the conditions of the red flags gives us peace of mind, but we know we can’t lower our guard. ‘

Cooling is the result of changing systems, depending on the weather service.

“We’re approaching a trough that will be approaching as the weekend draws to a close,” Behringer said. “The high pressure that caused our high temperatures has started to move inland.”

The low-pressure wells in the Pacific Northwest could bring “a little drizzle” to some coastal cities, Behringer said.

Any precipitation would be welcome by the fire brigade, which was fleeing from there from fire to fire in the heat wave of the last week. On Tuesday morning, Cal Fire showed two major events that were still active. Redwood sua It burned 113 acres in Marin County and was 75 percent closed since Monday night, and the Alameda County Canyon fire burned 95 acres in 95 percent.

On Monday, groups from Contra Costa County a Vegetation fire near Hercules in five acres. The fire forced the roads to be closed to Interstate 80 and Highway 4 and caused evacuation by nearby people.

Three days earlier, the crews a A 121-acre fire off the Kirker Pass roadan important bypass that connects Contra Costa County to the center and east.

Firefighters extinguished Tesla Fire (500 acres) south of Livermore and Scenic Fire (120 acres) in Port Costa over the weekend.

Writer Junyao Yang contributed to this story. Please check for updates again.

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