SACRAMENTO, CA - Red Flag Warnings will be in effect across much of California over the next few days.
The National Weather Service has issued five separate Red Flag Warnings and Fire Weather Watches due to gusty winds and low humidity from parts of Northeastern California in Modoc and Lassen Counties, to the Sacramento Valley, the Bay Area, parts of Kern County and Southern California.
"Conditions are at their driest. Now we're going to have some strong gusty winds, low humidity," Cal Fire spokesman Daniel Berlant said. "That combination really allows for the fire potential to increase significantly."
Extremely dry fuel near the season's end sparks easily and burns furiously when fed by steady winds. Some of the state's worst fires have happened in the month of October.
California's worst wildfire, the Cedar Fire, roared into life in late October. Known as the "Firestorm of 2003," it quickly overwhelmed firefighters, killing 15 people. The wildfire was swept by Santa Ana winds and eventually destroyed nearly 3,000 buildings and burned almost 300,000 acres.
The Oakland Hills fire in October of 1991, quickly became a suburban firestorm that took 25 lives and destroyed over 3,300 homes.
Cal Fire is asking drivers towing boats to be sure their safety chains are not hitting the ground and making sparks. Drivers are also asked never to park vehicles over dry grass. Dry areas of grass should not be mowed and gun enthusiasts are asked not to shoot, except in designated areas.