“Marginal” Wildfire Risk Expected with Santa Anas Thursday

Santa Ana conditions will be weak, according to the National Weather Service, but Cal Fire still lists an increased risk of a damaging wildfire

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Santa Ana conditions expected for Southern Califonria this week will be weak, according to the National Weather Service, but Cal Fire still lists an increased risk of a damaging wildfire 

High pressure will build on Thursday, strengthen on Friday and peak on Saturday.

As a result, San Diego will experience another round of hot weather with temperatures reaching into the upper 90s for the inland valleys and mile to upper 80s along the coast by the end of the week.

Santa Anas are expected each morning but the weather service says it will be a weak event, with winds of just 15 mph to 25 mph.

Forecasters say they'll keep a close eye on the winds in case they increase.

A new online tool provided by the U.S. Forest Service, SDG&E and UCLA suggests the risk of a wildfire from this Santa Ana wind event will be marginal in San Diego on Thursday.

The Santa Ana Wildfire Threat Index, a classification system that analyzes the fire threat potential of the powerful Santa Ana winds, was rolled out in September to help homeowners and fire officials prepare.

San Diego County officials urge residents to download the free emergency smart phone application SDEmergency and follow three key steps.

GET READY: Do your 100-foot defensible space in advance
GET SET: Have an emergency plan. Pack your car when Santa Anas arrive.
GO: When told to leave, leave.

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