Wildfire Danger Rises As Temps Spike

Gusty winds, low humidity and spiking heat will bring fire danger to parts of California through the weekend.

The National Weather Service said Friday that temperatures could climb into the 90s around greater Los Angeles and reach 100 across the Central Valley.

Fresno County crews are contending with hot, dry conditions as they battle a wind-driven wildfire that threatened structures near Coalinga.

In Los Angeles County, firefighters battled small blazes churning through dry brush in Malibu and Santa Clarita.

Officials say a rare reappearance of Santa Ana winds is raising the risk of wildfires across Southern California.

To the north, the Bay Area too will see a sunny start to the weekend. Temperatures will soar to the upper 80s and mid-90s inland. The coast, however, will remain cooler in the 60s and 70s.

Statewide, the hottest weather is expected on Saturday and temperatures will cool off again at the beginning of next week.

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