Fire danger high |

Fire danger high

The first day of fall was Wednesday, but Nevada County residents will swelter through at least one more bout of high temperatures before the year is out.

And that means especially hazardous conditions for larger fires.

A strong high pressure system is forecast to build westward across Northern California, resulting in unseasonably warm daytime temperatures up into the lower 100s in the lower elevations, according to the National Weather Service. The warmest days are expected to be today and Tuesday with a high of 93 degrees in Grass Valley and 96 degrees in Penn Valley today, the weather service said.

“This is the most critical time of year, when things are extra-dry and ready to burn, and when wind events start,” said Nevada County Consolidated Fire Battalion Chief David Ray. “The combination of hot and dry weather, tinder-dry fuels, and wind certainly is a recipe for disaster. People need to be extra-cautious from now until it rains.”

A modest cooling trend is expected later in the week, but above-normal temperatures might continue into next weekend.

The high Wednesday is expected to be near 91 degrees, cooling to the high 80s by Thursday and the low 80s by Saturday.

To contact Staff Writer Liz Kellar, e-mail or call (530) 477-4229.

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