Critical Fire Weather Returns Tonight
Friday, November 16th (7:00 AM)
Camp Fire Weather Update:
Ridges and canyons in the vicinity of the Camp Fire are notorious for gusty winds year round. The Jarbo Gap area and Feather River Canyons will continue to see gusty downsloping winds in the nights and overnights. Winds tend to slacken in the afternoon hours but repeat the process in the evenings. Another round of strong downsloping winds will begin for the Camp Fire Saturday night and into Sunday. We will also see low humidity and poor overnight recovery during this event for the Camp Fire. Due to these conditions the National Weather Service has issued a Red Flag Warning which goes into effect at 10:00 pm Saturday.
Current Conditions (7:00 AM):
Wind: NE 8 mph
Gusts: 10 mph
Chilly mornings will continue for the Northstate thanks to the very dry air and partly to mostly clear skies overnight.
Smoke continues to spread through the entire valley and into portions of the higher elevations. The low sun angle this time of the year limits mixing and the ability for skies to clear throughout the day. The winds may pick up just enough in Redding and Red Bluff for the smoke to mix out on Saturday but Chico will still be fed smoke from the Camp Fire through the weekend and probably into next week. Click HERE for the latest Air Quality Index.
The temperatures in Chico have been in the mid to upper 50s the last few days due to smoky conditions. This is not expected to change much through the first half of the weekend if not longer. The temperatures in Redding are not being impacted as much by the smoke with highs in expected to be in the upper 60s and low 70s through early next week.
There is now high confidence that significant widespread rain will arrive Wednesday and last into Thanksgiving weekend. This will of course put the Camp Fire out, wet unburned fuels but will increase the threat of slides and debris flows. Something we will continue to watch closely. Snow levels may also fall to or below mountain pass levels by Thursday which would impact Thanksgiving travel.
Today's Record Temperatures