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Northern California heat wave this week increases wildfire risk


Monday marks the start of a heat wave in Northern California, one that will increase the chances of wildfires happening amid sweltering heat and warm winds.KCRA 3 is calling Monday an Impact Day because of temperatures above 100 degrees. Another thing to look out for is a north wind, which is expected to increase the risk of wildfires. The heat could also pose health risks for those who are exposed for too long without proper cooling.Find a list of cooling centers here.Here is where to find public pools to cool off.Want to visit a water park? Here’s a list of locations.Here’s how to know the differences between sunburns, heat cramps, heat exhaustion and heatstroke. How to keep your pets safe amid hot summer temperatures Meteorologist Tamara Berg said temperatures will only continue to rise for the rest of the week. From Tuesday to Sunday, KCRA 3 is labeling those days as Alert Days because of the temperatures well above average and the high wildfire risk.The National Weather is also issuing a red flag warning from Monday at 11 p.m. through Wednesday. Wind gusts as strong as 30 mph are expected.In response, Pacific Gas & Electric Co. has notified thousands of its customers that it will shut off power in areas where its live electric lines could cause wildfires. The utility calls these planned outages Public Power Safety shutoffs.Sacramento Regional Transit said days of extreme heat can have a significant strain on light rail infrastructure and trains will operate at reduced speed. Meteorologist Heather Waldman said that overnight lows won’t provide much relief throughout the region. (See more in the video below.)Berg said it is likely the heat wave will last through the next seven days. See our Fire Threat Index below. | MORE | A 2024 guide for how to prepare for wildfires in CaliforniaHere are key websites that are important for all Californians during wildfire season.Cal Fire wildfire incidents: Cal Fire tracks its wildfire incidents here. You can sign up to receive text messages for Cal Fire updates on wildfires happening near your ZIP code here.Wildfires on federal land: Federal wildfire incidents are tracked here.Preparing for power outages: Ready.gov explains how to prepare for a power outage and what to do when returning from one here. Here is how to track and report PG&E power outages.Keeping informed when you’ve lost power and cellphone service: How to find a National Weather Service radio station near you.Be prepared for road closures: Download Caltrans’ QuickMap app or check the latest QuickMap road conditions here.REAL-TIME TRAFFIC MAPClick here to see our interactive traffic map.TRACK INTERACTIVE, DOPPLER RADARClick here to see our interactive radar.DOWNLOAD OUR APP FOR THE LATESTHere is where you can download our app.Follow our KCRA weather team on social mediaMeteorologist Tamara Berg on Facebook and X.Meteorologist Dirk Verdoorn on FacebookMeteorologist/Climate Reporter Heather Waldman on Facebook and X.Meteorologist Kelly Curran on X.Watch our forecasts on TV or onlineHere’s where to find our latest video forecast. You can also watch a livestream of our latest newscast here. The banner on our website turns red when we’re live.We’re also streaming on the Very Local app for Roku, Apple TV or Amazon Fire TV.

Monday marks the start of a heat wave in Northern California, one that will increase the chances of wildfires happening amid sweltering heat and warm winds.

KCRA 3 is calling Monday an Impact Day because of temperatures above 100 degrees. Another thing to look out for is a north wind, which is expected to increase the risk of wildfires. The heat could also pose health risks for those who are exposed for too long without proper cooling.

Meteorologist Tamara Berg said temperatures will only continue to rise for the rest of the week.

From Tuesday to Sunday, KCRA 3 is labeling those days as Alert Days because of the temperatures well above average and the high wildfire risk.

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The National Weather is also issuing a red flag warning from Monday at 11 p.m. through Wednesday. Wind gusts as strong as 30 mph are expected.

In response, Pacific Gas & Electric Co. has notified thousands of its customers that it will shut off power in areas where its live electric lines could cause wildfires. The utility calls these planned outages Public Power Safety shutoffs.

Sacramento Regional Transit said days of extreme heat can have a significant strain on light rail infrastructure and trains will operate at reduced speed.

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Meteorologist Heather Waldman said that overnight lows won’t provide much relief throughout the region. (See more in the video below.)

Berg said it is likely the heat wave will last through the next seven days. See our Fire Threat Index below.

| MORE | A 2024 guide for how to prepare for wildfires in California

Here are key websites that are important for all Californians during wildfire season.

REAL-TIME TRAFFIC MAP

Click here to see our interactive traffic map.

TRACK INTERACTIVE, DOPPLER RADAR

Click here to see our interactive radar.

DOWNLOAD OUR APP FOR THE LATEST

Here is where you can download our app.

Follow our KCRA weather team on social media

  • Meteorologist Tamara Berg on Facebook and X.
  • Meteorologist Dirk Verdoorn on Facebook
  • Meteorologist/Climate Reporter Heather Waldman on Facebook and X.
  • Meteorologist Kelly Curran on X.

Watch our forecasts on TV or online

Here’s where to find our latest video forecast. You can also watch a livestream of our latest newscast here. The banner on our website turns red when we’re live.

We’re also streaming on the Very Local app for Roku, Apple TV or Amazon Fire TV.





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