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Critical Fire Weather Warning for East Bay Hills

Despite the rain last Saturday, the National Weather Service warns that several days of "critical fire danger" loom ahead for the East Bay hills.

The Morgan Fire on Mount Diablo started Sept. 8, 2013 and burned more than 3,000 acres over the next several days. Credit: Douglas Macy
The Morgan Fire on Mount Diablo started Sept. 8, 2013 and burned more than 3,000 acres over the next several days. Credit: Douglas Macy
Written by Charles Burress

The National Weather Service on Tuesday issued a "critical fire weather" warning for the East Bay hills beginning Wednesday night.

"Critical Fire Weather Conditions are expected to develop across the area over the next several days," the agency said in a statement. The warning applies also to the North Bay hills.

"Strong and gusty northerly winds will combine with falling relative humidity in an offshore flow to produce critical fire weather conditions," the Weather Service said.

"Despite the rainfall of the past weekend," the agency said, "there have been several days of sunny and dry weather which have contributed to drying out the fuels available to burn."

In a related warning, the Weather Service declared a "hazardous weather watch" above 1,000 feet from 11 p.m. Wednesday through 3 p.m. Friday.

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