Southern California Braces as Santa Ana Winds Surge, Prompting Fire Weather Watch Across Inland Empire

Southern California Braces as Santa Ana Winds Surge, Prompting Fire Weather Watch Across Inland EmpireSource: NWS San Diego
Kamal Jenkins
Published on December 09, 2023

As the Santa Ana winds reach their zenith this weekend, Southern California is on edge with reports of gusts surpassing 60 mph. The National Weather Service San Diego has issued a series of peak wind gusts, with CSU San Bernardino recording a fierce 61 mph, according to a post from their official account.

With these conditions, the authorities have placed the region on a heightened Fire Weather Watch, expecting humidity levels to nosedive to a critical 10 to 15 percent later Saturday and an even more perilous 7 to 10 percent by Sunday. As the winds continue in their relentless intensity and, although weakening into Sunday, concerns for potential wildfires in the drought-stricken landscape persist.

A serious alarm has been raised in the Inland Empire due to the Santa Ana winds, reminiscent of historic wildfires they have fueled. The National Weather Service has issued a weekend-long warning, causing concern for many of the Inland Empire. Residents are advised to brace themselves for an uneasy wait for relief, according to Hoodline.

The tale the winds tell is not just of speed, where Marshall Peak led with a 65 MPH gust as captured by weather reports, but of the severe risk they impose, with residents advised to remain vigilant, clear flammable materials, and ensure space around properties.