The weather forecast for this week predicts strong winds across California. Santa Anas and sundowners could potentially cause fires and power shutoffs.
Strong Offshore Winds Could Fuel Existing Fires and Cause New Ones
Stormy winds from the North are going to arrive beginning Thursday to the area between Los Angeles and Solano counties. The officials say that they will increase fire hazards because the area has extremely dry vegetation and low air humidity.
The winds could start new fires and fuel the blaze in Santa Barbara County, which expanded to more than 14,000 acres in two days. Gusts could increase to 40 mph, as reported by the NWS.
Power Shutoffs Were Announced to Reduce the Risks of Secondary Fires
Pacific Gas & Electric announced potential power shutoffs for 16,000 customers in 12 counties and three tribal regions. Fire safety statistics show that power supply can suffer substantial damages from fires, and shutoffs are a way to prevent that from happening.
The strong winds and fires can also cause power supply voltage variations in the areas that will not be affected by the planned power supply interruption. Voltage variations could cause sparks in domestic appliances or home power installations. That’s why the residents are advised to invest in good smoke detectors or check the existing ones.