Strong Winds Raising Threats of Wildfires in San Diego
Strong Santa Ana winds are expected to start on Tuesday night and continue through Thursday evening.
The National Weather Service has issued a red flag warning will be in effect Tuesday 6 p.m. through Thursday 11 p.m. in San Diego County's mountain and valleys.
The wind gusts could reach the strongest this season thus far - 55mph in the valleys and 75mph near the mountain ridge tops. Strong winds combined with very low humidity, as low as 5%, could pose a threat of wildfires.
Officials warned that these strong winds could blow down trees and power lines. SDG&E may be considering precautionary power outages as an effort to lower the chance of power lines sparking wildfires.
Areas that could be affected by the precautionary power shutoffs include Alpine, Boulevard, Campo, Descanso, Dulzura, portions of El Cajon, portions of Encinitas, portions of Escondido, Jacumba, portions of Jamul, Julian, portions of Lakeside, Mount Laguna, Pala, Palomar Mountain, Pauma Valley, Pine Valley, Potrero, Poway, Ramona, Ranchita, portions of Rancho Santa Fe, portions of San Clemente, portions of San Juan Capistrano, Santa Ysabel, portions of Valley Center and Warner Springs.