High winds bring increased fire danger to Glass Fire area

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SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. (KRON) – As the Glass Fire continues to burn across Napa and Sonoma counties, the National Weather Service has issued a Red Flag Warning for the North Bay Mountains and areas near where the fire is currently burning.

The Red Flag Warning goes into effect Thursday at 1 p.m. through 6 p.m. Friday.

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Due to expected high winds, this brings an increased fire danger set to return to the area.

If you live in the areas near/around the fire, you must be prepared to get out as the wind changes its direction

The area got a break Wednesday with some relatively calm winds, but that is going to change as high pressure builds in to the area.

Gusts between 15 to 25 mph are possible, with humidity going way down between 15 and 25%.

This means conditions will be very dry and almost desert-like by Thursday afternoon when the Red Flag Warning goes into effect.

The peak of the gusts is expected Thursday evening, between 6 p.m. and 10 to 11 p.m.

Future wind gusts in areas hit hard by the fire including Angwin and St. Helena are predicted to range between 12 and 13 mph.

Areas south of the fire, like Glen Ellen and Rutherford remain a concern as the fire may move in that direction due to the shift in winds.

After that, the winds are expected to subside.

At last check, the Glass Fire has burned 48,440 acres and remains 2% contained.

A Heat Advisory has been issued for Thursday between 11 a.m. and 8 p.m.

According to the National Weather Service, temperatures will be between 15 and 25 degrees above average, with afternoon highs in the low 90s to low 100s inland.

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