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85-mph winds that threaten to spark fires are expected in Northern California, forcing the biggest evacuation in Sonoma County in a quarter-centuryThe Sonoma County Sheriff’s Office called the evacuations the biggest in the county in more than a quarter-century.
Finally, some good weather news for California.
The pattern responsible for the recent strong wind events in California is forecast to end soon, according to AccuWeather meteorologist Alex Sosnowski.
This includes both the infamous Santa Ana winds in southern California and the Diablo winds in northern California, both of which have exacerbated wildfires across the state.
Friday could be the last very windy day for a while in southern California: "Santa Ana winds will continue to diminish gradually on Friday, with wind gusts generally ranging between 25 and 35 mph across the mountains of Los Angeles," the National Weather Service said Friday.
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In general, these strong wind events are courtesy of large high-pressure areas that park themselves over the interior West. Warm, dry winds blow from the high-pressure areas down toward the Pacific Ocean.
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It is these high winds – along with the dry air, dry brush and urban sprawl – that contribute to California wildfires.
A fire department helicopter drops water on the smoking trees and ground of a valley caused by the 46 Fire near Riverside, East of Los Angeles, on Oct. 31.
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Firefighters battled destructive wildfires north of San Francisco and in western neighborhoods of Los Angeles on Monday, trying to beat back flames that forced thousands to flee their homes. Easing winds offered a chance of improved conditions for firefighters trying to control a huge fire in Sonoma County wine country north of San Francisco, but forecasters warned that another round of strong wind gusts could hit the area on Tuesday.
A volunteer cuddles and plays with dogs to calm them down at the 'Mary S. Roberts Pet Adoption Center' as the pets were terrified by the sounds of the fire department vehicles and firefighters dealing with the spread of the 46 Fire raging a few meters away from the facility in Riverside, East of Los Angeles, on Oct. 31.
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The Chicago couple flew to Sonoma County Saturday for their dream destination wedding, but was confronted with the flames of the Kincade Fire.A helicopter drops water as the Getty Fire burns on Mandeville Canyon Monday, Oct. 28, in Los Angeles.
Firefighters watch as flames approach during the 46 fire on Oct. 31 in Riverside.
‘Devil Winds’ Drive Southern California Fires
The downsloping gusts that begin inland and blow toward the ocean in autumn and winter bring with them warmth and dread in equal measure. They howl through the canyons of Santa Monica and whip the palm trees that line the streets of Los Angeles, driving up dust and fraying nerves. The winds, known as the Santa Anas, loom large over the collective psyche of Southern California. They have also been the defining antagonist in this season of fire, a sinister reminder that wind has the power to provoke fear and present danger in an instant.
A Riverside County Sheriff deputy helps evacuate a resident of the Riverside Heights Healthcare Center as the Hill fire grows dangerously close to the facility fueled by dry brush and extreme Santa Ana winds on Oct. 30, in Jurupa Valley.
High winds blow hot embers from the Kincade Fire on Oct. 29 in Calistoga. Fueled by high winds, the Kincade Fire has burned over 76,000 acres and has prompted nearly 200,000 evacuations in Sonoma County and beyond. 96 structures have been destroyed and nearly 80,000 homes are still threatened. The fire is 15 percent contained.
A helicopter drops water on the Getty Fire spreading in the hills in Los Angeles, on Oct. 28.
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"We are not out of the woods yet. We still have 24 hours of critical fire weather ahead of us," one fire official said.Justo and Bernadette Laos hug each other while looking through the charred remains of the home they rented that was destroyed by the Kincade Fire near Geyserville, on Oct. 31.
"While the dry pattern will continue during the first seven to 10 days of November, the storm track and subsequent track of high-pressure areas will shift farther inland," said AccuWeather senior meteorologist Brett Anderson.
Little in the way of welcome rain will fall across California for at least the next week to 10 days. But beyond that, signs point to a wetter pattern setting in: The first soaking rainstorm could arrive in northern California between Nov. 10 and 12, AccuWeather said.
It will be a much longer wait in southern California, however.
"Southern California may have to wait for many weeks before rain arrives," Anderson said. Significant rainfall may not fall there until late November or even December.
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This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Finally, some good news for California: Infamous Diablo and Santa Ana winds will die down soon
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With winds much calmer at the start of November than at the end of October, a handful of new, smaller wildfires have prompted evacuation orders and warnings, while Cal Fire crews inch closer to full containment on the Kincade Fire, California's largest of 2019. Here is the latest on the major wildfire incidents burning throughout California as of 9 a.m. Monday. KINCADE A fire department helicopter drops water on the smoking trees and ground of a valley caused by the 46 Fire near Riverside, East of Los Angeles, on Oct. 31.
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