June 11, 2008
Wind, low humidity are bad cocktail for fire risk
From Maddalena Jackson:

The reason we have windy conditions right now is that there is a high and low pressure system too close to one another, according to a National Weather Service meteorologist.

This causes a wind rotation in different directions and the wind is funneling between the two and downward. This is a larger-than-normal pressure system.

The fire risk is high right now because we have extremely dry conditions and wind. It wouldn't be as bad if there were just high temperatures without wind.

Firefighting is harder in the foothills when these conditions exist because of uneven terrain, making fire predictability harder.

The intensity of the fire risk the Sacramento region is currently experiencing isn't typically seen until October.