Northern California faces more fires amid record-breaking heat, poor air

Worsening wildfires and poor air quality are set to hit Northern California Sunday and Monday amid potentially record-breaking heat, meteorologists said.

The dry, hot forecast puts a massive swath of land from Redding down to the Bay Area under a “red flag warning,” the National Weather Service’s most severe level of fire alert, the Weather Channel reported.

Inland temperatures will hit around 100 degrees Sunday, and peak on Monday, ABC said.

California has seen over 8,000 wildfires so far this year. The inferno has torched 5,600 square miles of forest, destroyed more than 7,000 buildings and left 26 people dead.

On Saturday, Pacific Gas & Electric announced plans to shut off power to 15,000 customers in 16 affected counties to prevent electrical equipment from contributing to the fires.

The customers are expected to get power back on Monday night, the company said.

Bay Area Air Quality Management District rep Kristine Roselius told the San Francisco Chronicle that the increased heat and smoke will combine with existing air pollution to create a “triple whammy” threat to the region’s air quality.

Roselius said Bay Area residents should “try to limit outdoor activities and exertion” to avoid breathing “unhealthy air.”

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