A red flag warning issued by the National Weather Service will continue to be in effect into early Saturday afternoon, with winds gusts in Poway possibly hitting 45 mph on Friday. Humidity levels may dip into the teens, creating potentially dangerous wildfire conditions.
It was on Oct. 25, 2003, that Santa Anna winds began that fueled the Cedar Fire, which started in the Cleveland National Forest south of Ramona. It grew into the largest wildfire in California history, burning more than 280,000 acres and killing 16 people.
Residents in fire-prone areas such as Poway are advised to be aware of the fire danger during the red-flag warning.
The National Weather Service forecast for Poway:
Thursday night: Clear, with a low around 59. Northwest wind 5 to 10 mph becoming east in the evening.
Friday: Sunny, with a high near 89. Breezy, with an east wind 20 to 25 mph decreasing to 10 to 15 mph in the afternoon. Winds could gust as high as 45 mph.
Friday night: Clear, with a low around 54. East wind 5 to 10 mph.
Saturday: Sunny, with a high near 90. East wind 5 to 10 mph becoming west in the morning.
Saturday night: Clear, with a low around 58. Northwest wind 5 to 10 mph becoming east in the evening.
Sunday: Sunny, with a high near 89.
Sunday night: Mostly clear, with a low around 56.