Dry, windy conditions may increase risk of wildfires

SAN DIEGO — Dry, windy conditions expected in San Diego County’s mountains and deserts Friday and Saturday may raise the risk for wildfires, forecasters said Thursday.

A National Weather Service fire weather watch will remain in effect from 11 a.m. Friday until 8 p.m. Saturday.

“An approaching upper-level trough will create gusty west to southwest winds over portions of the mountains and deserts Friday through Saturday,” according to the weather service. “These winds, very low afternoon relative humidity of 5-10 percent and continued dry weather will create hazardous fire weather conditions through the period.”

Winds of 15 to 25 miles per hour are expected each afternoon and evening along mountain ridges and passes, on desert slopes and in the adjacent foothills.

Forecasters said any fires that develop amid the dry, windy conditions would likely spread rapidly. Outdoor burning is not recommended.