Windy, Dry Forecast Worries CA

Golden State braces for dangerous weekend with emergency crews on alert
By Jonas Oransky,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 1, 2007 1:29 PM CDT
California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, accompanied by several state and local officials including Orange County Sheriff Michael Carona, far right, speaks at a news conference at the Santiago Fire Incident...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – California weathermen are sparking new wildfire fears with predictions for a hot, dry weekend in which the dreaded Santa Ana winds are expected to pick up from 45 mph tomorrow across the state's southern end. Compounding matters, humidity is expected to drop as low as 10% while temperatures rise into the mid-80s, the Los Angeles Times reports.

With last week’s disaster barely past, Golden State residents face a brush fire watch all weekend. Governor Schwarzenegger has prepared the National Guard and emergency services; firefighting teams will stand vigil in eight counties. "The aircraft are ready," he said. "And if the Santa Ana wind kicks in, we are going to be ready for that."