Heat to continue through the week – Chico Enterprise-Record


CHICO — It looks like the heat’s not going anywhere, at least until the weekend.

After an unusually hot Labor Day weekend, temperatures are expected to remain high through Friday with a possibility of dropping to the high 90s in the coming weekend.

Meteorologist Robert Baruffaldi of the Sacramento office of the National Weather Service said the north valley will likely be seeing temperatures up to 110 degrees while the foothills will potentially be somewhat cooler at 105 degrees.

“It doesn’t look like there’s going to be a lot of cooldown until this weekend,” Baruffaldi said. “There may be some slight cooldown Thursday or Friday from what we’ve been experiencing but not a whole heck of a lot. It’s still really hot temperatures for this time of year.”

Baruffaldi said these temperatures are unusual for early September. He added that the weather is expected to stay dry with no rain in the forecast other than the slight sprinkling seen Tuesday in Chico.

With consistently dry and hot weather, PG&E as well as Cal Fire are warning of wildfire possibilities.

Cal Fire-Butte County Capt. Jacob Gilliam said this combination could be the perfect storm for fire risk, especially if people aren’t careful.

“Any spark, any equipment use could be trying at your defensible space and could start a fire,” Gilliam said.

Other risky activities include outdoor target practice and towing recreational vehicles as chains could strike the roadway, create sparks and lead to ignition of fire fuels along the roadways.

Gilliam said that while working to create defensible space around homes is still a good idea, residents should avoid using power equipment such as chainsaws and mowers because of the risk of sparks or the potential to hit hot rocks into dry grass.

“Anything could start a fire,” Gilliam said. “We want people to be cognizant and be completely ready when going out. We want people to do everything the right way.”

Gilliam said residents should dress appropriately and wear the proper shoes in the event of a fire, adding that yard work such as raking should be done in the morning before the heat of the day. During the heat wave, using power tools and equipment even in the early hours can be risky.

For more information, residents can visit ReadyForWildfire.Org.



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