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Weather service warns of high fire risks in Pleasanton, Tri-Valley hills

Temperatures expected to soar into mid-to-high 90s today, tomorrow

The National Weather Service has issued a red flag warning for parts of the Bay Area this weekend including the wooded hills in and around Pleasanton and the Tri-Valley as dry weather conditions are expected to elevate fire risk.

The warning went into effect today at 2 a.m. and will last until

7 a.m. Sunday. The warning encompasses the East Bay hills and areas above 1000 feet in elevation in Santa Clara County.

High pressure is expected to build over the Tri-Valley causing dry gusty winds that may reach 40 mph, weather service officials said. A combination of offshore winds, low relative humidity and a high temperature well into the 90s today and tomorrow in the Tri-Valley "will create critical fire weather conditions," according to the weather service.

Yesterday, Cal Fire started positioning many of its air tankers at bases across Northern California in advance of possible wildfires.

Cal Fire officials are urging people to remain vigilant this

weekend to prevent fires. People are advised to not mow weeds after 10 a.m., to never use a lawn mower in dry grass, to completely extinguish any campfires, and to make sure cigarette butts are properly extinguished and never thrown outside.

Cal Fire Assistant Deputy Director Andy McMurry said in a

statement, "The grass across the region is already dying or dead. Our firefighters are ready to respond to any wildfires, but we really need the public's help in preventing fires."

--Jeb Bing

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