Manzanita Fire Burning Northwest of Hemet; Terrain and Weather Forecast Issued


Part of my job here at Southern California Weather Force is to assess and determine what direction a fire will spread based on terrain and weather conditions over the next 24 hours.  Hemet should be spared … as well as many other areas.  The fire should remain in the rural hills but read on for details.

Strong west winds in the fire-zone are fanning the fire fast to the east.  It has grown to over 250 acres in a short period of time.  Overnight … the winds should relax some and give the edge on fighting this fire.  On Tuesday however, strong west winds return and any hotspots left over … or flames … and this could continue going on a northeast direction to the outskirts of the city of Banning.

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Given the upper levels, smoke from this will blow east … affecting air quality levels in the Banning Pass, Hemet, Mt. San Jacinto, and the Coachella Valley areas, where I have issued a Smoke Advisory for air quality concerns over the next 24 to 48 hours.

All and on this fire should remain away from populated zones …

The rest of the Inland Empire areas west of Hemet will remain with good air quality and no risk of smoke moving over … so areas like Riverside, Ontario, Corona, etc look fine…

Air Quality Risk From Smoke

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