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Fire weather watch issued through Friday

(Thursday, Sept. 9) Many East Bay communities, including Walnut Creek, will be under a fire weather watch from 5 p.m. Thursday to 11 a.m. Friday because of dry and windy weather.

The National Weather Service said there is a slight chance of dry lightning, which could spark wildfires if it hits close to the ground. The forecast has a higher chance of these strikes in the North Bay than the East Bay.

With very dry conditions throughout California, lightning strikes are especially dangerous because any fires sparked could spread quickly. Higher elevations, such as Mt. Diablo, are at great risk because of very dry vegetation.

By Friday afternoon, cooler temperatures are forecast for the East Bay.

In August 2020 a series of lightning strikes caused 650 wildfires. On Sept. 10 last year, the August Complex fires set a record for largest single-day wildfire in modern California history with more than 471,185 acres burned.