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California Braces for Heat Again, Weather Makes Fighting Sawmill Fire More Difficult

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    Californians braced for another hot day as forecasters warned of soaring temperatures and wildfires, including one burning in Sonoma County, due to hot, dry and windy conditions. Jodi Hernandez reports. (Published Monday, Sept. 26, 2016)

    Californians braced for another hot day as forecasters warned of soaring temperatures and wildfires, including one burning in Sonoma County, due to hot, dry and windy conditions.

    A high-pressure ridge is expected to bring temperatures in the 80s and 90s in coastal areas and triple-digit heat in inland areas on Monday, the National Weather Service said.

    For example, temps could soar to 102 degrees in the Tri-Valley area near Livermore on Monday and even break the 90-degree mark in often-foggy San Francisco, according to the NWS. In Southern California, Los Angeles could see temperatures as hot at 103 degrees and San Diego could reach 100.

    This follows on a second consecutive day of heat. Several parts of the state saw record-breaking heat on Sunday as temperatures ran 10 to 25 degrees above normal for this time of the year.

    San Francisco had a high of 98 degrees. A record 104 degrees was set in Camarillo, about 47 miles northwest of Los Angeles, beating the old record of 102 set 38 years ago.

    Meanwhile, the weather was not helping the state's firefighters. Cal Fire crews had to battle a wildfire in rural Sonoma County in nearly 100-degree heat. The fire, which broke out Sunday morning near Cloverdale, spread to more than 2 square miles and forced about 90 people to evacuate from their homes, state fire officials said.

    The fire was threatening The Geysers, a large geothermal field that provides electricity to Sonoma and its four neighboring counties.

    By Monday night, the fire was 45 percent contained.