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Flames grow as a wildfire burns out-of-control in the north county area of San Diego Tuesday, May 13, 2014. / AP

More near-record heat, howling winds and extremely low humidity will lead to another dangerous day for wildfires in California Wednesday.

"Strong Santa Ana winds will continue to impact the mountains, valleys, and coasts today," warned an online forecast from the National Weather Service in San Diego. "Strongest gusts will occur along the coastal slopes. The hot, dry and windy conditions will bring a very high risk of rapid wildfire spread today."

Fire crews are fighting a brushfire near Camp Pendleton Marine Corps base.
Marine Corps officials said Wednesday that the blaze started at about 9:45 a.m. at the Naval Weapons Station in Fallbrook, north of San Diego.

Officials say the fire has spread to more than 100 acres and residents in military housing have been ordered to evacuate.

Earlier Wednesday, a temporary break in weather conditions allowed firefighters to gain ground on two wildfires that forced thousands of residents to leave their homes in San Diego and Santa Barbara late Tuesday.

So far this year, CAL FIRE, the state's department of forestry and fire protection, has responded to more than 1,350 wildfires, according to spokesman Daniel Berlant. The average for this time of year is 700, he said.

Heat is also a factor in the fires this week: Record.high temperatures in the 90s and near 100 degrees will be challenged and broken in many major California cities including San Francisco, Sacramento, Fresno, Long Beach, San Jose, Los Angeles and San Diego, according to AccuWeather meteorologist Alex Sosnowski.

The forecast of 97 degrees in San Diego today is in striking range of the city's all-time hottest May day, which was 98 degrees in May 1896, the weather service said.

Downtown Los Angeles is forecast to reach 101 degrees, a record high for the day.

Heat advisories also were in effect in and around San Francisco and the Bay Area.

The heat is forecast to ease this weekend, AccuWeather reported, but more extreme heat and worsening drought are predicted throughout the summer.

Contributing: Associated Press



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