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How Long Will Strong Winds Stay in Fresno?



Cool temperatures and strong winds are in the Fresno forecast. (Shutterstock)
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Pedestrians, drivers, and homeowners should pay attention to the high winds throughout the San Joaquin Valley today and Tuesday.

PG&E said it may shut off power to about 44,000 customers beginning today because wind gusts and falling trees could cause electrical equipment to spark fires.

The National Weather Service issued a red flag warning of extreme fire danger on late Sunday. The warning extends to late Tuesday and the strongest winds are expected today.

NWS Hanford says there is a 98% chance of wind gusts above 35 mph on the heavily traveled Tehachapi and Grapevine mountain passes.

Those strong winds combined with dust could create driving hazards, so be alert for sudden drops in visibility, NWS Hanford advises.

Falling Trees

On Monday morning, there were reports of fallen trees in Fresno and Clovis. Gusts could reach 45 mph, NWS Hanford said.

Today’s high in Fresno is expected to be 67 degrees with an overnight low of 46. Though the strong winds are expected to subside by Tuesday night, cooler temperatures are in the forecast through Friday.

Winds and Dust Create Health Concerns

Because of the strong winds, the Valley Air District recommends that residents in affected areas remain indoors with windows and doors closed to avoid blowing dust.

The district issued an Air Quality High Wind Advisory on Sunday afternoon.

“Strong winds often cause localized blowing dust in areas where soils are exceptionally dry — creating unhealthy concentrations of particulate matter 10 microns and smaller (PM10),” the air district said in a news release. “Exposure to particulate pollution can cause serious health problems, aggravate lung disease, trigger asthma attacks and bronchitis, and increase risk of respiratory infections.”

To monitor PM10 levels in your area, visit or download the “EPA AirNow” app for android or iPhone. For more information, visit or call a district office in Fresno (559) 230-6000, Modesto (209) 557-6400), or Bakersfield (661) 392-5500).

KNP Complex Fire Update

Firefighters are making considerable progress after last Friday’s rain, and Tulare County officials are downgrading many evacuation orders and warnings.

As of 9:40 a.m. Monday, the fire covered  87,468 acres in Sequoia-Kings Canyon National Park and was 30% contained.

There are 2,118 firefighters on the scene.

To see if your residence or business is affected by an evacuation order, check this link.

Together, the KNP Complex and Windy wildfires in Sequoia and Kings Canyon national parks may have killed hundreds of giant sequoias as they swept through groves over the past month, an official said last week.

Last year’s Castle Fire in and around Sequoia National Park is estimated to have killed as many as 10,600 giant sequoias, or 10% to 14% of the entire population.

Windy Fire Update

As of 9:40 a.m. Monday, the wildfire burning on the Tule River Indian Reservation and in Sequoia National Forest spanned 97,544 acres with 88% containment.

With evacuation orders and warnings changing often as fire containment grows, evacuees should refer to the Windy Fire Evacuation Warning Map at or call 211 for the latest information.


Bill McEwen is news director and columnist for GV Wire. He joined GV Wire in August 2017 after 37 years at The Fresno Bee. With The Bee, he served as Opinion Editor, City Hall reporter, Metro columnist, sports columnist and sports editor through the years. His work has been frequently honored by the California Newspapers Publishers Association, including authoring first-place editorials in 2015 and 2016. Bill and his wife, Karen, are proud parents of two adult sons, and they have two grandsons. You can contact Bill at 559-492-4031 or at Send an Email

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