SACRAMENTO (CBS13) — In the midst of a Red Flag Warning throughout Northern California, the Sacramento Fire Department said they have responded to 48 fire-related incidents in the last 24 hours.

The department said they have fought three house fires, three commercial building fires and a large number of vegetation fires in the area.

A Sacramento Fire spokesperson said on average, the department sees about 1 to 2 structure fires and 5 to 10 other fires — much less than the 48 fires battled yesterday.

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The National Weather Service (NWS) Sacramento said in a tweet on Wednesday that this Red Flag Warning, which has been extended to 9 p.m. tonight for the Sacramento Valley, has the potential to bring the “strongest wind event of the season so far.”

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Wind gusts may reach as high as 55 miles per hour in some areas and officials urge this event may bring difficult driving conditions, downed tree branches and cause loose objects to fly around in the air.

In these extreme fire weather conditions, the NWS and fire officials advise against driving on dry grass, using equipment that creates sparks and improperly discarding cigarettes.

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