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Weather Service issues red flag warning due to Santa Ana winds

October 25, 2011 |  6:12 pm

Photo: Santa Ana wind pattern. Credit: National Weather Service
The National Weather Service issued a red flag warning for critical brush fire conditions because of gusty Santa Ana winds that are expected to begin blowing Wednesday afternoon and evening across mountain areas in Los Angeles and Ventura counties.

The winds, which are expected to last through Thursday, could reach 50 mph in the mountains and 40 mph in the canyons, the Weather Service said Tuesday evening. The dry winds will also cause relative humidity to drop below 10%.

The low relative humidity is expect to continue through the weekend, according to the Weather Service.

The red flag warning will be in effect from 3 p.m. Wednesday through 3 p.m. Thursday.


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Photo: Santa Ana wind pattern. Credit: National Weather Service