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Red flag warning issued for Los Angeles and Ventura counties' mountains

October 28, 2011 | 10:34 pm

Dry brush

A red flag fire warning is in effect for mountain regions of Los Angeles and Ventura counties through 3 p.m. Saturday, the National Weather Service announced Friday night.

Breezy offshore winds and low humidity have raised the risk of "extreme fire behavior," said weather specialist Bonnie Bartling of the service's forecast office in Oxnard. Gusts of up to 30 mph are expected overnight through the passes and canyons.

"There's a lot of dryness out there," Bartling said. "If fire ignition occurs there could be a wildfire that could lead to a threat to life and property. "

Both the Los Padres National Forest and the Angeles National Forest are covered by the warning, which was issued about 8 p.m.


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Photo: The dry brush in some canyons of Los Angeles is susceptible to fire, especially under a red flag warning. Credit: Michael Robinson Chavez / Los Angeles Times