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Santa Ana winds expected this week in L.A., Ventura counties

October 24, 2011 |  3:47 pm

Santa Ana winds are expected to blow across Ventura and Los Angeles counties later this week, heightening the threat of brush fires in the region, the National Weather Service said Monday afternoon.

The gusty northeast winds are expected to begin in the mountain areas by Wednesday afternoon and push into canyons and valleys by nightfall and continue blowing Thursday, the Weather Service said. The winds are expected to be from 25 mph to 35 mph.

The dry winds will cause relative humidities to drop into the teens and single digits.

"The very low humidities combined with gusty offshore winds will result in heightened fire weather risk for Los Angeles and Ventura counties," the agency said in a statement. "The greatest concern is in the mountains ... where the strongest and longer-duration winds are expected."

The dry conditions will continue into the weekend, the Weather Service said. The winds will be the result of high pressure over the Great Basin.

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