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Beaumont wildfire contained; red-flag warnings issued for Southland

A wildfire in a remote area south of Beaumont, which had grown to more than 2,200 acres, was fully contained as of Monday night, but weather officials are warning residents that conditions are ripe for other fires to break out.

The Beaumont blaze, which started Saturday afternoon and grew rapidly throughout that day, was contained by about 6 p.m., fire officials said.

Officials said no structures were threatened by the fire and that no injuries were reported. The cause of the fire is under investigation.

Meanwhile, several hundred firefighters were continuing Tuesday to battle a brush fire that has scorched about 900 acres near Campo in eastern San Diego County.

Also, red-flag fire warnings have been issued through Tuesday night for a large swath of Southern California's inland and desert areas.

The warnings, which signal strong winds and low humidity, are in effect for the Antelope and Coachella valleys in Los Angeles and Riverside counties to mountain and desert areas in San Diego County, according to the National Weather Service.

In the Antelope Valley, relative humidity is expected to be between 5% and 10%, and temperatures could hit triple digits, according to the weather service. Wind gusts up to 45 mph are possible.

"Increasing southwest winds along with single-digit humidities will present an increased fire danger," the agency said in a statement.

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