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Red flag fire warnings issued across Southern California

June 18, 2012 |  9:30 pm

Red flag fire warnings have been issued through Tuesday night for a large swath of Southern California inland and desert areas.

The warnings, which signal strong winds and low relative humidity, are in effect for 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.

The warnings come as several hundred firefighters Monday night were battling a brush fire that had scorched about 900 acres near Campo in east San Diego County. 

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