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Red-flag fire warnings issued for L.A. County areas

July 8, 2012 | 11:43 am

Red-flag warnings have been issued for Los Angeles County’s mountain and inland areas as a high-pressure system moves into the area, bringing hot and dry conditions that increase the risk of wildfires, officials said.

Gusty onshore winds from the south and low humidity combined with temperatures approaching 100 degrees triggered the warnings, which will remain in effect until 9 p.m., officials said. Gusts could reach up to 35 mph.

Residents of the San Fernando and San Gabriel valleys are likely to experience the hottest temperatures, which could exceed 100 degrees in some areas.

“Nearby residents should keep a sharp watch out for any fires that do develop and report them to officials immediately,” said David Sweet, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service. “It also helps to clear away any flammable brush that may be close to your home.”

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