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Dry, windy conditions sparks fires; red flag warning extended

October 27, 2012 |  8:33 am

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Winds and dry conditions continued Saturday, prompting officials to extend the red flag warnings around Southern California.

Several small fires have broken out around the region in the last two days. A larger brush fire in Fontana on Friday burned more than 300 acres.

Sustained winds of up to 20 mph and gusts of up to 40 mph are forecast, and an additional 150 firefighters have been positioned throughout Los Angeles County as a precaution, said Tony Imprenda, a spokesman for the County Fire Department.

Teams have been positioned in three areas determined to be at high risk of brush fires -- Angeles Crest, Santa Clarita and Malibu.

A small brush fire broke out Thursday afternoon in the Santa Clarita Valley but was quickly contained by fire crews.

"We had about 20 engines on that thing within 10 minutes," Imprenda said, adding that fire officials believe the worst of the winds came Thursday.


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