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Red flag wildfire warning extended through 2 p.m. Saturday

October 26, 2012 | 11:14 am

CaptureThe National Weather Service has extended a red flag warning for much of Los Angeles and Ventura counties because of high winds and low humidity, which have elevated the risk of wildfires.

The warning, first issued at 3 a.m. Thursday, was set to expire at 6 p.m. Friday but has been extended until 2 p.m. Saturday, Los Angeles County fire officials said.

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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Photo: A brush fire near Soledad Canyon Road in the Santa Clarita Valley on Oct. 25. Credit: KTLA-TV

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