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Red flag warning issued for brush fire danger in L.A. area

Critical fire weather predicted
The National Weather Service is predicting critical brush fire conditions Tuesday that will be caused by dry off-shore winds.

Mountain areas in Los Angeles and Ventura counties will experience relative humidity as low as 5% and northeast winds gusting up to 45 mph, the Weather Service said. Temperatures are expected to be above normal.

“The combination of these winds and very dry air and fuel conditions will result in critical fire weather conditions,” the agency said in a statement.

Red flag fire warnings were declared for parts of the Angeles National Forest and Santa Monica Mountains.

The dry winds are the result of high pressure over the Great Basin. The Weather Service said above-normal temperatures were expected to last through Wednesday before cooler weather hits the region.

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Photo: Critical fire weather expected. Credit: National Weather Service
 
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