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Fire danger: Stay tuned through Saturday

November 14, 2008 |  3:48 pm

Tea fire, Rattlesnake Canyon Park

Winds have calmed in Montecito. But it remains a question whether the "sundowner" winds will return this evening. And Guy McCarthy over at Watershed News reports that the red flag warnings elsewhere in Southern California remain very serious:

While sundowner winds have claimed a hundred or more homes up the coast in Montecito, the National Weather Service has expanded red flag warnings to include coastal slopes below 5,000 feet in the San Bernardino National Forest and other mountains of southwest San Bernardino and Riverside counties. The updated warnings issued at 2:47 p.m. today reflect ongoing concerns for rising temperatures, low humidity and explosive fire potential similar to what unfolded yesterday evening in Santa Barbara County.

Red flag warnings also continue until 4 p.m. Saturday for Ventura and Los Angeles counties, excluding the Antelope Valley. Warnings updated at 3:02 p.m. today make specific mention of potential for gusting winds from the Hollywood Hills to Malibu.

Some wind gusts from the National Weather Service:

MALIBU HILLS..........................NORTH 38 MPH
NEWHALL PASS........................NORTH 57 MPH
WARM SPRINGS........................NORTHEAST 60 MPH
LAKE PALMDALE.......................NORTHEAST 40 MPH
CAMARILLO.............................NORTHEAST 44 MPH

-- Shelby Grad

Photo: Al Seib / Los Angeles Times

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