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Red-flag warning extended amid forecast of more dry heat and winds

August 30, 2009 |  9:06 pm


The National Weather Service has extended the red-flag fire warning until Monday at 9 p.m., bad news for firefighters who hoped cooling temperatures would help them control the out-of-control Station fire.

The red-flag warning was supposed to end Sunday. But the NWS extended the warning to Los Angeles mountains, citing continued heat, low humidity and increasing winds.

"Many areas should still continue to experience relative humidity around or slightly below 10% for several hours," the NWS said in a statement. "In addition, afternoon gusty winds will exacerbate fire weather conditions, especially on south-to-west facing slopes and over the ridgetops."

The region has experienced a heat wave for the last five days. Forecasters predict the temperatures will gradually drop by the end of the week.

- Shelby Grad

Photo: A Los Angeles County fire fighter prepares to hose down hot spots as he fights the Station Fire August 30, 2009 in Acton, California. Credit: Justin Sullivan / Getty Images

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