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Red-flag fire warning issued for Southern California

October 27, 2011 |  7:00 am

Gusty winds and dryness will make for prime wildfire conditions Thursday in much of Southern California, according to the National Weather Service.

A red-flag warning will be in effect until 3 p.m. Thursday for the mountains of Los Angeles and Ventura counties and the Santa Clarita and San Fernando valleys, the weather service said.

Wind gusts in the mountains could reach 40 to 50 mph with gusts of 30 to 40 mph in the valleys.

Warm air and low humidity are expected to last through the weekend and could lead to an extension of the warning in some areas.

A separate red-flag warning is in effect until 2 p.m. Thursday for parts of Riverside and San Bernardino counties, the Santa Ana mountains and Orange County coastal areas.

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