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Red-flag warning issued as temperatures climb

October 1, 2012 |  1:56 pm

With record-high temperatures expected across Southern California on Monday, the National Weather Service has issued a red-flag warning for several areas.

The scorching temperatures, combined with gusty winds, single-digit humidity and dry vegetation could indicate high fire danger.

The warning is in effect through 6 p.m Tuesday for the Santa Clarita Valley and the San Gabriel Mountains in Los Angeles and Ventura counties.

The Angeles National Forest in L.A. County and Ventura County's Los Padres National Forest are also under red-flag warnings.

A less serious fire weather watch is in effect from late Tuesday morning through Tuesday afternoon in the Santa Monica Mountain Recreational Area.

"Fire danger is expected to peak on Monday, when record-breaking triple-digit heat and widespread single-digit humidities will combine with very dry fuels," the National Weather Service said.

It warned that "if fire ignition occurs, there could be rapid spread of wildfire that would lead to a threat to life and property."

The high in downtown L.A. could reach 100 degrees, with highs reaching 105 in Burbank and Pasadena, 107 in Saugus and 108 in Woodland Hills, the National Weather Service said.


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