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Santa Ana winds to bring fire danger to Southern California

Santa Ana winds to bring fire danger to Southern California

"A red flag warning means that critical fire weather conditions are expected", the weather service said.

A red flag warning is in effect through Thursday night.

If winds persist, the Red Flag Warning could possibly be extended into Friday or Saturday, the National Weather Service added. The average temperature in November was 65.1 degrees, making it the sixth warmest November since 1922, the weather service says. Fire weather officials caution that any fires that spark will have the ability to grow very rapidly and exhibit other kinds of extreme fire behavior, such as fire whirls or "tornadoes" and erratic spreading. The county will also augmenting staffing and position more engine companies in strategic areas throughout the county.

"As a precaution, we will be staging SDG&E field crews and contract firefighters in the areas where the winds are expected to be the strongest", spokeswoman Colleen Windsor said.

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And those crews may be on the clock for some time.

The combination of low humidity, high winds, and a lack of rainfall will increase the risk of wildfires.

High winds expected to last through at least Wednesday are forecast to whip around the Santa Clarita Valley, weather officials said Monday. Humidity levels will be in the 10 to 15 percent range today and the 7 to 15 percent range from Tuesday through Saturday.

Winds will die down somewhat for Wednesday and Thursday, but intermittent strong gusts will still be possible. Isolated gusts could hit 80 miles per hour in the mountains. In addition, there is the potential for blowing dust and debris, especially near recent burn areas.