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Happy Fall! Now Watch Out For Dry Lightning in Hills Tonight

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It's the beginning of autumn, which means we're sliding headlong into fire season. Soon the Santa Anas will be blowing and we'll have to try really hard not to recite that one Joan Didion quote even though it's perfect.

But tonight it's not wind but dry lightning storms that are raising red flags in mountain communities, according to the Los Angeles Times. Officials are warning that dry lightning storms tonight could spark wildfires in the Santa Monica Mountains, Antelope Valley and mountains in Ventura and Santa Barbara counties.

It's that dense fog we've been seeing (if you live close to the coast) that is giving way to the unstable weather, the Associated Press says.

The National Weather Service is saying there is a slight chance of rain — 20 percent — in Los Angeles and a 30 percent chance in the Antelope Valley.