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Red Flag Warning Issued for Mountain Areas, Valleys

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Dry brush = a fire's fuel | Photo by Caveman 92223 via Flickr
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Yesterday it was a fire weather watch, but today the National Weather Service upgraded those warnings into Red Flags. Temperatures will not be as warm as last week, but high winds and low humidity are concerning officials over potential for wildfires."The Santa Ynez range and downwind coastal sections of Santa Barbara County will be the first to experience the dry and windy conditions this evening," the service explained in a weather update. "The focus will then shift to Los Angeles and Ventura counties overnight Wednesday and into Thursday with widespread humidities into the teens and single digits and gusty northeast winds."

The Red Flag warnings will go into effect at 6 p.m. tonight, lasting through Friday in areas local to Los Angeles and Ventura County.