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Windy Weather Brings Increased Fire Risk Across SoCal

A massive white and gray cloud rises over hills, with palm trees in the foreground.
FILE: A pyrocumulus ash plume towers above Banning, California during the Apple fire last August. Meteorologists are warning fire conditions are expected to be elevated through Thursday in parts of L.A. County.
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A combination of dry air, gusty winds and hot temperatures mean there's an increased risk of fire this week across Southern California.

National Weather Service meteorologist David Sweet says elevated fire weather conditions are expected through Thursday. That's just a step below "critical," which would trigger a Red Flag Warning.

"Some localized areas may see brief critical conditions. And what I mean by critical conditions is relative humidities in the afternoons between 5 and 15%. When you combine that with gusty winds, that leads to a situation where you have to be a little bit more concerned about fire starts," said Sweet.

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Heat advisories are effect for the Santa Clarita and San Fernando Valleys until 8 p.m. Tuesday. In the San Bernardino and Riverside County mountain areas below 6,000 feet, those advisories will stick around until 8 p.m. Wednesday.

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