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Don't Fall For Autumn's Chill: It's Time For Fire Weather!

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Fall, schmall. While we might be sipping dairy-laden Pumpkin Spice Lattes and watching our far flung Facebook friends post pics of pretty autumn leaves, Southern California will be treated to another round of high temps, this time paired with the kind of dry heat that creates fire weather.

Santa Ana winds will be pushing through strong at the end of the week, and with low humidity levels and temperatures in the 90s, that brings about an increased threat of wildfires. "Extremely dry fuel conditions in place would allow for large and rapid fire growth potential if winds and dry air develop as projected late in the week," elaborates the National Weather Service in their alert.

At the most risk are Ventura and Los Angeles counties.

And don't be fooled when things get kind of mild on Thursday, and then the heat gets cranked up Friday and Saturday.

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We suggest you curl up with Joan Didion's fantastic essay, "Fire Season," (or any of a number of fire weather musings) and comfort yourself in knowing we've been here before, and we'll be here again, fall after fall. Just don't toss that cig butt out the car window when you're rolling through our dry, parched hills, okay?