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Get Ready For Hot, Dry, Windy Wildfire Weather

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Watch where you put your cigarette butts: it's wildfire weather out there.

Starting today through Sunday, it's going to be hot and dry, and strong, gusty winds will be blowing. Blame the hot spell on an upper-level high-pressure system, the National Weather Service says. The areas that will see the worst heat aren't central Los Angeles so much as the valleys, lower mountain elevations and deserts where temperatures will soar into the 90s and low 100s. Because it's hot, dry and windy, forecasters are saying that we'll be seeing an "extended period of elevated fire danger."

On Wednesday, a fire broke out in the San Bernardino National Forest near Big Bear, the Los Angeles Times reports. Campers in the forest that has already been hit hard by the drought had to be evacuated. As of this morning, the fire consumed 1,000 acres.

The worst place to be is the Antelope Valley where it could get up to 105 degrees. The Highway 14 corridor from the Santa Clarita Valley could see gusts of wind up to 45 mph. Northwestern Los Angeles County and the 5 Freeway corridor are also supposed to see dry winds. As you head up north, the Santa Ynez Range and Santa Barbara County south coast will also be seeing fire weather.