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Fire Weather Warning

URGENT - FIRE WEATHER MESSAGE National Weather Service Los Angeles/Oxnard CA 159 PM PST Thu Dec 7 2017 Red flag warning in effect for much of los angeles and ventura counties through sunday for gusty northeast winds and low relative humidity... red flag warning in effect for the santa barbara county mountains through friday morning for gusty east winds and low relative humidity... discussion, an extended moderate to strong santa ana wind event will continue over much of los angeles and ventura counties through sunday. the winds peak today (thursday, gusts of 40 to 60 mph) and will gradually decrease through saturday (gusts of 25 to 35 mph), then increase some on sunday (gusts of 30 to 45 mph) before decreasing significantly monday and tuesday (gusts of 15 to 30 mph). meanwhile, minimum humidities of 5 to 10 percent will be common through at least the middle of next week, with widespread poor overnight recoveries mostly staying under 30 percent. as a result, critical red flag conditions will persist over most of los angeles and ventura counties through sunday, with at least elevated fire concerns through next week and a chance for locally critical. east winds will also affect the santa barbara mountains and foothills through early friday which will result in critical conditions. CAZ241-548-081800- /O.EXT.KLOX.FW.W.0009.000000T0000Z-171211T0400Z/ Los Angeles County Coast including Downtown Los Angeles- Los Angeles County San Gabriel Valley- 159 PM PST Thu Dec 7 2017 flag warning now in effect until 8 PM PST sunday for gusty northeast wind and low relative humidity over the coast and san gabriel valley of los angeles county... * winds, areas of northeast winds 20 to 30 mph with gusts between 35 and 45 mph through this evening, lowering to 10 to 25 mph with gusts between 25 and 40 mph friday through saturday. winds focused in the hills and canyons. * relative humidity, daily minimum 5 to 10 percent with very poor overnight recovery. * impacts, if fire ignition occurs, there will be the potential for very rapid spread of wildfire with long range spotting and extreme fire behavior that could lead to a threat to life and property. use extreme caution with potential fire ignition sources. precautionary/preparedness actions... a red flag warning means that critical fire weather conditions are expected. a combination of gusty winds and low relative humidity can contribute to extreme fire behavior. use extreme caution when using potential fire ignition sources. this is a dangerous situation, please follow evacuation orders. &&