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Cooler weather, chance of drizzle to bring firefighting relief

Cooler weather, chance of drizzle to bring firefighting relief
San Bernardino Cal Fire firefighters David Lara, left, and Charles Burks lug extra hose toward the front line near the Prado Dam where firefighters mop up the Prado Fire after it burned more than 1,000 acres over the weekend. (Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times)

Cooler temperatures and a chance of drizzle this week will provide a much-needed reprieve for Southern Californians following a string of warm days.

Temperatures are expected to dip into the 60s Wednesday and Thursday, when a storm system off the coast could also bring a slight chance of drizzle to the Los Angeles County mountains, said meteorologist Kathy Hoxsie of the National Weather Service.

Drizzle could continue Friday. The amount of rain is expected to be minimal and at best could churn up a brief period of heavy drizzle.

"We have a better chance of getting some thunderstorms over the mountains," she said.

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Increased thunderstorm activity will likely occur in the mountains of Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo counties Monday and Tuesday. The band of thunderstorms may move to Los Angeles County by Wednesday.

Although the chance of drizzle is slim, it's good news for firefighters battling a raging wildfire in Riverside County. Firefighters have been battling a 1,020-acre brush fire at highways 71 and 91 near the Prado Basin. The fire is 35% contained.

Flames were fueled by dry brush and red-flag conditions, including low humidity and warm temperatures.

Cooler temperatures mean any precipitation would take longer to evaporate, Hoxsie said.

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