Gusty winds, low humidity and expected high temperatures Wednesday prompted the
Forecasters said winds could reach up to 40 mph in mountain areas with gusts up to 65 mph later in the day. Isolated gusts up to 75 mph could blow over western peaks, forecasters said.
Winds could reach up to 60 mph in the coastal foothills of the Santa Ana Mountains. In the canyons, winds could reach 25 mph with periodic gusts up to 40 mph.
The high winds have prompted fire and police agencies to remind the public to be prepared should a wildfire break out and to drive safely through high-wind areas.
The red flag warning will remain in effect until 6 p.m.