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L.A. heat wave, Santa Ana winds prompt brush fire warnings
L.A. heat wave, Santa Ana winds prompt brush fire warnings

A heat wave that is expected to produce near record-breaking temperatures across the Southland this weekend will also create dangerous fire conditions, forecasters warn. The hot weather, low humidity and Santa Ana winds with gusts of up to 35 mph will combine to create conditions that are ripe for brush fires, according to the National Weather Service.  A fire watch has been issued for all of Ventura and Los Angeles counties starting late Wednesday until early Thursday.  Authorities have warned that California's prolonged drought has made tinder-dry forests and brush lands particularly susceptible to explosive fires. Temperatures, meanwhile, are expected to steadily...

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