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Soaring temperatures bring increased risk of wildfires to Southern California

Soaring temperatures bring increased risk of wildfires to Southern California

Red flag warnings are in effect through Monday afternoon, as soaring temperatures and the first major Santa Ana winds of the season are expected to sweep through an already parched Southern California.

“I’d say the tinder box would be Southern California itself,” said David Sweet, a metereologist with the National Weather Service. “All areas in Ventura County and Los Angeles County are being subjected to gusty winds, high temperatures and low humidities.”

At 9 a.m. Sunday, several Los Angeles County cities had already reached double-digit increases over Saturday’s temperatures, with Chatsworth at 89, 18 degrees hotter than the same...

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