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Red flag fire warnings extended through Wednesday in L.A. area

Red flag fire warnings have been extended through Wednesday afternoon for Ventura County and mountain areas of Los Angeles County.

Dry easterly winds, coupled with low relative humidity, are expected to blow across the two counties through 3 p.m. Wednesday, the National Weather Service said.

Red flag warnings signal extreme wildland fire danger. The warnings were initially issued through Tuesday evening, but they were extended because of a dry air mass persisting across the region.

"If fire ignition occurs," the weather service said in a statement, "there could be rapid spread of wildfire that would lead to a threat of life and property."

The California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection said it has beefed up crews at stations in brush and mountain areas to attack any blazes that break out.

Temperatures Tuesday were in the mid-70s to upper 70s across much of the Los Angeles area. The warm weather is expected to last through Thursday with temperatures hitting the mid-80s in inland areas, according to the Weather Service.


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