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Santa Ana winds to create extreme fire threat through Tuesday

Santa Ana winds to create extreme fire threat through Tuesday
The National Weather Service is warning of extreme fire danger this week due to low humidity and strong winds in the forecast. (National Weather Service)

Strong Santa Ana winds expected to hit the Southland on Monday night will create dangerous fire conditions, weather officials said.

A wind advisory is in effect for the Los Angeles County mountains, excluding the Santa Monica range, from 10 p.m. Monday until noon Tuesday, with gusts potentially reaching 40 to 50 mph, the Los Angeles Times reported.

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A red flag warning was also issued for the mountains from 10 p.m. Monday evening through 6 p.m. Tuesday, said Bonnie Bartling, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Oxnard.

"Because the humidities are going to be down quite a bit and we're going to have offshores, we are always concerned about fire potential," she said.

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The risk of fire will be elevated through Wednesday, according to the National Weather Service.

The winds will hit the mountains first and then make their way into the valleys. In the Santa Monica Mountains recreational area, gusts beginning at 10 p.m. Monday until noon Tuesday were expected to reach 45 mph.

Bartling said temperatures in the region are expected to be a little higher than normal through Thursday before cooling down again.

-- Ari Bloomekatz, Los Angeles Times

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