Urgent Fire Weather Message Issued: More Santa Ana Winds on Tap, Extreme Conditions

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The Thomas Fire burning in Ventura County. Photo: OnSceneTV

A red flag warning that was forecast to expire Thursday has been extended through Saturday night, according to the National Weather Service.

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A high-pressure system will continue periods of strong Santa Ana winds and very low humidity through the rest of the week, with the strongest winds tonight through Thursday, according to the agency’s “Urgent Fire Weather Message” issued late Wednesday.

Winds will gradually weaken Friday and Saturday, but “critical to extreme” fire weather conditions have prompted the red flag warning that will continue through 8 p.m. Saturday, the NWS reported.

Wind gusts of up to 60 mph are forecast, with isolated gusts clocking in at 80 mph or more Wednesday night through Thursday in remote canyon and foothill areas, according to the NWS.

In addition to San Diego County, all of Southwestern California is under the revised red flag warning, including fire ravaged Los Angeles and Ventura counties, as well as Orange County, and the western portions of Riverside and San Bernardino counties.


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