Hot, Gusty Winds Prompt ‘Red Flag’ Fire Warning for San Diego County

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A San Diego Fire-Rescue Department brush rig. Courtesy of the department

The National Weather Service issued a red flag warning through Monday for much of San Diego County as well as a large swath of Southern California, saying the region would be at an increased risk for wildfires to start and spread.

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The warning for San Diego County is in effect until 4 p.m. Monday.

Most inland areas will face moderate Santa Ana winds and low humidity levels as high pressure strengthens over the great basin, the weather service said, giving any fires that develop this weekend the potential to strengthen rapidly.

The agency urged people to avoid outdoor burning, and also warned that high winds will make driving difficult, especially for high-profile vehicles.

Forecasters predicted winds to be strongest on Monday, when the humidity will be at its lowest.

Winds on Sunday were expected to average 30 mph, with isolated gusts as high as 65 mph. Forecasters expected the strongest winds to occur along lower mountain slopes and below passes and canyons.

The winds should start to die down on Tuesday, and humidity will recover slightly Tuesday and Wednesday, the weather service said.

City News Service contributed to this article.

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