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Red flag warning forecast through Thursday

Posted: March 11, 2014 5:02 p.m.
Updated: March 11, 2014 5:02 p.m.
 

Low humidity and high winds forecast for the Santa Clarita Valley have prompted a red flag warning in effect until Thursday evening, a spokesman for the Los Angeles County Fire Department said.

The red flag warning will remain in effect from 6 a.m. Wednesday until 6 p.m. Thursday, Fire Department Inspector Anthony Akins said.

“We’re going to have particularly high winds and low humidity,” he said Tuesday.

“We continue to see these patterns repeat themselves,” he said.

Of particular interest to firefighters during red flag warnings are dry, gusty Santa Ana winds, he said.

Southern California has experienced weeks of high winds and low humidity this winter, making vegetation dangerously dry and raising wildfire danger.

Santa Ana winds are spawned by high pressure over the Great Basin. Descending cold, dry air flows in a clockwise direction across the high desert, then speeds up and warms as it descends through Southern California’s mountain passes and canyons and sweeps out to sea.

The pattern has often spelled fire trouble for foothill- and wildland-adjacent communities.

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