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SCV high wind warning in effect through 6 a.m.; red flag warning through 3:30 p.m.

Posted: October 27, 2009 10:21 p.m.
Updated: October 27, 2009 10:26 p.m.

A tractor is engulfed in a cloud of dust pushed by high winds as it moves along a dirt road near Hasley Canyon Road in Castaic Tuesday afternoon. A Santa Clarita Valley high wind warning remains in effect until 6 a.m. Wednesday.

 
A Santa Clarita Valley high wind warning remains in effect until 6 a.m. Wednesday, according to a National Weather Service report released Tuesday evening.

Tuesday night's northerly winds of 25 mph to 40 mph with some gusts reaching 65 mph in the valley are expected to weaken by this morning, the report said.

Meanwhile, advisory-strength winds will likely continue into as late as Thursday morning, the report said.

A red flag warning remains in effect until 3 p.m. today, according to the service.

The combination of very strong wind, low humidity and sufficiently dry brush prompted the service to issue the warning, which puts firefighters on heightened alert for fire danger.

Fire officials have increased staffing on engines throughout the county in response to the hazardous weather, said Los Angeles County Fire inspector Frederic Stowers.

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