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Red Flag Warning in effect through Saturday afternoon

Low humidity, high winds increase fire danger

Posted: November 14, 2008 2:54 p.m.
Updated: November 14, 2008 3:02 p.m.

The National Weather Service issued a red flag warning for hazardous weather today for much of Los Angeles and Ventura counties, including the Santa Clarita Valley, in effect until 4 p.m. Saturday.

A high wind warning is also in effect until 2 p.m. Saturday.

The combination of strong winds and decreasing humidity increases the danger of wildfires throughout the area.

The service expects northwest winds to increase Saturday morning, with damaging wind gusts up to 70 mph through passes and canyons in the L.A. and Ventura county mountains. Wind gusts of 45 to 60 mph are also expwected in canyons in coastal and valley areas.

Areas under a high-wind warning will likely experience downed trees and powerlines.

In the Santa Clarita Valley, tonight's weather is expected to be clear and breezy, with a low temperature near 62 and wind from the northeast near 29 mph, gusting as high as 44 mph.

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