NWS: Red Flag Warning – High Winds Start Tonight!

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From the National Weather Service:

Red Flag Warning: URGENT – FIRE WEATHER MESSAGE…CORRECTED – NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE LOS ANGELES/OXNARD CA MON DEC 5 2011

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…RED FLAG WARNING IN EFFECT THROUGH TUESDAY AFTERNOON FOR MUCH OF VENTURA AND LOS ANGELES COUNTIES FOR GUSTY NORTHEAST WINDS AND LOW RELATIVE HUMIDITY…

WHILE SLIGHTLY WEAKER THAN TODAY…GUSTY OFFSHORE WINDS ARE EXPECTED AGAIN TUESDAY MORNING. IN ADDITION…CONDITIONS ARE EXPECTED TO BE EVEN DRIER ON TUESDAY WITH MORE WIDESPREAD SINGLE DIGIT HUMIDITIES. THEREFORE…THE RED FLAG WARNING WILL CONTINUE IN EFFECT UNTIL TUESDAY AFTERNOON.

.AN UPPER LOW OVER THE FOUR CORNERS AND BUILDING HIGH PRESSURE OVER THE GREAT BASIN HAVE COMBINED TO PRODUCE DRY…OFFSHORE FLOW OVER THE REGION. WINDS THIS MORNING WERE GUSTING TO OVER 50 MPH WITH WIDESPREAD HUMIDITY READINGS IN THE MOUNTAINS AND FOOTHILLS FALLING INTO THE TEENS AND SINGLE DIGITS. STRONGEST WINDS WILL BE THROUGH AND BELOW THE PASSES AND CANYONS. WHILE WINDS MAY WEAKEN SOMEWHAT TODAY…LOW HUMIDITIES WITH POOR OVERNIGHT RECOVERIES ARE EXPECTED IN MOST AREAS TONIGHT AND TUESDAY MORNING.

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VENTURA COUNTY MOUNTAINS / LOS PADRES NATIONAL FOREST-
LOS ANGELES COUNTY MOUNTAINS / ANGELES NATIONAL FOREST-
1034 AM PST MON DEC 5 2011

…RED FLAG WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 4 PM PST TUESDAY FOR
GUSTY NORTHEAST WINDS AND LOW RELATIVE HUMIDITY FOR THE MOUNTAINS
OF LOS ANGELES AND VENTURA COUNTIES…

A RED FLAG WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 4 PM PST TUESDAY.

* PEAK WINDS…NORTHEAST 25 TO 40 MPH WITH GUSTS TO 60 MPH
TODAY…STRONGEST THROUGH PASSES AND CANYONS AND RIDGETOPS.
WINDS SLIGHTLY WEAKER ON TUESDAY.

* RELATIVE HUMIDITY…AS LOW AS 8 PERCENT.

* IMPACTS…IF FIRE IGNITION OCCURS THERE COULD BE RAPID SPREAD
OF WILDFIRE THAT WOULD LEAD TO A THREAT TO LIFE AND PROPERTY.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…

A RED FLAG WARNING MEANS THAT CRITICAL FIRE WEATHER CONDITIONS
ARE EXPECTED. THIS IN COMBINATION WITH DRY FUELS COULD CREATE
EXTREME FIRE DANGER AND/OR FIRE BEHAVIOR.

PLEASE ADVISE THE APPROPRIATE OFFICIALS OR FIRE CREWS IN THE
FIELD OF THIS RED FLAG WARNING.

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