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Red Flag Fire Warning Extends Into Friday

The warm, dry windy conditions prompted the National Weather Service to extend a red flag warning -- signaling a heightened risk of wildfire -- for the inland valleys and mountain areas until 6 p.m. Thursday.

A "red flag" wildfire warning was in effect Thursday in San Diego-area valleys and mountains for a fourth consecutive day due to lingering heat, high winds and dry air.

The National Weather Service alert, set to expire at 6 p.m. Friday, advises the public to be mindful of "critical" combustion hazards in the subject areas.

The warning, issued Monday and initially set to expire on Wednesday evening, has been extended twice.

The forecast called for sustained winds up to 30 mph out of the northeast and gusts up to 60 mph, coupled with daytime humidity levels as low as 5 percent.

The arid, unseasonably warm conditions were expected to persist into the weekend, coupled with weakening winds, forecasters said.

-City News Service

Sophie O'Connor January 16, 2014 at 09:27 PM
So dang dry. I know we're all loving this weather & all, but we sure could use some rain.

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