Tuesday, December 25, 2007

RED FLAG WARNINGS - Santa Barbara, Ventura, San Luis Obispo, Los Angeles, LPF

Red flag warning continues for much of Ventura and Los Angeles county through this evening due to strong north to northeast winds and low humidities

A BRIEF BUT STRONG SANTA ANA WIND EVENT IS OCCURRING ACROSS THE MOUNTAINS AND VALLEYS OF VENTURA AND LOS ANGELES COUNTY.
WIDESPREAD RELATIVE HUMIDITY VALUES BELOW 30 PERCENT ARE OCCURRING WITH LOCAL VALUES IN THE TEENS AND SINGLE DIGITS.
AT THE SAME TIME FUEL MOISTURES HAVE FALLEN TO CRITICAL VALUES AFTER SEVERAL DAYS OF OFFSHORE WINDS LEADING INTO THIS EVENT ACROSS VENTURA AND LOS ANGELES COUNTY.
ALL TOGETHER THIS HAS RESULTED IN CRITICAL FIRE WEATHER CONDITIONS. WINDS WILL BEGIN TO DECREASE THIS AFTERNOON AND RISE ABOVE RED FLAG WARNING CRITERIA BY THIS EVENING.
... RED FLAG WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 8 PM PST THIS EVENING DUE TO STRONG WINDS AND LOW HUMIDITIES...

NORTH TO NORTHEAST WINDS 30 TO 45 MPH WITH GUSTS OVER 80 MPH THROUGH FAVORED PASSES AND CANYONS WILL CONTINUE THROUGH THE DAY.
SCATTERED HUMIDITY LEVELS IN THE SINGLE DIGITS WILL BE COMMON.

Instruction:
A RED FLAG WARNING MEANS THAT CRITICAL FIRE WEATHER CONDITIONS ARE OCCURRING NOW. A COMBINATION OF VERY STRONG WINDS AND LOW RELATIVE HUMIDITY WILL CREATE EXPLOSIVE FIRE GROWTH POTENTIAL. PLEASE ADVISE THE APPROPRIATE OFFICIALS OR FIRE CREWS IN THE FIELD OF THIS RED FLAG WARNING.

Area: SANTA MONICA MOUNTAINS RECREATIONAL AREA-VENTURA COUNTY MOUNTAINS / LOS PADRES NATIONAL FOREST-LOS ANGELES COUNTY MOUNTAINS / ANGELES NATIONAL FOREST-

Affected Counties or parts of: Santa Barbara, Ventura, San Luis Obispo, Los Angeles

Sent: 2007-12-25T10:06:47-08:00

Original Sender: KLOX@nwws.oes.ca.gov

From: NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE LOS ANGELES/OXNARD CA

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