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Friday, September 23, 2011

RED FLAG WARNING / DRY LIGHTNING / CRITICAL FIRE WEATHER

THE RED FLAG WARNING IS NOW IN EFFECT UNTIL 11 PM PDT THIS EVENING.  

* THUNDERSTORMS... WIDELY SCATTERED THUNDERSTORMS WILL PRODUCE DRY LIGHTNING LATER TODAY...AND CONTINUE THROUGH THIS EVENING.
* OUTFLOW WINDS... ANY THUNDERSTORMS THAT DEVELOP TODAY WILL BE CAPABLE OF PRODUCING WIND GUSTS UP TO 40 MPH.
* IMPACTS... WITH DRY FUELS...ANY LIGHTNING STRIKES WILL BE CAPABLE OF IGNITING A FIRE.
THE POTENTIAL FOR GUSTY OUTFLOW WINDS COULD RESULT IN A RAPID FIRE SPREAD.
Instruction:
RED FLAG WARNING MEANS THAT CRITICAL FIRE WEATHER CONDITIONS ARE EITHER OCCURRING NOW...OR WILL SHORTLY. A COMBINATION OF DRY LIGHTNING...GUSTY OUTFLOW WINDS...AND 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.

Area: SAN LUIS OBISPO COUNTY INTERIOR VALLEYS-CUYAMA VALLEY- ANTELOPE VALLEY
Counties:  Santa Barbara, Ventura, San Luis Obispo, Los Angeles

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