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Monday, December 5, 2011

RED FLAG WARNING: ORANGE COUNTY COASTAL AREAS-SAN BERNARDINO-RIVERSIDE COUNTY VALLEYS

    CRITICAL FIRE WEATHER
     RED FLAG WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 4 PM PST TUESDAY FOR GUSTY NORTHEAST WINDS AND LOW RELATIVE HUMIDITY FOR ORANGE COUNTY COASTAL AREAS, SAN BERNARDINO, RIVERSIDE COUNTY VALLEYS, THE INLAND EMPIRE, SANTA ANA MOUNTAINS, INCLUDING THE TRABUCO RANGER DISTRICT OF THE CLEVELAND NATIONAL FOREST DISCUSSION: A LOW PRESSURE SYSTEM MOVING SOUTHWARD THROUGH THE GREAT BASIN INTO ARIZONA WILL BRING STRONG GUSTY NORTH TO NORTHEAST WINDS AND LOW HUMIDITIES THROUGH TUESDAY. WEAKER NORTHEAST WINDS AND LOW HUMIDITIES WILL CONTINUE INTO THURSDAY. RED FLAG WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM 6 AM THIS MORNING TO 4 PM PST TUESDAY FOR STRONG GUSTY WINDS AND LOW HUMIDITIES * WINDS: NORTHEAST 20 TO 30 MPH TODAY WITH GUSTS TO 60 MPH THROUGH AND BELOW PASSES AND CANYONS AND NEAR COASTAL FOOTHILLS...BECOMING 15 TO 25 MPH WITH GUSTS TO 45 MPH TONIGHT AND TUESDAY...DIMINISHING TUESDAY AFTERNOON. * RELATIVE HUMIDITY: LOWEST DAYTIME AROUND 10 PERCENT WITH POOR OVERNIGHT RECOVERY. * OUTLOOK: WEAKER NORTHEAST WINDS, LOW DAYTIME HUMIDITIES AND POOR OVERNIGHT RECOVERIES WILL CONTINUE THROUGH THURSDAY.   PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS:  Instruction: A RED FLAG WARNING MEANS THAT CRITICAL FIRE WEATHER CONDITIONS ARE EITHER OCCURRING NOW...OR WILL SHORTLY. A COMBINATION OF STRONG WINDS... LOW RELATIVE HUMIDITY... AND WARM TEMPERATURES WILL CREATE EXPLOSIVE FIRE GROWTH POTENTIAL. Area: ORANGE COUNTY COASTAL AREAS-SAN BERNARDINO AND RIVERSIDE COUNTY VALLEYS-THE INLAND EMPIRE-SANTA ANA MOUNTAINS-INCLUDING THE TRABUCO RANGER DISTRICT OF THE CLEVELAND NATIONALFOREST- California Fire News 2011 

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