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Thursday, January 12, 2012

Red Flag Warning: Los Angeles County Mountains and Santa Monica Range

RED FLAG WARNING IN EFFECT FROM 10 PM THIS EVENING TO 6 PM PST FRIDAY FOR GUSTY OFFSHORE NORTHEAST WINDS AND VERY LOW RELATIVE HUMIDITY FOR THE MOUNTAINS OF LOS ANGELES COUNTY.
 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.

Red Flag Warning / Critical Fire weather 
Critical Fire weather:  LIGHT OFFSHORE WINDS WILL AFFECT MUCH OF VENTURA AND LOS ANGELES COUNTIES TODAY BRINGING A WARMING AND DRYING TREND TO THE REGION. 
 OFFSHORE WINDS ARE EXPECTED TO BE A BIT STRONGER OVERNIGHT INTO FRIDAY WITH WIDESPREAD SINGLE DIGIT HUMIDITIES. 
THE STRONGEST WINDS WILL OCCUR IN THE MOUNTAINS OF LOS ANGELES COUNTY WHERE GUSTS AS HIGH AS 45 MPH CAN BE EXPECTED. 
 THIS IN COMBINATION WITH A LONG DURATION OF SINGLE DIGIT HUMIDITIES HAS PROMPTED THE ISSUANCE OF A RED FLAG WARNING FOR THE LOS ANGELES COUNTY MOUNTAINS INCLUDING THE SANTA MONICA RANGE. 
 OFFSHORE  WINDS ARE EXPECTED TO DIMINISH ON SATURDAY.
 HOWEVER SINGLE DIGIT HUMIDITIES ARE EXPECTED TO CONTINUE ACROSS MANY AREAS. IN ADDITION VERY POOR HUMIDITY RECOVERIES CAN BE EXPECTED TONIGHT AND FRIDAY NIGHT ACROSS THE MOUNTAINS AND FOOTHILLS AS WELL AS WIND PRONE AREAS.


 THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN LOS ANGELES/OXNARD HAS ISSUED A RED FLAG WARNING FOR GUSTY NORTHEAST WINDS AND VERY LOW RELATIVE  HUMIDITY
 WHICH IS IN EFFECT FROM 10 PM THIS EVENING TO 6 PM PST FRIDAY. 


THE FIRE WEATHER WATCH IS NO LONGER IN EFFECT.  


 WINDS: NORTHEAST 15 TO 30 MPH WITH GUSTS TO 45 MPH STRONGEST THROUGH PASSES AND CANYONS.
 RELATIVE HUMIDITY: A LONG DURATION OF SINGLE DIGIT HUMIDITIES ARE EXPECTED WITH HUMIDITY LEVELS AS LOW AS 5 PERCENT.
 IMPACTS: IF FIRE IGNITION OCCURS THERE COULD BE THE POTENTIAL FOR LARGE FIRE GROWTH WITH RAPID FIRE SPREAD. Instruction:
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.
Area:  SANTA MONICA MOUNTAINS RECREATIONAL AREA-LOS ANGELES COUNTY MOUNTAINS / ANGELES NATIONAL FOREST-
Affected Counties or parts of: Santa Barbara, Ventura, San Luis Obispo, Los Angeles
Sent: 2012-01-12T09:45:00-08:00

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