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Saturday, January 28, 2012

Red Flag Warning: San Diego, Riverside, San Bernardino, Orange counties

RED FLAG WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 6 PM PST THIS EVENING FOR STRONG GUSTY NORTHEAST TO EAST WINDS AND LOW HUMIDITY FOR LOWER ELEVATIONS AND FOR COASTAL SLOPES OF THE MOUNTAINS BELOW 4000 FEET.


RED FLAG WARNING

 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.



 WINDS: NORTHEAST 15 TO 30 MPH WITH GUSTS TO 45 MPH.
 RELATIVE HUMIDITY: LOWEST DAYTIME AROUND 5 PERCENT WITH POOR OVERNIGHT RECOVERY.

DISCUSSION: .SURFACE HIGH PRESSURE OVER THE GREAT BASIN AND HIGH PRESSURE ALOFT WILL BRING WARMER AND VERY DRY WEATHER THROUGH SUNDAY WITH STRONG AND GUSTY NORTHEAST TO EAST WINDS THROUGH EARLY EVENING.
 GRADUALLY DECREASING TONIGHT THROUGH SUNDAY MORNING. LOW HUMIDITY WILL CONTINUE INTO SUNDAY BUT WIND WILL BECOME MORE ISOLATED AND WEAKER.
 RECENT RAINFALL AND THE IMPACT ON FUELS WILL CONTINUE TO BE A SIGNIFICANT MITIGATING FACTOR.

AFFECTED AREA: ORANGE COUNTY COASTAL AREAS - SAN BERNARDINO AND RIVERSIDE COUNTY VALLEYS - THE INLAND EMPIRE - SAN DIEGO COUNTY INLAND VALLEYS - SAN BERNARDINO COUNTY MOUNTAINS INCLUDING THE MOUNTAIN TOP AND FRONT COUNTRY RANGER DISTRICTS OF THE SAN BERNARDINO NATIONAL FOREST - RIVERSIDE COUNTY MOUNTAINS INCLUDING THE SAN JACINTO RANGER DISTRICT OF THE SAN BERNARDINO NATIONAL FOREST - SANTA ANA MOUNTAINS INCLUDING THE TRABUCO RANGER DISTRICT OF THE CLEVELAND NATIONAL FOREST - SAN DIEGO COUNTY MOUNTAINS INCLUDING THE PALOMAR AND DESCANSO RANGER DISTRICTS OF THE CLEVELAND NATIONAL FOREST-

AFFECTED COUNTIES OR PARTS OF:  SAN DIEGO COUNTY ,  RIVERSIDE COUNTY ,  SAN BERNARDINO, ORANGE COUNTY


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