Ventura, L.A. Counties under Red Flag warning amid dry, gusty winds

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LOS ANGELES (KNX) — Red Flag warnings were issued across Los Angeles and Ventura Counties Thursday, due to gusty northeast winds and “very low” relative humidity, according to the National Weather Service.

Santa Ana winds between 30 to 50 mph will continue Thursday night, then decrease further to 20 to 40 mph on Friday, before decreasing to 15 to 30 mph by Saturday and Sunday.

Meanwhile, very low humidities will change little through Saturday, with daily minimums of two to 10% common and poor overnight recoveries especially in the valleys and mountains, according to the National Weather Service.

Red Flag Warnings will remain in effect through 6 p.m. on Friday, NWS said, adding that there is a 50% chance that the coastal areas, San Fernando and San Gabriel Valleys will not reach Red Flag criteria past 6 a.m. Friday.

“There is also a 30% chance that the Ventura Valleys, Santa Clarita Valley, and interior mountains will need to be extended into Saturday or Sunday,” NWS said.

In the mountains - Santa Monica, Ventura County, L.A. County 
Red Flag warnings remain in effect until 6 p.m. Friday, for gusty northeast winds and low relative humidity for the mountains of L.A. and Ventura Counties.

Northeast winds are expected to reach between 20 and 30 mph with gusts to 50 mph through Thursday afternoon, then gradually lower to between 15 and 25 mph with gusts to 40 mph by late Friday. Relative humidity is expected to go as low as two to eight  percent each day with very poor to no overnight recoveries.

If fire ignition occurs, NWS said conditions will be favorable for rapid fire spread, long range spotting and extreme fire behavior which would threaten life and property.

In the valleys
Red Flag warnings remain in effect until 6 p.m. Friday for gusty northeast winds and low relative humidity.

Northeast winds between 15 and 25 mph with gusts to 40 mph are expected through Thursday afternoon and are expected to then gradually lower to between 10 and 20 mph with gusts up to 30 mph by late Friday.

The warning impacts the Ventura County's coast, interior valleys, coastal valleys, the Santa Clarita valley and both the L.A. and San Fernando Valleys.

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