Strong Winds Prompt Red Flag Warning in L.A., Ventura Counties

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Strong, gusty winds and low humidity in Los Angeles and Ventura counties on Tuesday prompted forecasters to issue a red flag warning.


File photo of a Southern California freeway sign warning of high winds. (Credit: Getty Images)

The red flag warning was scheduled to go into effect Wednesday at 6 a.m. and last until 6 p.m., according to the National Weather Service.

The warning came amid conditions Tuesday that were considered a “high fire weather concern,” forecasters said.

A fire weather watch that was initially scheduled to be in place Wednesday has been canceled.

A high wind advisory that had been issued for Tuesday was also canceled. Instead, a high wind watch was slated to be in effect through Wednesday evening, according to the weather service.

Winds with gusts of up to 50 miles per hour were expected to hit areas of Southern California Tuesday morning and last until early evening, forecasters said.

The winds had the potential to bring “extreme fire behavior” if a fire was started, according to the weather service.

Concerns over high fire danger were expected to last until Thursday, forecasters said.

The weather service also warned that powerful winds could make driving difficult, especially for taller vehicles.

Strong gusts also had the potential to down power lines and trees and cause property damage.

Residents were advised to secure all loose outdoor furniture in advance of the strong winds.