Red Flag Warning Issued for Los Angeles and Ventura Counties Amid Dry Conditions

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Palm trees are hit by high winds in a file photo. (Credit: KTLA)

A red flag warning remained in effect Friday morning for much of Los Angeles and Ventura counties, amid gusty northeast winds and “very low” relative humidity, officials said.

The conditions resulted in several hours of critical fire weather conditions, which were expected to continue through the late afternoon, according to the National Weather Service.

Peak gusts were forecast to vary between 30 mph and 40 mph, with widespread minimum humidities under 10 percent, the Weather Service said in a statement. Isolated gusts of 45 mph were possible in some locations.

Residents in the affected area could expect winds to weaken significantly Friday evening and into Saturday, the agency said, but very dry conditions were likely to persist.

The red flag warning was scheduled to expire at 6 p.m.

In the event of a fire, the arid conditions were “favorable for extreme fire behavior, which would threaten life and property” the statement said.