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Red-Flag Warning Extended Through Sunday Night as Sand Fire Rages

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Helicopters drop water on flames from a fast-growing brush fire that has burned nearly 20,000 acres along the 14 Freeway east of Santa Clarita. (Credit: Francine Orr / Los Angeles Times)

The National Weather Service has extended a red flag fire danger warning for the mountains of Los Angeles County through 10 p.m. Sunday, citing gusty southwest winds, low humidity and high temperatures.

Winds could gust up to 35 mph Sunday, with humidity falling to between 8% and 15%.

“These conditions, as well as very dry fuel conditions, will result in the potential for extreme fire behavior and rapid fire growth if ignition occurs,” the weather service said in a statement.

The Sand fire burning near Santa Clarita had consumed about 20,000 acres as of Saturday evening and was about 10% contained.

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