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Heat, Santa Ana Winds Bring Critical Fire Weather Conditions in SoCal

A combination of strong, gusty winds and low relative humidity will raise the risk of fire danger throughout Southern California beginning Saturday night and continuing through Monday afternoon, according to the National Weather Service.

A worker places cones around a downed tree in Porter Ranch on Jan. 27, 2018. (Credit: KTLA)

A worker places cones around a downed tree in Porter Ranch on Jan. 27, 2018. (Credit: KTLA)

A red flag warning will be in place from 10 p.m. Saturday through 3 p.m. Monday, as warm Santa Ana winds blow through the region. Winds will gust to 55 mph in the mountains, and from 40 to 50 mph in the San Fernando and Ventura County valleys, peaking Sunday morning.

The weekend also will bring very low relative humidity, in the single digits in some areas, as temperatures climb into the 80s on Sunday and Monday, forecasters said.

"It's very dry — far below normal for this time of year, but it's also kind of typical with a Santa Ana winds condition," said David Sweet, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Oxnard.

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