Red Flag Warning in Effect as Dangerous Fire Weather Conditions Return to L.A., Ventura Counties

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Red Flag warnings were in effect Sunday as Santa Ana winds returned to Southern California, bringing dangerous fire weather conditions.

With dry winds gusting at up to 50 miles per hour, any fires that ignite in Ventura County and Los Angeles County mountain and valley areas could spread rapidly, the National Weather Service said.

The warning remains in effect until 6 p.m. Sunday as forecasters expect temperatures of up to 95 degrees in some areas.

Parts of the Santa Clarita Valley and Ventura County are under the most critical fire weather risk as record high temperatures sweep through the region and humidities below 10% are expected, according to NWS.

When Santa Ana winds hit earlier this month and last month, numerous wildfires ignited across the state. Together, the blazes cut through thousands of acres, sending hundreds of firefighters into fierce battles as plumes of smoke billowed over communities and residents had to evacuate their homes.

A small brush fire broke out in Topanga Saturday afternoon and burned four acres. Firefighters had it 100% contained five hours after it ignited along the 1200 block of North Topanga Canyon Boulevard, according to the Los Angeles County Fire Department.

Capt. Gabriel Huerta said the L.A. County Fire Department deployed two additional strike teams to Santa Clarita and Malibu after the warning was issued.

Residents were reminded to check the brush surrounding their property, extinguish all outdoor fires properly and never throw cigarettes or matches out of a moving vehicle or leave a fire unattended.

Huerta described Sunday's weather conditions as "the calm before the storm" and asked residents to be ready in case they have to evacuate.

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