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Fire Weather Watch Issued for Monday, Tuesday

Record heat, low humidity are increasing the risk of more brush fires, officials said.

LOS ANGELES (CNS) - Red Flag warnings were posted today for Monday and Tuesday in the interior mountains of Los Angeles and Ventura counties.

Triple-digit temperatures are expected to set records on Monday, National Weather Service officials said.

The warnings mean high winds, hot temperatures and dry air can be expected to cause dangerous fire conditions in the San Gabriel Mountains and Santa Clarita Valley.

Although the warning does not include the Santa Monica Mountains, that area will be under a Fire Weather Watch both days.

The warnings and watch go into effect at 6 a.m. Monday and will expire at 6 p.m. Tuesday.

The classic Santa Ana Winds pattern is setting up courtesy of an autumn high pressure system developing over the Great Basin region of Nevada and Utah. It will push desert winds west and south toward the ocean, and compression forces the air through mountains at increased speeds and temperatures.

"Fire danger is expected to peal on Monday, when record-breaking triple-digit heat and widepsread single-digit humidities will combine with very-dry fuels," the NWS warned in a special statement issued Sunday morning.

Wind gusts of 20-30 mph were expected in the Santa Clarita Valley and the mountains of L.A. County Monday.

Cooler air will blow in Tuesday, fresh from the Pacific. But those winds will gust at around 25 mph, causing a brief confluence of heat, dryness and shifting winds Tuesday afternoon, the NWS said.

Dan Crandell September 30, 2012 at 10:07 PM
We must fully embrace the seriousness of this advanced warning. These next few days could bring about life changing events for hundreds of people. We have procedures in place which could lessen the impact of wild fire if only followed closely. If you received the Ready Set Go packet in the mail please read it. It not go to the cities website for information. Also let's watch the happenings around our neighborhoods. Strange cars and people doing strange things should be reported. We can always say sorry to an innocent person but an arsonist will never give us an apology. I've had enough of this hot stuff.
punkster October 01, 2012 at 05:56 PM
Our Wilderness Preserve should BE CLOSED............what is the Fire Chief doing in this regard?
Gayle M. Montgomery October 01, 2012 at 09:51 PM
I'd like to see smokers exercise more caution. I cannot tell you how many cars I see with their windows rolled down with smokers inside who put their cigarette to the window and flick the ashes. It's bad enough to suck up the residual smoke into one's car as a result, but those flicked ashes could be the start of a devastating fire. If you must smoke, roll up your windows for goodness sakes and use your ashtray.
j October 02, 2012 at 09:35 PM
the cars made today do not come with ashtrays, they figure it will stop people from smoking. they dont come with lighters or ashtrays.

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