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Incoming Santa Ana Winds Prompt Fire Warnings

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Incoming Santa Ana Winds Prompt Fire Warnings

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LOS ANGELES (CNS)—Santa Ana winds will make a return to Southern California Jan. 14, bringing the region a taste of warm winter weather but also raising the risk of wildfires with gusty and dry conditions. Winds began building Jan. 13  in some areas, most notably in the western San Fernando Valley, where gusts of 35 to 45 mile per hour were reported, according to the National Weather Service (NWS). A high-pressure system was building and advancing into the area, and forecasters said it will bring warm and dry conditions, pushing humidity levels down starting the afternoon of Jan. 14, possibly into the 5 to 10 percent range. The dry conditions are expected to continue into at least Jan. 16. A red flag warning of critical fire danger conditions will be in effect from 4 p.m. Jan. 14 to 4 p.m. Jan. 15 for the Santa Monica Mountains recreational area, Los …

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