LA, Ventura counties under red flag warning as strong winds, low humidity increase fire risk

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A red flag warning went into effect in much of the Los Angeles area Sunday morning as gusty winds and low humidity in the Southland increased the fire hazard.

The warning, which covers most of the Los Angeles and Ventura counties, went into effect at 9 a.m. and will last until 3 p.m. Monday, according to the National Weather Service.

Peak wind activity is expected on Sunday morning and afternoon.

“Winds are expected to last through Monday morning, but wind speeds are expected to be 10 to 25 mph less than Sunday,” the NWS said. “Humidity is expected to drop to about 15 to 20 percent by mid-morning Sunday, possibly dropping to between 8 and 15 percent by Sunday afternoon and evening, and again on Monday.”

Authorities predict critical fire conditions as the combination of high winds, low humidity and dry fuels can contribute to rapid fire spread.

“You want to make sure that if you break down, or if your car starts smoking on the side of the road, you don’t pull it into that undergrowth on the edge,” said Capt. Sara Rathburn of the LA County Fire Department. “We get a lot of car fires that turn into forest fires. And on a day like today, they’re harder to catch.”

Megan Telles reports for the KTLA 5 Morning News on November 21, 2021.

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