Published: Tue, December 05, 2017
Worldwide | By Isabel Fisher

Red Flag warning in place for Santa Barbara, Ventura Counties

Red Flag warning in place for Santa Barbara, Ventura Counties

The warning goes into effect at 6 p.m. Sunday and extends until 6 a.m. Monday, according to the National Weather Service in Oxnard.

Fire crews from Northern California were dispatched south Sunday, as Cal Fire moved 10 fire trucks and be pre-positioned to south of the Tehachapis.

However, in true California fashion, they're expected to keep things dry and windy, without the windchill one might generally expect from winds that could reach up to 60 miles per hour, said John Dumas, meteorologist for the National Weather Service.

Forecasts say the winds will peak Monday night into Tuesday morning and Wednesday night into Thursday morning.

A red flag warning means there is a potential for the rapid spread of wildfires. Fire weather officials caution that any fires that spark will have the ability to grow very rapidly and exhibit other kinds of extreme fire behavior, such as fire whirls or "tornadoes" and erratic spreading.

The mountains in Ventura County are also under a red flag warning. Relative humidity was expected to drop to around 15 percent.

In the San Gabriel Mountains, Los Angeles County closed two roads where fires often break out: Glendora Mountain Road and Glendora Ridge Road.

Forecasters say the offshore flow is likely to last into next week, and that San Diego is unlikely to receive significant rain for the first half of December.

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