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Strong Winds Felt in So-Cal

26 Nov 2021, 3:40 pm

High winds and critical fire weather danger return to southern California today (Friday) as a ridge of high pressure builds back into the region.

These down-sloping winds off of the mountains will increase as they hit the valleys and dry things out. We’ve already seen some impressive gusts from Thursday.

The Magnolia Fire started Thursday morning about 15 miles northeast of San Diego near Santee. Fire fighters have been able to stop the spread of this fire and no damage has occurred.

Fire Alerts

Red flag warnings have been issued for Los Angeles and its surrounding communities in southern California. These alerts indicate where dry and gusty conditions are expected for at least several hours, leading to elevated fire danger. Make sure you are avoiding doing anything that could start a fire!

Critical fire weather conditions are in place today for parts of southern California, north of Los Angeles. If you’re planning on celebrating the holiday by shooting off fireworks, don’t! Gusty winds, warm temperatures and low relative humidity means any new spark could lead to a quickly-growing fire.

Temperatures are expected to stay at or above normal through the rest of the week as the Santa Ana flow continues.

For more on the wind & fire danger, join WeatherNation for your Top Weather Headlines and western regional forecast :50 past the hour.

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