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Red flag warning issued for Southern California due to wildfire threat

Christian Fernsby |
A red flag warning was issued for some areas in Southern California due to extreme wildfire risk Thursday and Friday, said the National Weather Service.

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The red flag warning is going to be in effect through Friday evening over most of Los Angeles and Ventura Counties as Santa Ana winds bring a new round of high gusts, warm temperatures and low humidity, said the agency.

Peak wind gusts between 45 and 65 mph (72 and 105 km per hour) are expected. Minimum humidities will likely lower well below 10 percent, with maximum temperatures between 87 degrees Fahrenheit and 97 degrees Fahrenheit (about 30.5 degrees Celsius and 36.1 degrees Celsius), according to the National Weather Service Los Angeles.

"A Red Flag Warning means that critical fire weather conditions are either occurring now... or will shortly," said the agency. It also urged local residents to use extreme caution with potential fire ignition sources.

More than 308,000 customers in seven counties, namely Los Angeles, Santa Barbara, San Bernardino, Ventura, Orange, Riverside and Kern counties in Southern California, could face blackouts, according to Southern California Edison, the primary electricity company in Southern California.

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