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Riverside County to go under red flag warning Sunday


Last updated 11/10/2018 at 5:26pm

RIVERSIDE - Santa Ana winds will sweep through the region from Sunday to Tuesday, prompting a red flag warning for the county's valleys and mountains, as major wildfires continue to burn throughout the state, the National Weather Service said.

The red flag warning will go into effect at 6 a.m. Sunday and expire at 5 p.m. Tuesday with wind speeds predicted to be around 20 to 30 mph, with gusts up to 50 mph in most areas and 70 mph below passes and canyons, the NWS said.

Winds are expected to be strongest on Monday night and Tuesday in the San Gorgonio Pass and on the coastal slopes of the Riverside County mountains.

Combined with single-digit humidity, the strong winds will create dangerous fire weather that could cause a blaze to spread rapidly, according to forecasters.

Los Angeles and Ventura counties, where the Woolsey and Hill fires have destroyed at least 150 homes and forced the evacuations of more than 200,000 people, were already under a red flag warning that was set to continue until Tuesday. And parts of Northern California, where the Camp Fire has scorched more than 100,000 acres and leveled the town of Paradise, were to be under a similar red flag warning from Saturday night through Monday morning.

Riverside County residents, along with most of the Southland, were under a no burn order from the South Coast Air Quality Management District

through the end of Saturday, meaning indoor fireplace use and outdoor wood burning is prohibited due to poor air quality.

The order excludes the Coachella Valley and the high desert, residences above 3,000 feet in elevation, low-income households and homes where wood burning is the only source of heat.


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