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URGENT - FIRE WEATHER MESSAGE
National Weather Service Los Angeles/Oxnard CA
946 PM PST Tue Jan 19 2021

...RED FLAG WARNING IN UNTIL 10 AM PST WEDNESDAY FOR THE SANTA
BARBARA AND SAN LUIS OBISPO COUNTY MOUNTAINS, CENTRAL COAST, AND
SANTA YNEZ VALLEY...

.Moderate to strong and offshore winds will continue to affect
portions of Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo Counties through
Wednesday morning. Damaging wind gusts of 60 to 70 mph are
likely across the higher mountain areas. The lowest humidities
will continue to affect coastal and valley areas where downslope
drying has been maximized. There will be an increased risk of fire
ignitions due to downed trees and powerlines, along with the
threat of rapid fire spread and extreme fire behavior, especially
considering the very dry fuels in place across Southwest
California.

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San Luis Obispo County Central Coast-
Santa Barbara County Central Coast-Santa Ynez Valley-
San Luis Obispo County Mountains / Los Padres National Forest-
Santa Barbara County Mountains-
946 PM PST Tue Jan 19 2021

...RED FLAG WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 10 AM PST WEDNESDAY
FOR STRONG AND LOCALLY DAMAGING NORTHEAST TO EAST WINDS AND
MODERATELY LOW RELATIVE HUMIDITY FOR THE CENTRAL COAST, SANTA
YNEZ VALLEY, AND MOUNTAINS OF SAN LUIS OBISPO AND SANTA BARBARA
COUNTIES...

* Winds...Northeast to east winds 20 to 35 mph with gusts of 35
  to 50 mph are expected for the Central Coast and Santa Ynez
  Valley, strongest in the foothills. For the mountains,
  northeast to east winds 30 to 50 mph with damaging wind gusts
  of 60 to 70 mph likely.

* Relative Humidity...15 to 30 percent.

* Impacts...If fire ignition occurs, conditions will be
  favorable for rapid fire spread, long range spotting, and
  extreme fire behavior which would threaten life and property.
  Due to the strength of the expected winds, there will be an
  increased potential for downed trees and powerlines, causing
  an increased threat of fire ignitions. In addition, there will
  be an increased risk for power outages.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

A Red Flag Warning means that critical fire weather conditions
are either occurring now....or will shortly. A combination of
strong winds and low relative humidity can contribute to extreme
fire behavior. Use extreme caution with potential fire ignition
sources.

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