Critical fire weather warning in effect Wednesday

Warm and dry conditions combined with gusty offshore winds have prompted the National Weather Service to issue a red flag warning for the Santa Monica Mountains. The warning will be in effect from 8 p.m. on Wednesday until 5 p.m. on Thursday, with a possible extension through Friday.

Northeast winds are expected to sweep through the region, hitting around 40-55 miles-per-hour in the mountains. The winds will dry out the area, with the relative humidity predicted to drop to near or below 10 percent. The dry and windy conditions create a high danger for fires.

“The combination of gusty winds, hot temperatures and a very dry air mass will likely bring critical fire weather conditions to the valleys and mountains of Los Angeles and Ventura Counties Wednesday and Thursday, and possibly Friday,” a warning issued by the National Weather Service stated.

The Malibu Times is the first newspaper in Malibu, serving the community since 1946.

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