Fire weather warning issued

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The National Weather Service has issued a Fire Weather Watch for Los Angeles and Ventura Counties, in effect late Wednesday through late Friday afternoon.

The warning was issued due to strong northeast winds and low relative humidity, conditions prompting fire risk. According to the advisory, peak sustained winds are expected to exceed 40 miles per hour, with gusts likely exceeding 60 miles per hour. The winds will help maintain low humidity readings, particularly over the coats and valleys.

“The combination of very strong winds and low relative humidity, as well as sufficiently dry fuels should result in favorable conditions for rapid fire growth if fire ignition occurs,” the warning from the NWS states.

The winds should weaken by Friday evening, but occasionally gusty winds may remain throughout the weekend.