Dry, windy weather prompts red flag wildfire warning

SAN DIEGO - A red flag warning remains in effect until 6 p.m. Sunday for the county's inland valley and mountain areas.

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The red flag warning for inland valley and mountain areas stated that the gusty winds combined with low humidity and warm weather "will contribute to extreme fire behavior."

Saturday morning, gusts of 70 miles per hour were recorded on Sill Hill, 65 mph on Big Black Mountain, 59 mph in Hellhole Canyon, 58 mph in Boulder Creek and 56 mph in Buckman Springs, according to National Weather Service remote observations.

A wind advisory, which expired at noon Sunday, called for winds of 15-25 mph with gusts to 45 mph in the valleys and 50 mph in the mountains.

Blowing dust could impact motorists' visibility and driving could become difficult for those in high profile vehicles, along portions of Interstate 8 and state highways 78 and 79, according to the NWS.

On Saturday, San Diego Gas & Electric crews darkened power lines to about 85 customers in Descanso, Green Valley Falls, Cuyamaca, Viejas and Boulder Creek areas to "protect public safety" and as a precaution.

Service was restored after winds had subsided, utility officials said.

A SDG&E spokeswoman told U-T San Diego Saturday's outage was the first since SDG&E implemented policy changes mandating outages during extreme wind, enacted after the 2007 wildfires.

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