Warm temps, strong winds keep red flag warning in effect: Warning remains until Friday at 6PM

SAN DIEGO - A red flag wildfire warning was in effect Thursday in San Diego-area valleys and mountains for a fourth consecutive day due to lingering heat, high winds and dry air.

The National Weather Service alert, set to expire at 6 p.m. Friday, advises the public to be mindful of "critical" combustion hazards in the subject areas.

The warning, issued Monday and initially set to expire on Wednesday evening, has been extended twice.

The forecast called for sustained winds up to 30 mph out of the northeast and gusts up to 60 mph, coupled with daytime humidity levels as low as 5 percent.

The arid, unseasonably warm conditions were expected to persist into the weekend, coupled with weakening winds, forecasters said.

Thursday's high temperatures were 75 to 80 degrees near the coast, around 83 inland, 82 to 87 in the valleys, 67 to 76 in the mountains and 76 to 81 in the deserts.

Meanwhile, firefighters at Cal Fire headquarters in Rancho San Diego remain on high alert. They are operating under critical fire danger standards and are fully staffed.

Also, a wildfire erupted near in the foothills of Los Angeles.

Two brush fires, within a few miles of each other, also broke out in San Diego County on Wednesday. Firefighters were able to quickly get them under control, but it was a strong reminder that even though this is January, the risk is still there.

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