SAN DIEGO - The 10News Pinpoint Weather Team said dry conditions coupled with gusty Santa Ana Winds raised the threat of wildfire in the inland valleys and mountains of San Diego County Monday.
Weathercaster Robert Santos said a red flag warning was issued for the inland valleys and mountains until 6 p.m. Wednesday, due to forecasts of sustained winds of 20 to 30 mph and gusts up to 60 mph. A red flag warning is the National Weather Service's most serious fire-related warning.
In addition to strong winds, the inland valleys and mountains Monday were likely to see a low daytime humidity of around 5 to 10 percent, Santos said.
In response to the red flag warning, the Cleveland National Forest implemented a 24-hour staffing plan.
"Typically during the winter, our firefighters work from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. But because of the current fire danger level, we need our firefighters to be able to respond to a fire immediately in order to reduce the potential of a large damaging fire," said Fire Management Officer Carlton Joseph.
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A less-serious high wind warning was also issued for the valleys and mountains until noon Wednesday. A high wind warning is issued when hazardous winds capable of causing property damage are occurring or expected.
Neither warning extended to coastal areas or the county's deserts.
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