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URGENT - FIRE WEATHER MESSAGE
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE LOS ANGELES/OXNARD CA
115 PM PST SAT NOV 22 2014

...RED FLAG WARNING IN EFFECT FROM LATE TONIGHT THROUGH SUNDAY
MORNING FOR GUSTY WINDS AND LOW RELATIVE HUMIDITY OVER THE SANTA
BARBARA COUNTY MOUNTAINS AND SOUTH COAST...

...FIRE WEATHER WATCH IN EFFECT FROM SUNDAY EVENING THROUGH
TUESDAY AFTERNOON FOR GUSTY WINDS AND LOW HUMIDITY FOR MUCH OF LOS
ANGELES AND VENTURA COUNTIES...

.A MODERATE TO STRONG SUNDOWNER IS EXPECTED TONIGHT INTO SUNDAY
MORNING ACROSS SOUTHERN SANTA BARBARA COUNTY. SUSTAINED WINDS
BETWEEN 30 AND 40 MPH WITH GUSTS OF 50 TO 60 MPH ARE POSSIBLE IN
THE WINDIEST AREAS. HUMIDITIES WILL BEGIN ELEVATED...BUT WILL
BEGIN DROPPING FROM THE SAN RAFAEL RANGE SOUTH DURING THE EVENING
AND CONTINUE OVERNIGHT. AS A RESULT...CRITICAL FIRE WEATHER
CONDITIONS ARE EXPECTED OVER SOUTHERN SANTA BARBARA
COUNTY...INCLUDING THE MONTECITO AREA.

ON SUNDAY WINDS WILL SHIFT TO THE NORTHEAST WITH ISOLATED GUSTS
UP TO 60 MPH POSSIBLE ACROSS VENTURA AND LOS ANGELES COUNTIES.
HUMIDITIES ARE EXPECTED TO REMAIN ABOVE CRITICAL LEVELS IN MOST
AREAS SUNDAY WITH JUST ISOLATED LOCATIONS AROUND 15 PERCENT AND
MOST AREAS BETWEEN 20 AN 30 PERCENT. BY SUNDAY NIGHT AND MONDAY
WIDESPREAD HUMIDITIES BELOW 15 PERCENT ARE EXPECTED. THE STRONGEST
WINDS...LOWEST HUMIDITIES...AND WARMEST TEMPERATURES ARE EXPECTED
ON TUESDAY.

THERE IS A CHANCE THAT RED FLAG CONDITIONS WILL CONTINUE BEYOND
TUESDAY AFTERNOON. THE FORECAST FOR WEDNESDAY IS CALLING FOR
LITTLE CHANGE IN HUMIDITIES...SLIGHTLY WARMER TEMPERATURES...BUT
LIGHTER WINDS.

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SANTA BARBARA COUNTY SOUTH COAST-SANTA BARBARA COUNTY MOUNTAINS-
115 PM PST SAT NOV 22 2014

...RED FLAG WARNING IN EFFECT FROM MIDNIGHT TONIGHT TO 10 AM PST
SUNDAY FOR GUSTY WINDS AND LOW RELATIVE HUMIDITY OVER THE
SANTA BARBARA COUNTY MOUNTAINS AND SOUTH COAST...

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN LOS ANGELES/OXNARD HAS ISSUED A
RED FLAG WARNING FOR GUSTY WINDS AND LOW RELATIVE HUMIDITY...WHICH
IS IN EFFECT FROM MIDNIGHT TONIGHT TO 10 AM PST SUNDAY.

* WINDS...AREAS OF NORTH TO NORTHEAST WINDS 20 TO 40 MPH WITH
  GUSTS TO 60 MPH. STRONGEST THROUGH AND BELOW THE SANTA YNEZ
  RANGE. GUSTY WINDS WILL BEGIN THIS AFTERNOON...PEAKING THIS
  EVENING ACROSS THE WESTERN PORTION OF THE SANTA YNEZ RANGE AND
  BETWEEN MIDNIGHT AND 6 AM IN THE MONTECITO AREA.

* RELATIVE HUMIDITY...HUMIDITIES WILL START OUT ABOVE CRITICAL
  LEVELS THROUGH THE EVENING...THEN DROP TO BETWEEN 15 AND 20
  PERCENT ACROSS HIGHER ELEVATIONS BY AROUND MIDNIGHT AND AFTER 3
  AM ACROSS THE LOWER COASTAL SLOPES.

* TEMPERATURES...OVERNIGHT TEMPERATURES IN THE 60S TO LOWER 70S.

* IMPACTS...RAPID FIRE GROWTH AND EXTREME FIRE BEHAVIOR IS
  POSSIBLE IF FIRE IGNITION OCCURS.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

A RED FLAG WARNING MEANS THAT CRITICAL FIRE WEATHER CONDITIONS
ARE EITHER OCCURRING NOW...OR WILL SHORTLY. A COMBINATION OF
STRONG WINDS...LOW RELATIVE HUMIDITY...AND WARM TEMPERATURES WILL
CREATE EXTREME FIRE BEHAVIOR. PLEASE ADVISE THE APPROPRIATE
OFFICIALS OR FIRE CREWS IN THE FIELD OF THIS RED FLAG WARNING.

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