SoCal fire danger to rise Wednesday

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red flagLOS ANGELES (AP) – The National Weather Service has issued Red Flag warnings for fire danger Wednesday across the mountains, valleys and deserts of Los Angeles, Ventura and Santa Barbara counties.

Forecasters say low pressure dropping down the California coast could trigger thunderstorms containing little or no rainfall but with potential for dry lightning strikes and gusty winds. The recent heat wave has left fuels very dry.

In the inland region east of Los Angeles, flash flood watches are in effect Tuesday for the mountains and deserts of San Bernardino, Riverside and San Diego counties because of an overnight increase in moisture and instability.

In the high-desert Antelope Valley north of Los Angeles, the weather service note that Monday’s 102-degree high in Lancaster lengthened its record-setting stretch of triple-digit heat to 23 days.

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