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Dry lightning, wind predictions prompt critical fire warning through Wednesday

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A "Red Flag" warning has been issued by the National Weather Service for fire danger across our heatwave hampered region.

Critical fire weather conditions could occur through 5 p.m. Wednesday for the mountains, valleys and deserts of Los Angeles, Ventura and Santa Barbara counties.

According to forecasters, thunderstorms containing little or no rainfall -- but with potential for dry lightning and wind gusts -- could occur as low pressure drops along the California coast.

Meteorologist Stuart Seto told KPCC that dry lightning strikes could fuel wildfires.

"There’s not a lot of precipitation with these storms. So it’s like regular lightning, but the precipitation isn’t there to put out the fires. And also with these thunderstorms, there could be gusty outflow winds. And that’s mainly winds that are coming out of thunderstorms that could enhance some of the fires."

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Wildfire warning: A 'red flag' blows in the dry SoCal wind

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This Aug. 30, 2009 file photo shows a deer escaping a wildfire in the Angeles National Forest near Los Angeles.

Gusty winds and dry air have created a perfect storm for fire weather in the Los Angeles/Oxnard region prompting the National Weather Service to issue an urgent "red flag warning" on Monday. The Antelope Valley and foothills are officially on alert beginning at noon, and continuing into Tuesday evening.

The California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection keeps a list of current major fire incidents on its website, and also posts updates via its official CAL Fire Twitter accounts.

The Los Angeles Fire Department has a preparedness guide and action plan to help protect your home, your family and yourself, in the event of a disasterous wind-driven wildfire.

Lisa Brenner can be reached via Twitter @lisa_brenner

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