Fire danger high for next few days in SoCal mountains

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The hot and dry weather has triggered a red flag warning from the National Weather Service. KPCC's Susan Valot says it’ll stay in effect until Friday night.

The area covered by the red flag warning starts in San Luis Obispo, runs through the Los Padres National Forest in eastern Santa Barbara County and northern Ventura County, and into the Angeles National Forest of Los Angeles County. Throughout that entire area, the fire conditions are nearly perfect.

It’s hot, with highs near 90. It’s dry, with humidity at or below a crispy 10 percent. And there’s a lot of fuel to burn. We’ve seen that with the Morris Fire in the San Gabriel Mountains, and with the stubborn La Brea Fire in Santa Barbara County. That one’s burned 90,000 acres.

The fire hazard you don’t have right now are strong and consistent winds. We’ll get those in the weeks to come. One note: The red flag warning doesn’t include Big Bear, Lake Arrowhead, and the rest of the San Bernardino Mountains. But it’s still hot and dry there, too.