High winds pose wildfire danger

SAN DIEGO (CNS) – A red flag warning signifying a high risk of wildfire
is in effect Wednesday in much of San Diego County because of a combination of
fierce Santa Ana winds, dry vegetation and low humidity.

The National Weather Service said winds of between 20 and 30 miles per
hour blew through mountain locales, gusting to between 40 and 50 mph this
morning.

It said the strongest gusts would occur in such areas as Ramona, Santa
Ysabel, Campo and Warner Springs.

The NWS issued a red flag warning effective until 6 p.m. in the county's
valley, forest and mountain areas, including the portion of the Cleveland
National Forest that juts into northern San Diego County.

Humidity levels could dip into the single digits today, according to NWS
meteorologists.

A wind advisory indicating sustained winds of 35 mph or greater will be
in effect until 3 p.m. in the valleys and mountains of San Diego County.

The NWS warned motorists to be extra cautious when driving in high
winds, especially while at the wheel off high-profile vehicles.

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