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Sat Nov 2, 2019, 08:05 PM

Southern California braces for more fire weather with tinder-dry vegetation

Southern California braced for more fire weather Saturday as the region faced ongoing low humidity and tinder-dry vegetation.

Firefighters in Ventura County north of Los Angeles meanwhile continued to battle the Maria Fire, which spread quickly late Thursday through Friday across more than 9,000 acres, threatening avocado, lemon and orange crops.

"There was some progress, then a lot of challenges," Ventura County Fire Chief Mark Lorenzen told reporters at a news conference. "We are not out of the woods yet. We still have 24 hours of critical fire weather ahead of us."

With wind gusts blowing through the area at speeds as high as 35 mph coupled with the dry conditions, the National Weather Service extended its red flag warning until 6 p.m. Saturday for the Ventura County and Santa Clarity valleys and some other nearby areas. Winds were expected to weaken by Saturday night.


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