Increased fire danger expected in Riverside County Thursday and Friday

The Horseshoe Fire broke out in a rural area between Nuevo and San Jacinto last month. Mike Murawski/Cal Fire Riverside photo
 City News Service RIVERSIDE (CNS) - Temperatures are expected to remain cool Wednesday, but winds will increase and humidity will drop to bring an increased risk of fire danger throughout Riverside County for the end of the week. The National Weather Service issued a Red Flag warning that will be in effect from 3 a.m. Thursday to 8 a.m. Friday in the Coachella Valley and from 3 a.m. Thursday to 6 p.m. Friday in the Riverside metropolitan area, the Riverside county mountains and the San Gorgonio Pass near Banning. Winds could reach 30 mph today in the Coachella Valley and 20 mph in the Inland Empire. Those winds will begin blowing east and northeast after midnight — but remain in the 20-30 mph range — and gusts could reach 50 mph by Thursday afternoon, forecasters said. The strong
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