Santa Ana winds to raise local wildfire hazards again this week

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RIVERSIDE (CNS) - Strong Santa Ana winds are expected again in Riverside County beginning late Tuesday, raising the threat of wildfires through Thursday evening. The National Weather Service issued a red flag warning that will be in effect from 11 p.m. today to 6 p.m. Thursday for the county mountains and valleys. The Coachella Valley was not included in the warning. The conditions — featuring winds out of the east and northeast at 25-35 mph, with gusts reaching 55 mph in the valleys and 80 mph near mountain ridge tops — could be the strongest of the season so far, forecasters said. Humidity levels could drop as low as 5% on Wednesday with poor overnight recovery expected through Friday. Wind speeds will increase around 9 p.m. today and continue increasing through Wednesday morning
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