Santa Ana winds continue to increase wildfire risk in Riverside County

RIVERSIDE (CNS) - Gusty Santa Ana winds will continue in most of Riverside County Friday, Jan. 15 amid dry and unseasonably warm conditions, significantly raising the risk of wildfires. A red flag warning will be in effect in the Riverside metropolitan area and the Riverside County mountains until 4 p.m. Saturday. The warning had been set to expire Friday afternoon, but forecasters extended it amid predictions of continued gusty winds. According to the National Weather Service, winds were expected to die down somewhat Friday afternoon before picking up again Saturday. ``The next round of Santa Ana winds will develop Saturday morning, peak Saturday afternoon into Saturday night with strongest gusts to around 45 mph, then diminish Sunday,'' according to the NWS. ``With humidity remaining
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