Santa Ana winds continue to increase wildfire risk in Southern California

RIVERSIDE (CNS) - Although a red flag warning has expired for western Riverside County and mountain areas, the National Weather Service has issued a "high wind watch" for late Monday through late Tuesday. During this period, northeast winds of 25 to 35 mph, with gusts up to 65 mph, are expected. In response to the warning, the U.S. Forest Service reported Saturday morning that it has "prepositioned" 27 engines, four crews, three air tankers and two "very large" air tankers in the Southern California mountains, which include Riverside, Los Angeles, Ventura and San Bernardino counties — "with more resources inbound." A red flag warning means any fires that develop will likely spread rapidly and outdoor burning is not recommended, according to the NWS. A "wind watch" means the cond
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