SANTA BARBARA COUNTY, Calif. -

A Red Flag Warning has been issued for parts of Santa Barbara County by the National Weather Service.

The Red Flag Warning is in effect from 3 p.m. Thursday to 6 a.m. Friday for  the Santa Barbara County mountains and south coast.

Strong winds of 25 to 35 mph with gusts up to 55 mph are expected. The NWS says these strong winds combined with low relative humidity and warm temperatures can create extreme fire behavior.

A Red Flag Warning is issued when critical fire weather conditions are either occurring now or will shortly.