Critical fire weather conditions to hit Santa Barbara County Thursday

Gusts up to 50 mph expected

SANTA BARBARA COUNTY, Calif. - A Red Flag Advisory has been issued for parts of Santa Barbara County beginning on Thursday at 6 p.m. until 10 a.m. Saturday with winds up to 30 mph.

The National Weather Service issued a Red Flag Warning due to strong winds and low humidity causing critical fire weather conditions. 

According to the NWS, winds to the north are expected to be from 20 to 30 mph with gusts up to 50 mph. These will be strongest in the canyons and foothills, especially in Santa Ynez Valley on Friday evening. 

Humidity is expected to drop between 10 and 20 percent with temperatures in the mid 80s to mid 90s during the afternoon and evening. Temperatures could reach triple digits in isolated areas, including the Santa Ynez Range.

The Santa Barbara County Office of Emergency Management warns that if a fire ignites, the strong winds, low humidity and warm temperatures may contribute to dangerous and extreme fire behavior that could pose a threat to life and property. 

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