SANTA BARBARA, Calif. - The forecast is moving the fire danger needle as the National Weather Service issued a red flag warning on Sunday.
A red flag warning means there is a potential for the rapid spread of wildfires. High winds can carry a spark for miles and can also knock down power lines and blow dust and debris.
The warning for the Santa Barbara County mountains and south coast started at 6 p.m on Sunday and continue until 6 a.m. on Monday.
The mountains in Ventura County are also under a red flag warning. That warning extends to parts of Los Angeles County and could last through Thursday. Winds throughout Ventura County have the potential to reach upwards of 80 mph over the next few days.
Residents are reminded to use extra caution, be aware and prepare for the worst.
More information about red flag warnings and for resources about how you can be prepared, click here.