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Red Flag warning continues through 10 a.m. today

Posted: December 30, 2013 7:08 a.m.
Updated: December 30, 2013 7:08 a.m.

A Red Flag warning for gusty winds and high fire hazard remains in effect until 10 a.m. today in the Santa Clarita Valley.

High winds on Sunday drove a 15-acres fire in San Francisquito Canyon, but a robust firefighter response prevented damage to nearby homes, the battalion chief on the scene said.

“We did have many, many homes in the path of the fire and a handful of homes that were being immediately threatened,” county Fire Department Battalion Chief Tom Stukey said in an interview at the scene Sunday.

“But due to the brush clearance and defensible space that homeowners had around those homes, we were able to get our resources in there and make an aggressive attack on the fire behind those homes.”

Stukey called the fire, near Lowridge Place just east of San Francisquito Canyon Road, an example of “the fire season that won’t seem to end.”

“We need to get more than one good rain storm to increase our fuel moistures to put a stop to the fire season,” he said. “But in Southern California there really is no end to the fire season. It goes year round.”

Winds were expected to gust to 40 mph through this evening, and relative humidity stood at 4 percent to 12 percent across the foothills and wind-exposed locations, National Weather Service forecasters said in a Red Flag warning.



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