Santa Clarita under red flag warning, wind advisory

A faint rainbow appears behind a tree empty of its leaves on Valencia High School's campus on Wednesday. Katharine Lotze/Signal

The Santa Clarita Valley will be under red flag warning, for gusty winds and low humidity, through 8 p.m. on Sunday, according to the National Weather Service.

The SCV will also be under wind advisory until 3 p.m. with winds expected to blow from 20 to 35 mph and gusts reaching up to 55 mph throughout the morning and into the afternoon.

Drivers are also urged to use caution as powerful cross winds can make driving difficult.

Naturally, these high winds also bring increased risk of new wildfires and growth of existing ones.

“These powerful Santa Ana winds will bring considerable blowing dust and ash across the area from recent fire activity,” said the NWS in the issued warning. “In addition, very rapid fire spread, long range spotting, and extreme fire behavior will occur on the Ventura county portion of the Thomas Fire and any new ignitions today.”


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