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Red Flag Warnings increases So Cal fire threat again today

Santa Ana winds to return as firefight continues.

Posted: Dec 13, 2017 10:26 AM

After announcing increased containment on one of the biggest wildfires in California history, officials say communities remain at risk and the threat could increase as unpredictable winds whip up again.

According to the Associated Press, Red Flag warnings for fire danger due to Santa Ana winds and a critical lack of moisture have been extended, with a possible increase in gusts Thursday into Friday.

Evacuations continue for the seaside enclaves of Montecito, Summerland and Carpinteria and the inland agricultural town of Fillmore.

Officials announced Tuesday night that crews had carved containment lines around one-quarter of the blaze straddling Santa Barbara and Ventura counties.

The so-called Thomas fire has burned more than 900 structures, at least 700 of them homes. It stretches across nearly 370 square miles of Southern California, making it the fifth largest in state history.

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Chico
Broken Clouds
63° wxIcon
Hi: 76° Lo: 46°
Feels Like: 63°
Oroville
Clear
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Hi: 72° Lo: 47°
Feels Like: 59°
Paradise
Broken Clouds
63° wxIcon
Hi: 70° Lo: 50°
Feels Like: 63°
Chester
Clear
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Hi: 68° Lo: 37°
Feels Like: 42°
Red Bluff
Clear
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Hi: 81° Lo: 46°
Feels Like: 65°
Willows
Broken Clouds
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Hi: 78° Lo: 42°
Feels Like: 63°
One more warm day on Monday then cooler weather ahead with some clouds and mountain showers possible. Also high fire danger this week.
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