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Red-Flag Warnings Expire, Leave Brush Fires in Their Wakes

Fires big and small stretched all across the Southland.

Screenshot of the Camp Pendleton brush fire from the Camp Pendleton Scout Facebook page.
Screenshot of the Camp Pendleton brush fire from the Camp Pendleton Scout Facebook page.

Red-flag warnings for dangerous “fire weather” have officially expired for Orange, San Diego and Riverside counties but left a slew of brush fires in their wake.

The National Weather Service had issued red-flag warnings for much of the Southland because of very low relative humidity coupled with locally gusty winds.

By 6 p.m., the winds had died off enough to expire the warnings, in place since 6 Friday morning.

The weekend, however, was not without incident.

  • On Camp Pendleton, 2,500 acres burned, forced evacuations of residents and even a hospital. A base spokesman posted at 9 p.m. on Facebook that the fire was 20 percent contained.
  • In Santiago Canyon, Orange County, more than 120 firefighters “aggressively” worked Sunday to extinguish a brusher. By midnight, about 50 acres had burned, and the blaze was 25 percent contained.

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