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Fire Fighters Race Against Santa Ana Winds

The return of strong, gusty winds to southern California has prompted the National Weather Service to issue a red flag warning, which means critical fire weather conditions.

A weather service statement says northerly winds have already begun to kick up in mountain areas and more winds are expected to develop in the valleys overnight and tomorrow.

Forecasters say winds with gusts of 50 miles per hour are expected in canyon areas through Wednesday, with humidity dropping to five to 15% over the next few days.

The red flag warning will be in effect from 11 p-m today until 3 p-m Wednesday in the Angeles National Forest and Los Angeles County mountains.

Firefighters are scrambling to mop up hot spots from the Burbank and Topanga wildfires before the return of those high winds.