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Heat Wave Hitting Central, South Coasts; Sets Stage For High Brush Fire Danger In Parts Of Region

(KCLU photo)
There is elevated brush fire danger for parts of Santa Barbara county, including San Marcos Pass

Public Safety Power Shutoffs a possibility

A combination of a heat wave and wind is creating some potentially dangerous brush fire conditions for parts of the South Coast. A Red Flag Warning is in effect for Southern Santa Barbara County from 6 p.m. Monday to 6 a.m. Wednesday.

About 5100 Southern California Edison power customers in the county may be impacted by precautionary Public Safety Power Shutoffs, which are intended to prevent the power grid from accidentally triggering a fire.

The areas notified include parts of Montecito, San Marcos Pass, and a swath of the mountains and foothills above the Gaviota coastline.

The heat wave is expected to mean temperatures 10 to 20 degrees above average for this time of year. The hottest temperatures are expected Tuesday through Friday.

Lance Orozco has been News Director of KCLU since 2001, providing award-winning coverage of some of the biggest news events in the region, including the Thomas and Woolsey brush fires, the deadly Montecito debris flow, the Borderline Bar and Grill attack, and Ronald Reagan's funeral.