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Wind, above normal temperatures create increased wildfire potential for South Coast

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Ventura County firefighters at the scene of the January 2020 Erbes Fire in Thousand Oaks. Firefighters knocked down the blaze in a few hours, with no structures damaged.

Despite elevated concerns, no Red Flag Warnings expected at this time.

The weather pattern is once again opening the door to increased wildfire danger on the South Coast.

High pressure impacting the western U.S. is creating warmer than normal temperatures. Ventura and Los Angeles Counties will have a moderate Santa Ana wind event, with the strongest gusts coming Wednesday.

The wind is expected to be in the 25 to 40 mile an hour range, significantly less than what we had during Thanksgiving week. At this point, there are no plans for a Red Flag Warning, or Public Safety Power Shutoffs.

Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo Counties could see some light wind, but once again, well below warning levels. The wind is expected to ease around the end of the week, with cooler temperatures for the weekend.

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.