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Sundowner winds creating brush fire concerns for southern Santa Barbara County

Marek Piwnicki

Strongest winds predicted for Tuesday night, but there could be a second wave Wednesday night.

Parts of the Tri-Counties could see some gusty sundowner winds, a situation which is creating brush fire concerns.

Southern Santa Barbara County could see wind gusts in the 40 to 60 mile an hour range. There is a Red Flag Warning for Santa Barbara County’s mountains from 5 p.m. Tuesday until 9 a.m. Wednesday, as well as a Fire Weather Watch.

The strongest wind is expected Tuesday night, but there could be a weaker sundowner event Wednesday night.

A system moving our way from the Pacific Northwest will mean a big change in the weather Thursday, with a cooling trend, and temperatures four to eight degrees below normal for this time of year.

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.