A Red Flag Warning for fire-weather danger was issued Tuesday by the National Weather Service.
The warning will be in effect from 5 p.m Tuesday until 9 a.m. Wednesday.
A Red Flag Warning signifies that critical fire weather conditions are either occurring or will be shortly. A combination of strong winds, low relative humidity, and warm temperatures can contribute to extreme fire behavior.
Winds are predicted to come from the north-northwest, with gusts of 30-50 mph. Isolated gusts up to 60 mph are possible in the Gaviota and Montecito areas.
Additionally, a Red Flag Watch will be in effect from 9 a.m. Wednesday until 5 a.m. Thursday
A Fire Weather Watch will remain in effect until 5 a.m. Thursday for the Santa Ynez Mountains and surrounding areas.
A combination of moderately strong northerly pressure gradients, weak cold advection, and increasing winds aloft will contribute to the first Fire Weather Watch of the season over the Santa Ynez Mountain Range,” according to the NWS.
“Warm and dry conditions will occur in the foothills just above Santa Barbara and Montecito both Tuesday and Wednesday evenings, with temperatures from 75 to 85 degrees and humidity lowering to 15 to 25%.”
Winds of 25-35 mph are expected, with gusts to 60 mph or greater, forecasters said.
“A Fire Weather Watch means that critical fire weather conditions are likely to occur in the coming days. Residents near wildland interfaces should prepare now on what to do if a wildfire breaks out,” according to the watch.
“If fire ignition occurs, there could be rapid spread of wildfire that would lead to a threat to life and property.”
Daytime highs on Tuesday and Wednesday are expected to be in the upper-70s, with overnight lows in the upper-50s.
Conditions should cool off on Thursday into the weekend, with a slight chance of showers on Saturday.
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