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Fire danger high for LA, Ventura mountains

November 5, 2012 12:00:00 AM PST
Red-flag warnings for wildfires were issued for the mountains of Los Angeles and Ventura counties as high gusts of winds sweep over the dry region.

Due to the heightened threat of fires, the National Weather Service said the warnings would be in effect from 7 p.m. Sunday through 4 p.m. Monday.

"Our Santa Ana winds start blowing through October, November, even into December sometimes, so fire season's not over, "said Ventura County Fire Capt. Ron Oatman."Veteran firefighters actually consider the fall their true fire season. Even though we have a long, hot summer ... when the Santa Ana winds start blowing, all bets are off."

Some areas could receive gusts of up to 40 mph. Temps were expected to reach the mid-90s in the Los Angeles, Orange County, valley and Inland Empire areas Monday, before a big drop on Thursday.

The hot weather, low humidity and Santa Ana winds raise the risk for brush fires, and residents say they are worried.

"It definitely concerns me. I'm scared of fires. I obviously don't want that to happen," said Malibu resident Jacinta Ducreay.