High temps, winds put LA, Ventura fire crews on alert


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The warnings expired at 4 p.m. Monday. Strong winds, low humidity and high temperatures make a recipe for brush fires. Forest Ranger and Battalion Chief Kenneth Nelson made sure his equipment was in order just in case.

"Any time there's potential for a red flag, or a red flag, basically all of our folks come out of the woodwork," he said. "We've got staffing to staff our strike team, we've got extra ranger patrol."

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The red flag warning didn't bother Jim White after a hike in Santa Clarita. He said it wasn't windy up in the hills.

"I'm more afraid of rattle snakes than a fire," he said.

But don't let the lack of wind fool you. According to the National Weather Service, the Santa Anas were blowing in sporadic gusts in some areas. Firefighters weren't taking any chances, especially with all the dry vegetation around -- the perfect fuel for a fire.

"We are so dialed in to what's going on with the weather. We're listening to weather updates every half hour," said Nelson.

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