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Despite the cold, conditions still ripe for wildfires

December 07, 2011
(Raul Roa/Staff…)

Despite the cold temperatures, the National Weather Service today said dry, breezy conditions could create "a dangerous forest fire environment."

The agency lifted its red-flag warning in Los Angeles and Ventura counties for the first time since the storm blew through six days ago.

As of early Wednesday morning, Southern California Edison said nearly 3,000 customers, primarily in the San Gabriel Valley, still were without power after last week's fierce windstorm downed power lines.

Morning winds could reach 15 mph in the Glendale-Pasadena area, where temperatures weren't expected to get past the mid-60s for most of the week, according to the weather service.

A cold Santa Ana wind event is expected on Friday and again on Sunday, the agency warned.

-- By Angel Jennings and Jason Wells, Los Angeles Times

Image: National Weather Service

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