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Fire watch issued for mountain areas

December 03, 2007|Evelyn Larrubia

It will be hot and windy again Tuesday, prime conditions for wildfires, according to the National Weather Service.

The agency has issued a fire watch in the area mountains, including the Santa Monica mountains above Malibu, where highs are expected to be in the high 70s to mid-80s.

Contributing to the risk of fire will be low humidity of 8% to 15%, said meteorologist Joe Sirard.

Winds are expected to reach 15-20 mph, with gusts of up to 40 mph.

"It's going to be a very warm day and, of course, very, very dry fuels -- that is prompting the weather watch," Sirard said.

-- Evelyn Larrubia

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