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East County News Service

August 6, 2018 (San Diego’s East County) – The National Weather Service has issued a red flag alert in effect from 4 p.m. today through 9 p.m. Tuesday for all of San Diego County and much of Southern California. 

“.If fire ignition occurs, conditions are favorable   for very rapid fire spread including long range spotting, and  extreme fire behavior which would threaten life and property,” the NWS warns.

Those conditions include strong winds, dry fuels and hot, dry weather. Triple digit heat is forecast inland.

Avoid use of open flames or equipment which could spark fires, and be sure your vehicle is in good condition. The devastating Carr Fire, which cost several lives in Northern California, was started by a flat tire driven down to the rim which caused sparks.

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