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Dry air continues to be an issue with the Thomas Fire

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Winds across the Thomas Fire in Santa Barbara County were gusty this morning but have for the most part calmed.  Winds 5-15mph are expected thru the afternoon with some local gusts to 20mph in Santa Barbara County with winds up to 30mph in Ventura County.  Red flag warnings continue for both areas but largely due to the dryness of the air, some relative humidity numbers have dropped to the 5-15% range which is a concern for the way fuels behave in fires.

No big changes in the weather pattern this week with a ridge of high pressure under dominant control.  Interior valley highs will be in the 70s and coastal valley temps could near 80 for the next few days.  Next chance of rain is closer to Christmas.

Due to the lighter airflow, there isn’t much to dissipate smoke in the region.  Air quality alerts are in place and will likely continue until better fire management takes place.

The fire is impacted by wind conditions but fires also create their own microclimate conditions due to superheating and potential plume behavior.  Stay tuned to KSBY and social media for more updates.

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