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Strengthening Santa Ana winds return to Thomas Fire

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Gusty offshore winds are returning to the Thomas Fire burn area after several days of calmer wind conditions. 

A strong ridge of high pressure has produced elevated fire danger all week long. 

A red flag warning remains in effect through Friday morning, however it could be extended into the weekend. 

Today, fire danger could increase to the "critical level" due to high winds and low humidities. 

Winds in the Santa Barbara County mountains are forecast to gust up to 25 mph out of the northeast and increase into Thursday evening. 

In Ventura County, northeasterly winds may gust up to 55 mph Thursday. 

Relative humidities across the south coast will remain dangerously low, measuring 3-10 percent. 

The unable, dry air mass over the Thomas Fire may result in large fire smoke plumes which will impact winds near the fire and cause erratic fire behavior.

Friday, a trough will sweep through producing some relieving onshore flow. However, the cooler system will not last long. 

By Saturday, winds will pick up once again and temperatures will trend upward into next week. 

Stay with KSBY News for the latest fire weather forecast. 

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