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Red Flag Warning issued over concerns of dangerous dry lightning

Posted at 11:41 PM, Aug 15, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-16 02:43:55-04

The National Weather Service has issued a Red Flag Warning that is in effect until 10 a.m. Sunday due to concerns of thunderstorms with dry lightning.

There is an increase in chances of wildfires starting in proximity to thunderstorms due to lightning beneath the dry thunderstorms.

Fires may spread rapidly due to dry fuels and gusty outflow winds near thunderstorms. Dry thunderstorms may develop across Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo Counties.

Any storms that develop will likely produce abundant lightning over receptive fuel beds due to the current heat waves.

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A Red Flag Warning means that critical fire weather conditions are either occurring now or will shortly.

Use extreme caution with potential fire ignition sources.