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Red-flag warning issued in LA county

Gusty Santa Ana winds and low humidity have created dangerous fire conditions

LOS ANGELES | January 14, 2012

A red-flag warning has been issued in Los Angeles County as gusty Santa Ana winds and low humidity have created dangerous fire conditions, authorities said.

The National Weather Service issued a red-flag warning for the mountainous areas of the county Friday as wind gusts were expected to reach up to 45 mph, the Los Angeles Times reported.

In neighboring San Bernardino County, about 400 firefighters battled a 15-acre brush fire late Thursday that closed a highway in Crestline.

The fire was still burning Friday morning but no structures were threatened and no evacuation had been ordered, authorities said.

One firefighter was injured, possibly suffering an ankle fracture, KTLA-TV, Los Angeles, reported.

Temperatures were expected remain in the mid-70s all weekend with humidity dropping below 10 percent.

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