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UPDATE: Red Flag Warning Cancelled for Santa Monica Mountains

The recent heat wave has primed dry vegetation across the entire region, according to forecasters.

UPDATE at 4 p.m. Wednesday: The red flag warning issued for the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area was cancelled just before 4 p.m. Wednesday.

The storm moved inland before reaching the area around Malibu, Agoura Hills and Calabasas.

"Significant or widespread dry lightning is no longer expected," the National Weather Service reported.

Original post: A weak low pressure system could bring dry lightning to the region Wednesday, prompting forecasters to issue a red flag warning for the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area.

"The recent heat wave has primed dry vegetation across the entire region with most areas reporting critical fuel moisture levels," National Weather Service forecasters warned.

The warning is in effect from midnight to 5 p.m. Wednesday.

The low pressure system is expected to move through the region Tuesday night into Wednesday morning, making the atmosphere unstable from the San Luis Obispo County Mountains to Ventura and Los Angeles County, the NWS reported.

Wind gusts up to 40 mph are expected around the thunderstorms, according to the NWS.

Dry lightening can result in fire ignition and help fires spread rapidly, according to Capt. Mike Parker of the Sheriff's Headquarters Bureau.

Pacific Palisades and Brentwood are at the base of the Santa Monica Mountains.

Odysseus Bostick August 22, 2012 at 03:52 PM
The limited points of entry and exit for communities like the Palisades worries me, particularly when there is roadwork in the area and we have these weather patterns that are prime for fire. The upcoming incline project is a prime example of necessary infrastructure improvements that have massive potential to prevent a safe evacuation route for Palisades residents. I hope our council member is insisting on penalties and incentives that encourage the contractors running this upcoming operation to complete it swiftly in addition to providing noise blankets for area residents that might make it easier to initiate 24 hour work crews. But, all of this has to happen before work begins - because success begins with planning ahead. These small details are important.

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