- Associated Press - Thursday, November 12, 2015

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Gusty Santa Ana winds and low humidity levels are bringing extreme fire danger to Southern California.

The National Weather Service has issued red flag warnings and watches through Friday evening for Ventura and Los Angeles counties, especially the mountains, valleys and coastline.

Winds gusting to around 40 mph and single-digit humidity could turn small fires into big ones.

There’s less of a threat in Riverside, San Bernardino and San Diego counties.

Temperatures should start rising later Thursday and could be above normal through the weekend. Highs will generally be in the 70s.

Farther north, wet weather earlier this week dumped snow in the Sierras, allowing some ski resorts to open days earlier than planned.

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