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Southern California will be buffeted by back-to-back Santa Ana wind events this week, bringing an elevated fire risk to parts of the region.
The National Weather Service office in Oxnard expects the first round of high winds and low humidity to hit Los Angeles and Ventura counties overnight Tuesday and into Wednesday. A second round is possible Saturday.
Although the region was hit by record rainfall last week, not all areas received significant precipitation, said Lisa Phillips, a meteorologist with the Oxnard office.
Wednesday’s winds will dry out grasses, and the second round will further dry fuels, Phillips said, priming them for potential fires.