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Red Flag Warning Issued for San Diego County

San Diego Gas & Electric shut off power service to some customers in the area of Cuyamaca, Descanso and Boulder Creek as a precaution.

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    Red Flag Warning in Effect for Most of County

    The warning is expected to be lifted at 10 p.m. tonight. NBC 7's Chris Chan has the details. (Published Friday, Oct. 19, 2018)

    San Diego County is under a red flag warning Friday for inland sections, closer to the foothills and mountain passes, NBC 7 Meteorologist Sheena Parveen said.

    The warning was issued through 10 p.m., according to the National Weather Service. 

    "We'll see increasing northeast winds developing more after sunrise along with a drop in humidity," Parveen said. 

    Humidity was expected to drop into the teens. 

    Wind gusts as high as 35 mph were recorded in Alpine as of 5 a.m.

    San Diego Gas & Electric shut off power service to some customers in the area of Cuyamaca, Descanso and Boulder Creek as a precaution.

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    NBC 7's Audra Stafford shows what conditions are like in Alpine early Friday morning.

    (Published Friday, Oct. 19, 2018)

    Fire officials say with a lot of dry fuel in the areas under the warning, the combination of high temperatures, low humidity and strong winds create a dangerous combination.

    Cal Fire officials have increased staffing and advise residents to avoid any activity that may spark a fire in these conditions. 

    People who live in East County and have been through some of our worst fires say more needs to be done to keep fires from starting in the first place.

    "Our firefighters work their behinds off. They're hard workers and I know they do a good job of putting them out, but they shouldn't have to put so many fires out," said Alpine resident Julie Munoz.

    This map from Cal Fire shows the areas of Southern California under a red flag warning Friday.
    Photo credit: Cal Fire

    A red flag warning means that critical fire weather conditions are either occurring now or will shortly.

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