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Wind alert issued for East County

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SAN DIEGO (CNS) - A high-wind warning went into effect for the East County mountains and deserts Monday, reflecting conditions likely to increase challenges faced by air and ground crews battling a 900-acre wildfire in the Campo area.

The "red flag" alert, issued by the National Weather Service at noon, will run through 6 p.m. Tuesday. The NWS institutes the warning when strong air currents, low humidity and warm temperatures combine to create a high risk of wildfire.

Monday's blustery conditions stem from an eastward-moving low-pressure system, according to meteorologists.

Over the period, winds will blow through eastern San Diego County at 15-25 mph, gusting up to 55 mph, the NWS reported. The lowest daytime humidity levels will drop to about 5 percent, the agency advised.

The so-called Old Fire, which erupted about 2 p.m. Sunday off Old Highway 80 and Miller Valley Road, destroyed a home and an outbuilding and forced hundreds of residential evacuations while spreading east of Pine Valley.

As of early Monday afternoon, crews had the burn area roughly 30 percent contained, according to Cal Fire.


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