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Strong winds send San Diego into red flag warning

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SAN DIEGO (CBS 8) - Firefighters are on high alert across the county Monday due to a red flag warning issued by the National Weather Service.

Strong northeast winds along with drier-than-normal conditions prompted the warning, which is set to expire Tuesday afternoon, and has Cal Fire on high alert.

"It's wind, doesn't matter if it's cold out or hot out. It's wind that's going to drive that fire. So fuel weather topography and weather being a wind component, it's huge in the rapid rate of spread of fires," Battalion Chief John Francois said.

Francois says even though the winds aren't whipping, they're not taking any chances. At the Ramona Airport. they have a spotter plane, two tankers, and a helicopter ready to go.

"Full fuel, full of retardant, crews on the ready, so we can go at a moments notice," Francois said.

The windy conditions are being felt all the way up on L.A. In one area, they were so bad they uprooted a large tree that came crashing down onto a Mustang.

Winds in San Diego County haven't been that bad, but with these conditions, when you're talking about fire, it doesn't matter. That's why Cal Fire is asking people to be mindful.

"So today just maintain that cautiousness. You don't want to be that person that accidentally starts that fire," he said.

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