Kern County under Red Flag Warning

Eyewitness News’ Aaron Perlman delivers his weather forecast. (KBAK/KBFX photo)

Kern County has been issued its own fire weather warning.

Until 4 p.m., there could be wind gusts near 40 mph for the areas of Frazier Park, Tehachapi and Lake Isabella. Dry air and mild temperatures are also helping drive the fire threat.

I expect the fire weather warning to return Friday.

The Thomas Fire in Ventura County has been updated to 96,000 Acres with 5 percent containment. This fire has been very wind-driven, and the winds will continue to gust up to 70 mph until 4 p.m.

The high wind warning holds until Friday at 4 p.m. in Ventura, San Diego, Riverside and San Bernadino counties. Because of this, the fire weather warning has been extended until Friday at 8 p.m., which means the conditions are favorable for more wildfires throughout the next 48 hours.

The dry, windy and mild afternoon weather will likely continue into the weekend. High pressure over the western half of the U.S. will keep the dry and mild air.

Highs end above normal in the 60s and near the low 70s. This will be a good 10-degrees above normal.

As of right now, no rain is forecast for the next 10 days. The ridge will hold off any major changes.

However, an offshore low to our southwest will move inland Sunday. This will help fire crews to our south, but no rain forecast with the low. Temps may drop a bit, but that is it.

Air quality is in the moderate range. Wood burning is discouraged.

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