The National Weather Service issued a Red Flag Warning for the Santa Barbara mountains because of upcoming fire conditions.
The warning takes effect Friday tonight and will continue throughout the weekend as a combination of strong winds, low humidity, and warm temperatures develop in the area.
On Saturday afternoon, Santa Ana winds will pass through the area, bringing the most significant fire threat in the past five years, according to a press release from the County Fire Department. (To see which area is affected by the warning — specifically area CAZ252 — go to this site and scroll down for a .pdf map.)
In addition, a long period of low humidity and wind gusts in the 30-40 mph range can be expected.
Residents are urged to report any sign of smoke immediately, use extreme caution when operating spark- or flame-producing machinery, have an evacuation plan, and report any suspicious behavior.
For more information visit sbcfire.com.