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Fire officials on alert during high winds

November 30, 2011

CAL FIRE is increasing staff and equipment in preparation for high winds and low humidity expected throughout areas of California, including Orange County, according to a news release.

In some places, winds of up to 60 mph are expected, which can increase the risk of wildfires in Southern California.

"The recent devastating wildland fire in Reno is a reminder that fires can burn during the winter months even when temperatures are low," Chief Ken Pimlott, CAL FIRE director, said in a statement. "With the strong winds forecasted, the fire danger will increase in many areas and we will have extra firefighters on duty so that we can respond to any new wildfires that may ignite."

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High winds are expected to continue over the next few days.

—Kelly Parker

Twitter: @KellyParkerTCN

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