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Mar 26, 2010 11:52 AM

Gusty winds prompt red flag fire warning

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) Warmer temperatures coupled with low humidity and strong winds has led authorities to issue a red flag warning for southeastern Arizona.

The National Weather Service in Tucson said the warning is in effect from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.

The warning means the area is ripe for wildfires, which because of the strong winds could spread rapidly.

The weather service said a low pressure system moving into the region is expected to bring sustained winds of 20 to 30 miles-an-hour, with gusts to 45 mph in some places.

Temperatures for the region are expected to be in the mid- to upper 70s, and the relative humidity is projected to be between 6 and 14 percent.

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Information from: Arizona Daily Star, http://www.azstarnet.com

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