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11:51 AM Thu, Nov. 15th

High winds could wreak havoc today

KINGMAN - With strong winds and low relative humidity expected today, the National Weather Service has issued a fire warning.

On Wednesday, the Las Vegas office issued the hazardous weather warning for northwest Arizona, southeast California and southern Nevada.

The wind advisory starts at noon and continues through 8 p.m., and wind gusts in the area could reach up to 50 mph. The temperature is expected to reach a high of approximately 64 degrees and a low around 38 degrees.

"There's a storm system moving through the area, and because of their origins, they're primary wind producers for this area and Mohave County," said meteorologist Mike Kennedy from the Las Vegas office.

Low relative humidity values and very dry fuels will create critical fire conditions. The red flag warning will be in effect through the evening. "After the front passes through, things will kind of die down," Kennedy said. "Friday, things will be cooler. Saturday, we'll warm up."

On Monday, a similar storm system with north winds will brush the region, and the area could see a repeat of today, Kennedy said. "We're not sure there will be enough to put out an advisory."

A wind advisory is issued when winds reach between 40 mph and 57 mph, he added. If the Las Vegas Office were to do so, the advisory would be released on Saturday.

For the latest information, go to www.wrh.noaa.gov.