A RED FLAG WARNING IS IN EFFECT TODAY FOR THE TRI-COUNTY AREA DUE TO EXTREME FIRE CONDITIONS.   THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE ISSUED THE ALERT FOR PARTS OF THE SANTA CRUZ, SANTA LUCIA AND SAN BENITO MOUNTAINS, ALONG WITH THE LOS PADRES NATIONAL FOREST AND THE INTERIOR OF MONTEREY COUNTY, WHICH INCLUDES PINNACLES NATIONAL PARK.  THE WARNING IS IN EFFECT UNTIL 3 O’CLOCK TODAY.   HUNTERS, CAMPERS AND OTHERS VISITING THE OUTDOORS, AS WELL AS PRESCRIBED BURNERS, SHOULD EXERCISE EXTREME CAUTION TODAY.  CAL-FIRE SAYS A COMBINATION OF STRONG WINDS, LOW RELATIVE HUMIDITY AND WARM TEMPERATURES CAN CONTRIBUTE TO EXTREME FIRE BEHAVIOR.

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