LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — A red flag warning was in effect for much of the Southland Wednesday due to potentially strong winds, high temperatures and low humidity levels, the National Weather Service said.

The warning has been issued in Los Angeles, Ventura, Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo counties, with gusts reaching 65 mph.

“We need everyone to be aware that we are in red flag in March, which is rare, but true,” Batt. Chief Mark Savage of the Los Angeles County Fire Department said.

Orange County coastal areas, the Santa Ana mountains and portions of the Cleveland National Forest are also under the warning.

The winds will make driving difficult for high profile vehicles along I-5 and Highway 14, as well as Topanga and Malibu canyons.

Red Flag parking restrictions have been issued within the City of Pasadena to ensure emergency vehicles can access remote areas.

The warning will be in effect until 6 p.m. Wednesday, however potential weather conditions Thursday remain a concern for the NWS.

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