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San Luis Obispo County looks set for a warm, dry Fourth of July weekend, with an increased risk of fires.

A prolonged heat wave will bring warm, dry conditions to Southern California, accompanied by wind gusts of 20 to 40 mph (32 to 64 km/h), according to a National Weather Service warning.

From Thursday evening through Friday evening, weather conditions will be favorable for fires in the mountainous and interior areas of San Luis Obispo County in the interior valleys and mountains, and in the southern Salinas Valley, Cuyama Valley and Santa Lucia Mountains.

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A fire warning means that critical weather conditions for fire are likely to occur in the coming days.

Residents near wilderness border areas can now prepare for what to do if a wildfire breaks out by visiting readyforwildfire.org and wildfirerisk.org.

The announcement comes after multiple vegetation fires broke out in and around San Luis Obispo County on Wednesday afternoon.

That included a fire on Cuesta Grade, which backed up traffic on Highway 101 almost to San Luis Obispo.

Meanwhile, PG&E warned customers in the highest areas of San Luis Obispo County that they could lose power if the utility has to shut off power this weekend as a safety measure to reduce the risk of wildfires.

According to the San Luis Obispo County Office of Emergency Services, the possible closure would last from Friday morning through Saturday.

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John Lynch is a housing reporter at the San Luis Obispo Tribune. Originally from Kenosha, Wisconsin, John studied journalism and telecommunications at Ball State University, graduating in 2022.