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Heightened fire concern in L.A. County foothills, mountains

August 5, 2010 | 10:08 am

Crown fire Dry weather and gusty offshore winds will pose a heightened fire risk Thursday and Friday in the foothills and mountains of Los Angeles County, according to forecasters with the National Weather Service in Oxnard.

Although the weather service does not plan to issue a red-flag warning, meteorologist Ryan Kittell cautioned that the expected conditions are similar to those that existed during last week's Crown fire, which burned more than 13,000 acres in the Antelope Valley.

“It wasn’t red-flag conditions, but it still grew quite robustly,” Kittell said of the fire. “It is very dry, and it will be kind of breezy, especially on the backside of the mountains, facing the Antelope Valley.”

A low-pressure system moving into the area is expected to bring more below-normal temperatures, he said.

“The trough will be pulling some very dry air off of the ocean, and that is going to start streaming in this afternoon and tomorrow,” Kittell said. “It does create a heightened fire concern.”

Areas of particular concern include Acton and the California Highway 14 corridor, he said.

-- Alexandra Zavis

Photo: The Crown fire last week in the Antelope Valley. Credit: Brian van der Brug / Los Angeles Times