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Extreme heat, lightning heighten fire danger in California

August 28, 2011 |  8:34 am

Piñon Hills fire

Another broiling day is on tap for large swaths of Southern California as the National Weather Service issued an excessive heat warning.

The hottest temperatures are expected Sunday afternoon and evening. The San Fernando Valley could reach 106 degrees and the Antelope Valley could top 110 degrees. Palm Springs could hit 115.

Mountain and desert areas could see lightning and thunderstorms, raising concerns about brush fires. A lightning strike caused a fire in Piñon Hills on Saturday that destroyed a mobile home and burned 335 acres.

On Saturday it was 106 degrees in Lancaster, 103 in Burbank and a refreshing 78 in Avalon on Catalina Island.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration recommended that those subject to excessive heat  schedule rest breaks in shaded or air-conditioned environments, such as libraries or shopping malls.

Cooling centers are open at community facilities across Los Angeles and can be located by dialing 211.

If you plan to be outdoors, the Los Angeles Fire Department recommends you avoid alcohol and wear sunscreen and loose-fitting clothing. Children, pets and the elderly should be checked often.

Symptoms of dehydration and heat cramps include dizziness, fatigue, faintness, headaches, muscle cramps and increased thirst, and they should be addressed immediately.

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Photo: Piñon Hills fire. Credit: KTLA viewer "AJ" / KTLA News

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